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Snowy Cabin - Christmas 2008

HEADLINES

Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms –

*Mentally disabled, autistic kids injured, traumatized in school seclusion rooms

  • *13-year-old Georgia boy hanged himself in room with cord teacher gave him

  • *Autistic Iowa girl confined in school storage closet where she pulled out her hair

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/12/17/seclusion.rooms/index.html#cnnSTCVideo


James Hughes “Weight fears over suitcase man”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hereford/worcs/7786631.stm

    US “Recession’s bite hits Americans with disabilities extra hard”:

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2008/12/05/recessions-bite-hits-americans-with-disabilities-extra-hard.html


Romy Smith “Field Fisher Waterhouse wins compensation for dextrose overdose girl”:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/12/prweb1752464.htm


Man is attacked in street for £10 … A man with learning difficulties was assaulted and forced to hand over cash on a Hartlepool Street.”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tees/7774780.stm


AUSTRALIA “Boost for autism carers … Parents with autistic children will be able to obtain disability support after a decision to change the law recognised the condition as a neurological disorder.”:

http://www.theage.com.au/national/boost-for-autism-carers-20081213-6xyi.html


Wales “New powers bid to support carers”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7772821.stm


Family Fund Extra is launched”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18289


UK Autism: Appeal to PM Brown on Mortgage Rescue Plan”:

http://www.bloggernews.net/118870


Why are families with disabled children hardest hit during a recession?”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/dec/17/srabani-sen-family


UK Autism Foundation appeal on winter fuel poverty”:

http://www.bloggernews.net/118951

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132612.php


Showing signs of strain … Charities helping disabled children’s families report huge increases in the numbers asking for help”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/dec/09/disability-childrens-services


Foreclosure possible for “Extreme Makeover” family … Judy and her husband Larry, who both are deaf, face foreclosure on a house that was remodeled on ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in part to accommodate their blind, autistic son.”:

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081208/METRO02/812080425/1001/rss21


Credit crunch slows expansion of independent mental health sector”:

http://www..publicnet.co.uk/news/2008/12/11/credit-crunch-slows-expansion-of-independent-mental-health-sector/


TREEHOUSE “Over 40 MPs, Councillors and key decision makers take part in national awareness campaign … It can often be a battle just to get your child the support they need – at school and in the community. People don’t understand autism and that’s at the heart of the problem. So the Walk In Our Shoes event was all about involving MPs and Councillors and raising awareness so that we can work together towards change in our schools and our communities.”:

http://www.24dash.com/news/Communities/2008-12-11-Over-40-MPs-Councillors-and-key-decision-makers-take-part-in-national-autism-awareness-campaign


Parking fine for one minute wait”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7763903.stm


Bad science: It’s not what the papers say, it’s what they don’t”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/06/bad-science-mmr-vaccine


FOREVER STORY ~ Creative Showcase Awards “Give them tools, win awards … Last there was the wonderful CHI and Partners with their ‘Forever Story’ – a user-generated tale devised to promote the partnership between Talk Talk and the Treehouse, a charity for children with autism.”:

http://www.iabuk.net/en/1/giveconsumerstoolswinawards101208.mxs

http://aspie-editorial.blog-city.com/fwd__the_forever_story.htm


Noodle Nation supports the NAS”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18274

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RESEARCH


Newspaper publishes series examining mental health among Hispanics, Asians”:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132461.php


Setback in child development could be signs of regressive autistic spectrum disorder”:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132505.php


Scientists find potential clues to epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia”:

http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-58550.html


Schizophrenia “Phase 3 Data demonstrate efficacy and tolerability of Paliperidone Palmitate, an investigational long-acting therapy for the treatment of schizophrenia”:

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1608855/phase_3_data_demonstrate_efficacy_and_tolerability_of_paliperidone_palmitate/


Self-harmers include boys too”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7783347.stm


Worldwide search for asthma clue”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7766656.stm


Can kissing make you go deaf?”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7777191.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7772902.stm


Brain cell hope for hearing loss”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7770665.stm


Australia “Depression hits young women”:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24811777-23289,00.html

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EDUCATION


Exclusion of an AS student”:

http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/exclusion-how-write-decision-letter-3923


Ongoing Battle for Parents “Special needs highlighted … Inquiry chairman Brian Lamb has said some local authorities in England are not meeting their legal obligations.”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7777773.stm


It’s official – OFSTED rates the Robert Ogden School as ‘outstanding”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18342


Please save our school”:

http://www.southmanchesterreporter.co.uk/news/s/1084744_please_save_our_school


South Africa: “Laying the foundations of an inclusive society”:

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/topstories.aspx?ID=BD4A900650


Tenacious teenager wins top achiever award”:

