Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 7 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com 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 autosport.com.
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.
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."
Almirola says he'll heed his doctor warnings and not rush his way back to a race car, which could take eight to 12 weeks. He also says doctors warned him that further injury could lead to paralysis. Almirola suffered a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra after he crashed Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Regan Smith is substituting for Almirola in the No. 43 Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the qualifying event for the All-Star race. Denny Hamlin missed four races -- and started but didn't complete a fifth -- after suffering a compression fracture of the L1 vertebra in a 2013.