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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Have You Got A Light, Boy?

The popular Jewish winter holiday of Chanucah begins on Saturday evening and students at the Haifa Technion have devised a brilliantly innovative way of lighting the candles on a chanukiah (nine sconced candelabra) by building a Rube Goldberg machine.

Congratulations are due to Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management.

* According to Wikipedia “a Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.”  And Goldberg? Well, he was a bit like an American Jewish Heath Robinson. So now we know!

Best wishes for a Chanucah sameach (happy Chanucah) from Natalie Wood and Brian Fink in Karmiel, Galilee.


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