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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Israeli students build neo-Biblical Jewbots

I can't help but suspect that Texas A&M is somehow involved in this story. Are there Israeli Aggie jokes?
Student engineers sent their gadgets whirring, spinning and buzzing across a pool of water Wednesday in a competition to re-enact the biblical Jewish crossing of the Red Sea and pour a ceremonial glass of wine -- all without anyone touching anything. The Technion, Israel's leading technical university, hosted the tongue-in-cheek competition with real prizes, a way of tickling the imaginations of budding engineers while providing a laugh or two along the way.
The special contraptions had to cross a three-meter (10-foot) distance with pool of water representing the Red Sea in the middle, pour wine into a glass and place it on the far side. No one thought it looked easy, but some were confident of winning first prize -- a check for $4,400.
I...I don't even know what to say. [Hat-tip: Lauren the Beleaguered Auditor]


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