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2472743.0.Tenacious_teenager_wins_top_achiever_award.php


Ambassador for UK science”:

http://news.scotsman.com/scitech/Ambassador-for-UK-science.4778591.jp


Autism school closes, public schools blamed”:

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/35821854.html


Bypass team visits residential school for vulnerable children”:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/972605?UserKey=


Brislington enterprise college”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/bsf/brislington


Professor Gary Mesibov of Division TEACCH back in Wales by popular demand”:

http://www.awares.org/pkgs/news/news.asp

showItemID=932&board=&bbcode=&profileCode=&section=


Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills to launch bilingual autism publications”:

http://www.awares.org/pkgs/news/news.asp?showItemID=931&board=&bbcode=&profileCode=&section=

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EMPLOYMENT


UK “ARE you a qualified trampoline coach? Or would you like to train to be a trampoline coach? If so, Barrow Trampoline Club for Children with Autism need your support. Please contact Lis Stephenson for more information on 01229 407310, or email: lis.stephenson@cumbriacc..gov.uk”:

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/sport/1.282286


Disabled people only in China factory”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7769720.stm


Council buy factory for disabled workers”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/7767701.stm


Giving a helping hand this Christmas … Three people with learning disabilities are giving a helping hand to Christmas shoppers at Watford’s John Lewis store.

Brian Charge, 41, from Leavesden, who is autistic, Zak Wilding, 16, from St Albans, and Ray Webster 21, from Borehamwood, both of whom have Asperger’s, are packing shopping at the tills and helping customers around the store.”:

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/3981727.Giving_a_helping_hand_this_Christmas/

Manic depression killed my career”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7764369.stm


James Purnell accused of introducing US ‘workfare’ with benefits reform”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/dec/10/jamespurnell-welfare

“Family Fund Extra is launched”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18289


No more something-for-nothing”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/10/welfare-disability


Auties.org”:
Individuality, Diversity, Equality, Achievement

Auties..org is an Aspie & Autie friendly site for all people on the Autistic Spectrum who are ready to dare reach out to occupation and employment, open the doors to the community and market their abilities directly to the public and for those interested in supporting these pioneers.

http://www.auties.org/


Prospects”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=473&a=2348


AutismJobs”:
Linking job seekers with vacancies in work related to autism, Aspergers and ASDs
http://www.autismjobs.org/?section=00010009


Current job vacancies within the NAS”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=170


For further employment information, please view”:
http://aspie-editorial.blog-city.com/employment_on_the_autism_spectrum.htm

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GENERAL/HUMAN INTEREST


Say Hello To Edward Campaign “A painful race against time”:

http://www.halesowennews.co.uk/newsxtra/3954207.A_painful_race_against_time/


A Positive View “Autism, from a sibling’s view”:

http://media.www..dailycollegian.com/media/storage/paper874/news/2008/12/10/News/Autism.From.A.Siblings.View-3576459.shtml


Girls’ autism signs miss early diagnosis”:

http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081214/FEAT/812140310


Program helps developmentally disabled find a place to call home”:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/392045_parkview13.html?source=rss


A flash way to store personal medical data”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/dec/11/research-gadgets


For these teenagers, charity begins in the garden”:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/specials/times_appeal/article5309605.ece


Can a car be too quiet?”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/04/green-living-electric-cars


Mum of two makes light of the credit crunch”:

http://www.hounslowchronicle.co.uk/west-london-news/local-hounslow-news/2008/12/03/mum-of-two-julie-makes-light-of-the-credit-crunch-109642-22403468/


Support the NAS this Christmas”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=227&a=14564

Christmas Market 2008, Switzerland

SWITZERLAND

Swiss flag

School and Centre for Autism

  • Worldwide Autism Association. Postfach 8052. Zurich. Switzerland

  • Schweizerische Informations – und Dokumentationsstelle fur Autismusfragen. Petrus Kanisius – Grasse 21. CH – 1700 Freiburg. Switzerland. Tel. No.: +41 26 300 77 48 Fax. No.: +41 26 300 97 49

  • Association Suisse Romande de Parents d’ Enfants. Autistes et de Personnes Interessees par I’Autisme. 23 Hameau de la Fontaine 1040 Echallens. Switzerland. Tel. No.: +41 21 883 00 83 Fax. No.: +41 21 883 0084 e-mail: autism.ch.f@bluewin.ch

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Autism Europe: Switzerland:

http://www.autismeurope.org/PORTAL/Default.aspx?tabid=449

Swiss Beauty

Switzerland Facts, Travel Videos, Flags & Photos

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_switzerland.html

Ernen, Swtzerland

World Music: Switzerland:

http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/worldmusic/view/page.basic/country/content.country/switzerland_881

Bear of Bern

Switzerland on Wikipedia”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland(These children caused a stir!)

