Besides being utterly adorable and begging for a tiny training montage, this rat is actually demonstrating an impressive medical treatment. Because just a few weeks prior, it was actually paralyzed with a spinal cord injury.
Researchers have tested a tongue piercing that'll allow paralyzed people to steer their wheelchairs in any direction. All they have to do is move their tongue a specific direction and the wheelchair will follow.
Austin Whitney, a 22-year-old student, was able to walk on his graduation day at UC Berkeley. Why is that surprising? Because Whitney is paralyzed from the waist down and needed an exoskeleton to make those seven steps.
This is so cool. Hank Torres is paralyzed from the shoulder down but with the use of Swype and a head tracking device he was able to set the Guinness World Record for fastest hands free typing.
A neural engineer from Case Western Reserve University is reviving paralyzed limbs with an electricity hack. It's a brilliant workaround for spinal cord injuries, and it may someday let paraplegics activate their legs just by pushing a button.