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Hong Kong dentist helping to uncover the mysteries of the Pyramids

A self-described daydreamer, the dentist created tiny grips to fit on to a mini robot that will enter the tomb behind unmovable stone doors.

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The Pyramids of Giza still hold mysteries that researchers are trying to solve. (Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

A Hong Kong-based dentist by day and inventor by night, Ng Tz--chuen, will be part of a team studying the secrets still hidden in the narrow passageways of the Pyramids of Giza, according to Reuters.

Ng is part of a team, along with former Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Zahi Hawass, seeking to solve the mystery surrounding the stone doors that block what is believed is the tomb of Pharaoh Cheops - the ancient Egyptian ruler after whom the largest pyramid is named.

A self-described daydreamer, Ng, 59, thought up and created tiny grips, not unlike those he uses to pull teeth, to fit on to a mini robot that will enter the tomb behind the doors.

"The Chinese have more experience with chopsticks. And a dentist has more experience in gripping with forceps," said Ng to Reuters. "Why Egypt is so interesting, it's because of the hieroglyphics. It's like a detective story. It's all waiting for me to use my grippers."

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The Great Pyramid of Cheops, at nearly 500 feet, is the largest of the three pyramids located in Giza just outside of Cairo and was completed around 2,500 BC.

The chamber behind the solid doors and narrow shafts has bewildered archaeologists for over 100 years since their discovery. They speculate that it might be a burial room.

The international team, of which Ng is a part, will send small robots into the shafts to explore what might be deeper into the Pyramid - areas that have yet to be explored by archaeologists.

"I want to test my grippers in the most secretive places," the Daily Mail quoted Ng as saying. "Egypt is one of the testing grounds for my toys."

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