Switzerland.com: Discover the plus.

Business, Science, Culture, Government, Geography & People

http://www.switzerland.com/en.cfm/home

Swiss Army ... Chocolate?

St. Moritz Attractions & Activities

http://www.magicswitzerland.com/activities/stmoritz.htm

Christmas view, Switzerland

Christmas in Switzerland

http://www.christmas-day.org/christmas-in-switzerland.html


Autisme Suisse Association de Parents
Rue de Lausanne 91
CH-1700 Fribourg
SWITZERLAND
tel: +41 (0)26 321 36 10
fax: +41 (0)26 321 36 15
e-mail: info@autism.ch
Website: http://www.autism.ch


(German)
Autismus Deutsche Schweiz
Fischerhöflirain 8
8854 Siebnen
SWITZERLAND
tel: +41 (0)55 440 60 25
fax: +41 (0)55 440 60 25
e-mail: info@autismus.ch
Website: http://www.autismus.ch


(French)
Autisme Suisse romande

2, Avenue de Rumine
CH – 1005 LAUSANNE
SWITZERLAND
tél. +41 (0) 21 341 93 21
fax +41 (0) 21 341 90 79
e-mail: info@autisme-suisse.ch
Website: http://www.autisme-suisse.ch


Fondation Pour L’Education Des Enfants Autistes
“La Taniere”
CH- 1125 Monnaz-sur-Morges
SWITZERLAND
tel: 41-21-801-0220
Website: http://www.hapi.ch/FEDEA.htm


Schweizerische Informations -und Dokumentationsstelle fur Autismusfragen
Petrus Kanisius- Grasse 21
CH – 1700 Freiburg
SWITZERLAND
tel: 41 26 300 77 48
fax: 41 26 300 97 49
(Remi Frei)

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ADD/ADHD


How is ADHD diagnosed”:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/specialreport/adhd/adhd-diagnosis.aspx


1 in 9 kids use alternative medicine”:

http://www.wapt..com/health/18245043/detail.html


Britain bans artificial food dyes”:

http://www.peoriatimesobserver.com/lifestyle/food/x776481032/Healthy-Eating-Britain-bans-artificial-food-dyes


ADRES “Adverse Drug Reaction Electronic System(Adverse Drug Reactions Website)”- This website provides patients, doctors, and other medical professionals with a comprehensive examination of adverse drug reactions (ADRs), side effects, and other safety information for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Our goal is to allow users of our website make informed decisions when taking (patients) or prescribing (doctors) drugs. We are providing unmatched information and analysis tools.

http://www.adverse-drug-reaction.net/


adders.org”
Our objective is to promote awareness to AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and to provide information and as much free practical help as we can to those affected by the condition, both adults and children, their families in the UK and around the World via this website.
http://www.adders.org/


ADDISS” The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service…
http://www.addiss.co.uk/index.html


ADDA”:

http://www.add.org/


hi2u ADHD Pages”:
http://www..adhd..org.uk/


CHADD”:
http://www.chadd.org/am/CustomPages/home/CHADD_Home.htm?CFID=2282059&CFTOKEN=38105335&jsessionid=f2303343221169802693562

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SPORT


Congratulations to our Santa runners”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1732&a=17187


PC Dad’s mountain trek for autism cause”:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/3977541.PC_dad_s_mountain_trek_for_autism_cause/


Trek the Inca Trail – 14-23 May, 2009”

Be part of this breath-taking open challenge and trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1863


Trek Ben Nevis – 19-21 June, 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1971


Flora London Marathon 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1823


It’s back! The London to Paris Bike Ride 2009 – 15-18 May”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1860


5-8th June, 2009 “Five Countries Bike Ride – England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1970

Trek the Inca Trail 2009 – 14th-23rd May”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1863

Trek Jordan 2009 – 10th-14th September”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1833


“Sky Diving”:

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MUSIC


Ladyhawke spreads her wings”:

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24813575-5003421,00.html


Stars Shine for Autism 2009 – 12th March, 2009

Featuring Alfie Boe and the London Chamber Orchestra”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1972&a=18050


The AutisMusic Project”:

http://www.autismusic.com/

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ART

Storm at Sea by David Braunsberg

Artist: David Braunsberg

David’s work is admired widely because of its exceptional sense of colour.

David has a certificate in Furnishing and Textiles, a diploma in Art and Design and has taken courses in silk painting, etching and printmaking. Some of David’s work was featured in the BBC documentary “The Autism Puzzle”. David was diagnosed with severe autism at age 4.


Mdina(Malta)

David’s art is inspired by organic forms, natural events and architecture; and colours are very important to David.

