Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

IT’S hardly the rodeo scene in the Aus­tralian Out­back or the mid­west of the US but still these Euro­pean beast riders take their sport of sorts pretty se­ri­ously.

Ox rac­ing is a sport in the Ger­man district of Bavaria, but when a Taufkirchen fra­ter­nity sought to hold an ox race to cel­e­brate its 125th an­niver­sary the or­gan­is­ers could not find enough male oxen trained for rac­ing, so they broad­ened the race pa­ram­e­ters to in­clude camels. Eight oxen and four camels took part in the 100m race in a com­bi­na­tion of an­i­mals that is re­port­edly a first in Bavar­ian his­tory.

Ox rac­ing is big in other parts of Bavaria in­clud­ing Mun­sing, where the event is held once ev­ery four years. ITAL­IAN re­searchers yes­ter­day un­veiled a new ro­botic hand they say al­lows users to grip ob­jects more nat­u­rally and fea­tures a de­sign that will lower the price sig­nif­i­cantly.

The Hennes ro­botic hand has a sim­pler me­chan­i­cal de­sign com­pared with other such my­o­elec­tric pros­thet­ics, char­ac­terised by sen­sors that re­act to elec­tri­cal sig­nals from the brain to the mus­cles, said re­searcher Lorenzo De Michieli.

He helped de­velop the hand in a lab backed by the Ital­ian Institute of Tech­nol­ogy and the INAIL state work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion pros­thetic cen­tre.


Alex Hin­ter­mair clings to his ox Maxl dur­ing a race on As­cen­sion Day in Bavaria at Taufkirchen, Ger­many.

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