Headline of the Day: Cancer/Crab/Robot/Stomach

Today’s Headline of the Day is from a Reuters report by Tan Ee Lyn. The headline manages to implicitly make both the mythic, astrological connection between cancer and crabs and the dietary connection between crabs and the stomach, and to include a trendy mention of robots (which are in fact the focus of the story):

Experts build crab-like robot to remove stomach cancer

The article goes on to say:

SINGAPORE | Feb 1, 2012 – Inspired by Singapore’s famous chili crab dish, researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that can remove early-stage stomach cancers without leaving any scars….

They developed the robot after a seafood dinner in Singapore in 2004 with top Hong Kong surgeon Sydney Chung, who suggested they fashioned their device after the crab. Chung is best known for fighting SARS in Hong Kong in 2003.

“He (Chung) suggested we used the crab as a prototype. The crab can pick up sand and its pincers are very strong,” said [enterologist Lawrence] Ho.

BONUS: How to cook crab in Hong Kong:

(HT Debra Sherman)

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