Bioengineer builds 50-cent paper microscope


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#2

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


#3

Blimey, apparently Malaria causes fatal deaths.

Cool bit of kit though.


#4

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


#7

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

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


#8

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


#9

The actual paper is at arxiv.org http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.1211 as a PDF. Has descriptions, analysis, detailed pictures of building the thing, parts lists.


#10

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


#11

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.


#12

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.


#13

thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Mad props.


#14

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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