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Oddities News Archive - October 06, 2011

Robotic Hair Salon Shown Off In Japan

A newly developed robot, from engineers at Panasonic, was developed to help thinly-stretched staff at healthcare facilities, a common problem in Japan that has a growing elderly population.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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