Mind-controlled exoskeleton to help paralyzed teen to kick first ball at World Cup

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Advances in robotics and 3D printing are improving people’s lives.

Thanks to an international collaboration between universities such as Colorado State University, the Technical University of Munich and the Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil, a paralyzed teen is set to open this year’s World Cup by kicking a football while wearing a motorized exoskeleton controlled by his or her brain. (Video)

 

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2022 World Cup Will Beat the Heat with Artificial Clouds

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An artitist’s impression of the Al-Rayyan stadium which will play host to World Cup matches.

The 2022 World Cup has been awarded to Qatar, a country that averages 41 degrees Celsius (106°F) during June and July when the tournament is held.  There aren’t too many spectators that will be able to keep up their team spirit in that kind of heat, so organizers have been looking for a creative solution to help block the sun’s sizzling rays.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Accuses Paul the Octopus of Spreading ‘Western Propaganda and Superstition’

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Paul the Octopus

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.   He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.

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World Cup Made Of Cocaine Seized In Colombia

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The World Cup football trophy made of cocaine.    (Photo: AP)

Airports anti-drug chief Col Jose Piedrahita says that Colombian authorities found the unusual statue during a routine security check by anti-drug agents Friday in a mail warehouse at Bogota’s international airport.

The 36 cm (14 inch) statue was inside a box headed for Madrid, Spain. The statue was painted gold with green stripes on the base.

Mr Piedrahita said that laboratory tests confirmed the cup was made of 11 kilos (24 pounds) of cocaine mixed with acetone or gasoline to make it moldable. Continue reading… “World Cup Made Of Cocaine Seized In Colombia”

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World Cup Referees Study English Swears Words for England-United States Match

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Brazilian referees are studying English obscenities for the Englad-U.S. World Cup Match.

Brazilian referees for this weekend’s England-United States match at the World Cup in South Africa are studying English-language obscenities so that players can’t get away with abuse, the Associated Press reports.

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Young African Football Players Are a Hot Commodity in Europe

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A football academy for young players in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

The football World Cup is being held in Africa for the first time this year, but young African players have long been a sought-after commodity among Europe’s top clubs. While some youngsters make it to the top, many players end up on the streets. Critics talk of a new slave trade.

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