The fight against cancer reached a weird new level after Singapore’s centuries-old chilli crab dish inspired boffins to build a tumour-removing robot. Widespread reports explain that the gear, which is mounted on an endoscope, has a small pair of pincers to grab the affected area, an even smaller hook to slice off the cancerous …
Oh, the irony!
"Quite what the hawkers of Singapore’s fabled food markets think about one of their most famous creations being associated with a life-threatening illness remains to be seen"
Well, the better-informed ones, or at least the ones familiar with astrology, would know that the Latin word "cancer" means "crab", so it always was associated thus!
The irony, of course, is a crab-inspired technology being used to cure that illness.
You're going to feel
A slight pinch.
drat. and there was me hoping that there was going to be a scientific bases for consuming vast amounts of chilli crab... ah well...
Scientific excuse for eating lots of chilli crab?
.. it tastes SO good! Almost as good as pepper crab or butter crab.
What other reason d'you need ..?
Goes well with beer. That's scientific enough for me.
Dead right. The German language has actually kept this link until today - so "Krebs" means cancer, the Cancer star sign, or a crab.
(Off-topic: The Virgo star-sign is "Jungfrau" in German, which means "virgin". As a lad of 16 or so, I thought things were moving a bit fast when my German girlfriend said "Ich bin Jungfrau". But sadly she was only talking about her star-sign and wasn't initiating hanky-panky...)
No tit for tat for you, then.
From TFA: "With the help of a tiny camera attached to the endoscope, the surgeon sees what's inside the gut and controls the robotic arms remotely while sitting in front of a monitor screen."
I think that makes this a sort of crab-waldo rather than a proper full-on robot. A nano-bot-crab sitting in one's stomach, stripping out cancerous cells and drawing its nourishment from chilli was what I was kind of expecting. Too much, I know.
Let me know
when they put on an endoscope a small pair of pincers, a small camera and light, an even smaller hook and a tiny graduate oncologist from Johns Hopkins Medical School specializing in tumor quarrying.
"The robotic gadget could be ready for commercial use in another three." You mean we can use them on _Bankers_?
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