Stanford University assistant professor and bioengineer Manu Prakash has created a microscope out of what is basically layered cardstock and a micro-lens. The “Foldscope” is made from around 50 cents in materials, and is meant to provide a new tool in diagnosing cases of malaria. Prakash recently spoke at a TED Conference about “Foldscope” and its applications. More details about the device, which is incredibly sturdy and includes no mechanical parts, are available at Stanford’s Scope Blog.
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