Here is an opportunity to be among the 10,000 participants to receive a FREE Foldscope microscope kit. Participants from all walks of life are wanted for the testing of this microscope.
I requested a Foldscope because I am interested in studying the germ population in solar-cooked foods and solar-canned foods. I am also interested in studying the microbes in rainwater and graywater before and after filtrated through ceramic water filters and bio sand systems. I have already posted about solar cookers and home-made water filters. If you are interested, check the archives of this blog.
For a brief overview of Foldscope and its inspirational back story, view “Print your own 50-cent microscope” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBjIYB5Yk2. This was published on Standford Medicine’s channel on March 5, 2014. For more information, visit Foldscope.
The following is from http://www.foldscope.com:
Foldscope: Microscopy for everyone
We are a research team at PrakashLab at Stanford University, focused on democratizing science by developing scientific tools that can scale up to match problems in global health and science education. Here we describe Foldscope, a new approach for mass manufacturing of optical microscopes that are printed-and-folded from a single flat sheet of paper, akin to Origami.
New: We are currently looking for beta-testers for Foldscope. We will be choosing 10,000 people who would like to test the microscopes in a variety of settings and help us generate an open source biology/microscopy field manual written by people from all walks of life. See “Ten Thousand Microscopes signup” for details.
Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than two nickels (8.8 g), is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 × 20 × 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person. Its minimalistic, scalable design is inherently application-specific instead of general-purpose gearing towards applications in global health, field based citizen science and K12-science education.
If you would like to see other articles I have found related to the Foldscope, see “Additional Resources” at http://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/microscope-project-sign-up-now.