Tsaparis Tscience: Planes, Kidneys, and Leopards

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 8:58 AM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-04 12:06:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - This morning on Tsaparis Tscience, Max is bringing us a wide array of science stories!

There is a new kind of airplane that is making the sky a little greener. It's a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft. It was announced earlier this week that it will attempt to make its first round-the world flight March of next year. The founders of "Solar Impulse 2" hope to complete the journey over four months. It will probably take that long considering the plane only flies at 50 mph.

When you hear that something is WAK you don't automatically think about kidneys. But a new device that his helping kidney dialyses patients is literally WAK; it's the "wearable Artificial Kidney". Conventionally, people who need kidney dialyses to clean their blood have to be tethered to a large machine for hours at a time.But now doctors at the University of Washington have created a device that patients can wear around their waistline. It's currently in the trial period but if it works, the WAK could be made smaller and more comfortable for extended use.

Finally, a hungry leopard makes a daring jump from a tree and gets an impala as its reward. A photographer for Africa Geographic got this footage in Botswana and said the leopard had been waiting to attack for ten minutes before finally making its move as the herd drifted closer to the tree.

You can hear more about all of these by clicking on the video to the left.

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