Bioengineer builds 50-cent paper microscope




Very Cool. They could name it The 4 Bits Microscope.


Blimey, apparently Malaria causes fatal deaths.

Cool bit of kit though.


These would be great as educational kits which also donate one or two where they are needed.


This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Smart people applying brains to solving fundamental problems - top points, chapeau!


Good, I'm tired of the whole zombie meme.


The actual paper is at as a PDF. Has descriptions, analysis, detailed pictures of building the thing, parts lists.


Aside from being paper, it is essentially van Leeuwenhoek's microscope:


Oh, it's a bit better than that. Yes, it's single lens, but a single modern lens. Plus it has an LED light source -- rather better than the sunlight old Anton had to use.


A Kickstarter-type project for this could be very popular. Buy 10 for $50 or something and 10 are donated for education somewhere. OMFC. One Microscope (Fluorescent) per Child.

I'd actually be totally interested in helping develop teaching modules to go along with the kit.


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Mad props.


The components are new, but the concept is van Leeuwenhoek's. Not an invention, but a variation of an old design for a new (and noble) purpose.


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