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Tsaparis Tscience: Solar Power Plane Flies Over Pacific

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 9:07 AM, Jul 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-30 08:24:27-04

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - One plane making history last week, flying four thousand miles from Japan to Hawaii without stops, and most importantly, without fossil fuel. The "solar impulse 2" used over 17 thousand solar panels and rechargeable lithium batteries to make the nearly 5 day journey. It took so long because it only averaged speeds of 40 miles per hour to conserve energy. 

 This one might creep you out a bit, it's a cockroach-like robot. Scientists at the u-c-Berkley wanted to make a bot that could maneuver tight spaces. So they took the same concepts of how cockroaches crawl around in the walls, and gave their robot a dome shell so it won't fall over. The end goal is for these little guys to investigate small areas that humans can't get to.

Well last week was "shark week" so it’s only fitting we talk about some of those scary but beautiful creatures. In the travel channel's new series "the way I see it" a free diver gets us up close and personal to Caribbean reef sharks. Here's the crazy part, she didn't use a cage or an oxygen tank when she went down there, but says thats because she respects the sharks so they respect her.