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Imagine two parents walking around a night market on a crowded Sunday night with their six-year-old daughter. One minute she is happily shooting balloons with a fake gun; the next minute she is gone. The parents look around frantically before pulling out a pocket Global Positioning System (GPS). _(1)_
The lost-child scenario frightens practically every parent on Earth. With this and other forms of security in mind, VeriChip Corporation got into the billion-dollar business of injecting grain-of-rice-sized chips into humans. For a US$200 implanting fee plus a US$10 monthly charge, VeriChip assigns each customer a personal identification number. _(2)_ Alzheimer's patients, who may wander off from home and forget where they came from, would benefit greatly from this feature. _(3)_
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The Vespa craze that has been sweeping the globe may leave some wondering what all the hype is about. For some, the Vespa is just a bicycle with a motor, but for _(1)_, the Vespa is a symbol of hip, urban design.
The history of the Vespa _(2)_ just after World War II, when the Italian economy was in shambles. Engineer Enrico Piaggio was looking to create a new, inexpensive vehicle for the _(3)_. He didn't like big motorcycles because they were uncomfortable, dangerous, and required a lot of maintenance. Piaggio set his designers to work and they _(4)_ produced the world's first motorbike. Its flared rear and slim middle section made the body _(5)_ a wasp. So, the bike was named "Vespa," the Italian word for wasp.
- Jun 25 Wed 2008 11:37
The word Zen refers to a type of Buddhism. This form of Buddhism stresses meditation as a means to attain enlightenment about the world around you. Objects in your day-to-day life can even have a Zen feel to them. That is, the items _(1)_ can give you a sense of peace and tranquility when you look at them.
In today's hectic world, more and more people are looking for ways to relieve their stress and pressure. One _(2)_ technique both Buddhists and non-Buddhists use is enjoying a Zen garden. While typical gardens grow flowers or fruit, the goal of a Zen garden isn't to grow anything. Each item in the garden is there to _(3)_ nature. Rocks are especially important, as well as sand and, _(4)_ a lesser degree, plants and water. These earthly essentials allow the "gardener" to _(5)_ simple things in life and how they are connected to them.
For the most part, Zen gardens are fairly large. This doesn't mean that everyday people can't enjoy the benefits of having one. Instead, they can make or purchase miniature _(6)_ that will work just as well. A small box containing stones, sand, and a tiny rake make up a desktop Zen garden. When the gardener needs some time to himself or herself, all he or she has to _(7)_ is pick up the rake, and move it gently through the sand. For a moment of peace, it may be just what the doctor ordered.
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