3/28/2005:

Intermediate Word:  bilious -  (a) puffy-faced  (b) melancholy  (c) irritable  (d) alcoholic
Difficult Word: - dinkum    (a) genuine  (b) a thing-a-majig  (c) jolly good- (d) rotten
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Science Can Know What You Are Thinking - SpaceDaily  By decoding signals coming from neurons, scientists at the California Institute of Technology have confirmed that an area of the brain known as the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vPF) is involved in the planning stages of movement, that instantaneous flicker of time when we contemplate moving a hand or other limb. The work has implications for the development of a neural prosthesis, a brain-machine interface that will give paralyzed people the ability to move and communicate simply by thinking. Most research in this field involves tapping into the areas of the brain that directly control motor actions, hoping that this will give patients the rudimentary ability to move a cursor, say, or a robotic arm with just their thoughts. Andersen, though, is taking a different tack. Instead of the primary motor areas, he taps into the planning stages of the brain, the posterior parietal and premotor areas.  
Robonaut Developing A Smarter More Sensitive Side - SpaceDaily  Left: These NASA-inspired innovations are also paving the way for some important commercial uses for the fiber-optic sensors  In the not-so-distant future, the hand tightening bolts during space structure assembly might not be human. Tomorrow's astronauts will find themselves working side by side in space with human-like robots called "Robonauts." And while the faceless machines might look a little strange, these Robonauts are really quite sensitive. These "hands" had to be capable of exerting just the right amount of force and control to perform critical jobs. They needed to mirror the skillfulness of a human hand. These "hands" had to be capable of exerting just the right amount of force and control to perform critical jobs. They needed to mirror the skillfulness of a human hand. The sensors may help to tap new deepwater oil reserves around the world.  

Turning Homes Into Small Factories - Seattle Time  Left:  'A small autonomous robot built in an FDM rapid prototyping machine. It is about 200mm in diameter. The robot was made to demonstrate a new RP process we've developed for the direct incorporation of electrical conductors into rapid prototypes'.  A revolutionary machine which can make everything from a cup to a clarinet quickly and cheaply could be in all our homes in the next few years. Dr Bowyer is working on creating the 3D models needed for a rapid prototype machine to make a copy of itself. When this is complete, he will put these on a website so that all owners of an existing conventional machine can download them for free and begin making copies of his machine. 




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