Everyone from NASA pilots to MMA fighters goes through oxygen deprivation testing and training. There are websites devoted to helping you train under conditions of reduced oxygen, in order to boost your athletic prowess. But does it work? And how could oxygen starvation possibly make you stronger?
Suppose you've been given a few weeks to live, but you've decided you don't want to spend your last days in a hospital bed. What if you decide, "Today is a good day to die," in a suitably stentorian Klingon voice? And you want a method of self-annihilation that's both interesting and nearly pain-free?
Ugly though they may be, the naked mole rat might be the animal kingdom's greatest superhero. And their most recently discovered superpower — the ability to survive lengthy periods of oxygen deprivation — could help save human brains.