Tuesday, March 11, 2014


A Stanford researcher, Manu Prakash, has developed a 50-cent paper microscope capable of 2000x magnification.  His interest was chiefly in making an instrument for diagnosing blood-borne diseases like malaria.  However, the microscope has many other potential applications including basic science education.

An article in Scope, published by Stanford Medicine, describes the origami-like construction and use of the little microscope, and includes this Youtube video:

The web site for the project includes a request for 10,000 volunteers to beta test the Foldscope and to help in developing an open-source manual for the instrument.

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