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Coinvented by Stanford university's PhD student Jim Cybulski and Professor Manu Prakash, Foldscope © is the world's first-ever portable, patent-protected paper microscope. Traditional microscopes are bulky, pricey, and easy to break. To make science more accessible, this pair has experimented with numerous low-cost materials to create affordable lab equipments. The result is a revolutionary microscope made from just magnets, lens, and papers with a manufacturing cost of less than $1. Don't judge a book by its cover. Being highly portable and comes with a respected x140 magnification, this sturdy piece of equipment is more than just a classroom teaching tool; it is also used by research scientists working in the field. As of today, Foldscope has reached over 1 million people worldwide.


Specification: Simple light microscope, standard magnification 140x


Viewable objects:

  • Biological samples: from smaller beings such as bacteria, blood cells, and single-celled organisms like copepods, tardigrades, tetrahymena, diatoms, rotifers, nematodes to larger things like insects & body tissues
  • Non-biological samples: particulates detrimental to air quality, or the microscopic crystalline differences between real and fake medications


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