Diane Van Deren
Diane Van Deren suffered from constant seizures due to epilepsy. Before sensing a ‘premonition’ of a seizure, she would immediately go running outside to prevent the seizure from occurring. Eventually she went through a lobotomy procedure, removing a portion of her brain that dealt with her perception of time. This enabled Diane to receive an unusual yet interesting advantage when running in ultra-marathons. With a distorted judgment of time, she was able to run for days without feeling the same sense of exhaustion normal runners would experience if they were able to sense how long they had been running for. Diane is now one of the best ultra-runners in the world.
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Antarctic neutrino observatory detects unexplained high-energy particles | Nature
Hot on the heels of detecting the two highest-energy neutrinos ever observed, scientists working with a mammoth particle detector buried in ice near the South Pole unveiled preliminary data showing that they also registered the signal of 26 additional high-energy neutrinos. The newfound neutrinos are somewhat less energetic than the two record-setters but nonetheless appear to carry more energy than would be expected if created by cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere—a prodigious source of neutrinos raining down on Earth. The particles thus may point to unknown energetic astrophysical processes deeper in the cosmos.
“The result right now is very preliminary,” cautions Nathan Whitehorn of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who described the new data May 15 during a symposium in Madison on particle astrophysics. “We’re not totally certain right now that it’s from an astrophysical source.” But it is difficult to explain the number and energy of the detected particles by invoking known processes within the solar system. “If this does in fact hold up with more data, and this does turn out to be an astrophysical source, then we’ll be able to address some questions in ways that were totally inaccessible before,” Whitehorn adds.