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[Yahoo] Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives

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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/super-cheap-paper-microscope-could-save-millions-lives-133616732.html?vp=1
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Manu Prakash, a professor at Stanford University and his students have developed a microscope out of a flat sheet of paper, a watch battery, LED, and optical units that when folded together, much like origami, creates a functional instrument with the resolution of 800 nanometers – basically magnifying an object up to 2,000 times.



What an incredible little invention. A 2000x magnification microscope for 50 cents, that's incredibly durable and easy to use?
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Wow, I might try to make one of these myself
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Awesome! Now I can avoid a vast majority of std's.sort of like a lie detector
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this is amazing, i can imagine how it would save lives in 3rd world countries, UN offering aid, war zones etc
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Glad to see this exist
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Love stuff like this, noble cause genius solution.
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Awesome! Now I can avoid a vast majority of std's.sort of like a lie detector

Hahah, don't even want to think about how that scene would pan out.. blinksmiley.gif
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Awesome! Now I can avoid a vast majority of std's.sort of like a lie detector

The verbal yoga a man would have to play to get a test sample without sounding like a creep.. not possible. lol
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Lol, video not avalible in my country lol
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I wonder how long this has been around. Upper management has always been like... well.... umm... how will we sell our $100000000 equipment?

I do wonder what "optical units" are. I also find it funny how they say they make it out of paper and then they stick it in a glass of water.... well, that one wasn't paper.

In any case, awesome. I would love to see schools using something like that as well. FOR SCIENCE!
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Heh, the guy on the other side of the wall of my office is actually related to the head researcher of this and has been trying to help push it along. He has a couple and they actually work quite well. They would be great for any infectious disease testing or research where you might not want to keep equipment around that can't be autoclaved.
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