Stanford researcher Manu Prakash developed a microscope that can fit into your pocket! It’s a 50-cent print-and-fold paper microscope that uses a watch battery, LED and a few optical units that can magnify objects up to 2,000 times. The original goal of this project was to provide an inexpensive way for people working in clinics of developing countries to identify and diagnose diseases like Malaria. It has gained attention by educators who are encouraged to sign up for beta testing at www.foldscope.com/beta-signup
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About Page Baluch
Dr. Baluch received her PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology and postdoctoral training in Neurobiology from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on how the cytoskeletal scaffold is central to cellular signaling control within various cell types.The Baluch lab oversees the WM Keck Core Bioimaging lab in the School of Life Sciences and is very involved in educational outreach, professional/career training and developing methods and tools to improve the accessibility of STEM education to the visually impaired and blind. View all posts by Page Baluch »