Killing Cancer: Innovative Light Therapy Reaches Deep Tumors

Light is used to treat cancer, but phototherapy is only effective where light can easily reach, limiting its use to cancers of the skin and areas accessible with an endoscope. Using a mouse model of cancer, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have devised a way to apply light-based therapy to deep tissues never before accessible. Instead of shining an outside light, they can deliver light directly to tumor cells, along with a photosensitive source of free radicals that can be activated by the light to destroy cancer.

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Killing Cancer: Innovative Light Therapy Reaches Deep Tumors

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Imagery-Assisted Virtual Reality for Athletic Training

SIUE athletes used imagery-assisted virtual reality to increase their confidence and performance.

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How Blueberries Improve Cancer Treatment by Helping to Kill Cancer Cells

Blueberry extract combined with radiation can increase the effectiveness of cervical cancer treatment.

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Low-Cost Autonomous Car is Inspired by Insects

FlowBot is inspired by the way insects use an optical flow method to navigate and avoid obstacles in an agile manner.

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Aerial Insights Deploys Drone Technology for UAV Inspections and Data Collection

Aerial Insights is using drones with cutting-edge technology like thermal imaging to help power and infrastructure companies with maintenance and repair.


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The World's Largest 3D Printed Object for 777X Airplane at Boeing

The 777X wing trim and drill tool is now the world’s “largest solid 3-D printed item,” certified by Guinness World Records

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Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am