Around the World

http://www.autismart.org/


David Braunsberg “Portrait of the autist”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,4583480-103417,00.html


Image – example of David’s work”:

http://www.card-uk.org/albums/album_image/3052295/898368.htm


Art Auction – 26 February 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1972&a=18049


NAS Christmas cards”:

http://www.autism.org.uk/christmascards


ARTROOM ……where under 17s can make and display art online”:

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artroom/index.php

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MOVIES/ENTERTAINMENT


The Black Balloon “I’d just like to spank my critics … It won best film, best director for Elissa Down and supporting actor prizes for Luke Ford and Toni Collette.”:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/entertainment/film/id-just-like-to-spank-my-critics/2008/12/07/1228584656376.html

Dustbin Baby Airs on BBC1 ~ 21st Dec 3.25pm “Lizzy plays girl with Asperger Syndrome in “Dustbin Baby”:

http://aspie-editorial.blog-city.com/uk_screening_date__lizzy_plays_girl_with_asperger_syndrome_.htm


INDIA My Name Is Khan “My next role is of an autistic!”:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/India_Buzz/My_next_role_is_of_an_autistic/articleshow/3846230.cms


Adam”:

http://www.olympuspics.com/films.php?film=2


Acting with autism”:

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20081206/LIFE/112060003/-1/RSSTOP


Actors for Autism”:
http://www.actorsforautism.com/

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BOOKS


Raising an extraordinary child: Rex’s Story of Autism, Blindness, and God’s Grace”:

http://www.kkla.com/parenting/11596414/page2/

http://www.amazon.com/Rex-Mother-Autistic-Child-Transformed/dp/1595551506

Embracing the Wide Sky book cover

Coming Soon January 22 “Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind”

Author: Daniel Tammet

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Embracing-Wide-Sky-Enormous-Potential/dp/0340961384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228921906&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Wide-Sky-Across-Horizons/dp/1416569693


Coming Soon January 29 “Weird, Wild and Wonderful – A Father’s Devotion for his Autistic Son”:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132413.php


New “The 5-Point Scale and Anxiety Curve Poster

by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

http://www.asperger.net/bookstore_9023.htm


New “The Hidden Curriculum 2009

One-A-Day Calenday: Items for Understanding Unstated Rules

in Social Situations”

by Brenda Smith Myles and Megan Duncan

http://www.asperger.net/bookstore_9016.htm


New“The Social Times”

http://www.asperger.net/social_times/index.htm


New “Challenges to the Human Rights of People with Intelectual Disabilities”

Edited by Frances Owen and Dorothy Griffiths

Foreword by Orville Endicott

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843105909


Coming Soon “Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum:

What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Teen

and Teenage Years”

Shana Nichols

With Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Tetenbaum

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108559


Advocacy in Action: The Fourth Book of Speaking Up:

A Plain Text Guide to Advocacy”

John Tufail and Kate Lyon

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843104780


Asperger Syndrome and High Achievement:

Some Very Remarkable People”

Ioan James

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843103882


Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes”

Jennifer Elder

Illustrated by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108153


Autistic Planet”

Jennifer Elder

Illustrated by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108429

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MOVIE

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Release Date December 19th 2008

http://www.thetaleofdespereauxmovie.com/splash/

http://www.thetaleofdespereauxmovie.co.uk/

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VIDEO GAME(PS2)

Kingdom Hearts Gang

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

http://na.square-enix.com/khrecom/

http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Hearts-Re-Memories-Playstation-2/dp/B001G3B0HC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1229560371&sr=1-1

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TECH

The Spirit of Christmas

How To Make Cheap Wine Taste Like A Vintage”

The results were striking. With the gentlest treatment, the harsh, astringent wine grew softer. Longer exposure saw some of the hallmarks of ageing emerge- a more mature “nose”, better balance and greater complexity. The improvements reached their peak after 3minutes at 600 volts per centimetre: this left the wine well balanced and harmonious, with a nose of an aged wine and, importantly, still recognisably a cabernet sauvignon.”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026873.500-how-to-turn-cheap-plonk-into-fine-wine.html

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HEALTH

First Cases of Touch-Emotion Synaesthesia Discovered”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16298-first-cases-of-touchemotion-synaesthesia-discovered.html

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ROBOTICS

Robot

Robots Designed to Save Lives of Construction Workers”

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech won the grand prize at the 2008 International Capstone Design Fair with a trio of pole-climbing serpentine robots designed to take the place of construction workers tasked with dangerous jobs such as inspecting high-rises or underwater bridge piers.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081210144936.htm


To all … a safe, happy

and peaceful Christmas 2008.


Take Care,

Julie

Christmas Blessings of Peace & Love To All



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