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Millirobot: a revolution in minimally invasive surgery?

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It can move even through liquids and impassable environments, using a wide variety of movement modalities: Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile soft robot. It is able to reach areas of the body that are otherwise difficult to access. This holds great potential for minimally invasive surgery. Find out more in our current interview.

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Image: Millirobot next to a cent piece; Copyright: MPI-IS
Robotics open up countless new possibilities for medical technology. Especially highly miniaturized robots could be increasingly used in minimally invasive surgery in the future. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile millirobot, which is able to move smoothly through rough terrain. They were mainly inspired by the world of insects.
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Mobile millirobot for minimally invasive surgery
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Scientists develop new tool for imprinting biochips

The new technology could allow researchers to fit more biochemical probes onto a single biochip and reduce the cost of screening and analyzing changes associated with disease development, detecting bioterrorism agents, and other areas of research.
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Why the world looks stable while we move

Every head movement changes the image of our environment that enters our eyes. We still perceive the world as stable, because our brain corrects for any changes in its visual information due to those head movements.
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Sensitive freight: clinical specimens


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Oftentimes, many days and miles lie between the time patient specimens are collected and subsequently analyzed. That’s also why the proper packaging is crucial to ensure pristine and - above all - securely sealed clinical specimens. However, different types of samples also require special packaging and labeling for transport.
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Sensitive freight: clinical specimens
Twofold protective shield: Packaging for patient samples
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Revolutionizing Cancer Research with Diamond

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being revolutionized: With the nanodiamond the tumor tissue can be detected sooner and distinguished better from the healthy surrounding tissue.
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