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If you were never able to make one of those paper fortune tellers, this origami microscope might be a little tough to wrap your head around. The Foldscope is made from a single piece of paper, though not really; that can be folded into a working 2,000X magnifier. There are some lenses and other tech attached at the back, but the Foldscope still only costs about fifty cents in materials and manufacturing. This microscope can project the image onto a wall with built in LEDs and there are some models configured specifically to spot certain diseases (like having a filter that helps spot Malaria). The engineering behind the design is pretty crazy considering a paper mechanism is used to make microscopic adjustments. The low cost of the Foldscope will certainly help both education and disease detection in underdeveloped countries, unless the creators give it a huge mark-up. $TBA.  foldscope.com

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