- What do you do to relieve physical pain?
- What was the latest invention you know?
- reaction /ree-AK-shuhn/
- equal /ee-kwuhl/
- feature /FEE-cher/
- fascinating /FAS-uh-ney-ting/
- sharp /shahrp/
[noun] – behavior, a feeling or an action that is a direct result of something else
I love to watch people’s reactions when they watch their favorite movies.
[adjective] – to be the same in value or amount as something else
One box may look bigger than the other, but in fact they are equal in volume.
[noun] – a typical quality or an important part of something
Our latest cellphone model he bought has several new features.
[adjective] – extremely interesting
I found the whole movie fascinating.
[adjective] – happening suddenly, quickly, and strongly
There was a sharp increase in the number of cases of the disease yesterday.
At this moment, experts at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have created a synthetic skin that copies this device and responds to pain stimuli. They applied silicone rubber to make it; it has the sense of actual skin and is also very equal to the skin in its features, mentions Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University and the project’s head researcher. She added that it could start innovative developments in robotics and prosthetics.
Comparable to the actual skin, the synthetic version is made to react when pressure, heat or cold exceed a pain threshold. Its surface layers sandwich electronic circuits studded with sensors, which react to stimuli. According to Bhaskaran, the fascinating thing about our body is that it works by transmitting electrical signs into the central nervous system. Electronic circuits do the same way, and are just as sharp, she explains.
- Who is Madhu Bhaskaran?
- According to Madhu Bhaskaran, what is fascinating about our body?
- What did the experts create at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia?
- Is pain essential for survival?
- According to the article, what does pain tell us about?
- Do you think pain is necessary for survival? Please explain your answer.
- Do you think this experiment is beneficial? In what ways?
- Do you think it is better not to feel pain at all? Why or why not?
- When was the last you felt pain? How did you cope with it?
- How important is your skin for you? Please explain your answer.