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A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
For more info visit foldscope.com
If you would like to be part of a testing team (summer 2014) of 10,000 visit foldscope.com/10ksignup

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Nikon (early in 2007) donated three confocal microscopes to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Nikon Imaging Center so that scientists will be better able to examine cells. One research project that has benefited from the new microscopes looks at beta cells in the zebrafish pancreas. The use of this new microscope may speed up the process of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
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Antique Brass Microscopes Wanted
This site highlights a collection of antique brass microscopes dating from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. You will find many photos and articles about antique microscopes.
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Microscopy-UK : Portal for enthusiast microscopists
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