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Last updated at 15:54 GMT, Thursday, 10 November 2011

Mind reading crash course

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Stopped in the nick of time!

This road safety system uses lasers to detect potential hazards. If the driver doesn't brake, the car does.

Now a new Swiss project is looking to take things further by reading drivers' minds.

Researchers are testing its viability by monitoring brainwaves to see if they can predict the driver's next move.

The hope is technology could intervene to prevent accidents.

in the nick of time

just in time

road safety

driving without accidents

hazards

dangers

viability

workability

intervene

act on behalf of someone else

Exersise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from a BBC news report.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

in the nick of time / road safety / hazards / viability / intervene

1.

An iceberg of the size expected will need to be monitored carefully, and not just because it could eventually become a __________ to shipping. The biggest icebergs can have a major impact on their surroundings.

2.

During the debate Mr Cameron said a no-fly zone had "effectively been put in place over Libya". He added: "It is also clear that coalition forces have helped to avert what could have been a bloody massacre in Benghazi. In my view they did so just _______________."

3.

Twenty soldiers also died in fighting in the central city of Homs. Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned western powers not to _________ - saying that could cause what he called an "earthquake" that would burn the whole of the Middle East.

4.

Plans have been announced to improve ___________ in a Staffordshire town. The scheme includes installing a pedestrian crossing and improving a footpath close to where a person was knocked down and killed, in 2009.

5.

Even the __________________ of the euro has always been in question, with its creation having been seen by many to have been driven by political rather than economic reasoning.

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How did you do?

1

hazard

2

in the nick of time

3

intervene

4

road safety

5

viability

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