CAMELS TAKE ON OXEN IN BIG RACE
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.