Cancer surgery is evolving quickly as researchers around the globe develop new techniques. The Lebanese University has created a robotic manipulator that precisely positions a laser used in photodynamic therapy. The laser activates drugs given to the patient, causing these photosensitizer drugs to activate and destroy cancerous growths. Researchers in Lebanon use National Instruments’ PCI-7334 to control the four stepper motors that move the laser head. Light must come from various angles to fully destroy the cancerous cells, so the head goes through many steps during the treatment.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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