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Formula 3 driver fractures vertebrae during violent airborne crash: report

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 7 are here. Check out what's clicking on Alex Peroni, a Formula 3 driver, fractured his vertebra but miraculously survived after his car was sent spinning in the air before it slammed against a safety fence during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza Eni Circuit, Italy. He was seen walking away from the incident with the support of race doctors where he was taken away in an FIA Formula 3 World Championship vehicle. The Australian reportedly had concussion-like symptoms and minor back pain, which turned out to be the fractured vertebra, according to

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Cold War bomb tests show shark's age at time of death

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Cold War atomic bomb testing from more than 50 years ago has helped scientists correctly determine the age of whale sharks for the first time. An international team of scientists measured levels of a carbon isotope in shark bone that permeated the oceans during atomic bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s. The presence of the carbon isotope – carbon-14 – in the shark bone told them that two sharks were up to 50 years old at time of their eventual death. The study of the whale shark – the world's largest fish – will help ensure the future of the endangered and protected species, the researchers say. 'Earlier modelling studies have suggested that the largest whale sharks may live as long as 100 years,' said Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Western Australia.

NASCAR driver Aric Almirola to miss 8 to 12 weeks because of fracture in vertebra

Los Angeles Times

Aric Almirola celebrated a victory with his family one weekend, then found himself on a backboard in a helicopter on the way to the hospital just seven days later. Almirola fractured a vertebra in a crash Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and could miss up to three months of the NASCAR season. The 33-year-old Almirola will heed doctor warnings and not rush back to racing because he has been warned further injury could lead to paralysis. "Everybody is telling me that with this type of fracture it is eight to 12 weeks, so I'm not happy about that," Almirola said. "Getting back in a race car two weeks too soon is just going to add two more starts to my start column and the stat book.

Robotic tails for humans are here

Fast Company

A group of researchers from Keio University in Japan has created a robotic tail for humans. Called Arque, the robotic tail prototype was designed to do what a real tail does: balance out the rest of the body. The researchers, who are part of Keio's graduate school of media design, presented the work last week at the 2019 SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, which focuses on graphics, gaming, and emerging technology. The appendage was inspired by a seahorse's tail, which is strong enough to withstand predators' bites but still flexible to grip things in its environment, like coral. The researchers' prototype was also designed to fit whoever ends up wearing it: the tail can be adjusted to the wearer's body by adding or removing modular "vertebrae."