Sharing Science Through Origami Microscopes

Sharing Science Through Origami Microscopes


– [Manu] In science, we
have a kind of a crisis. Out of two billion kids in this planet, roughly a billion kids live in poverty. That’s half the world’s talent that has absolutely no access. And so, for me, the idea has been to make science accessible to everybody. My name is Manu Prakash. I’m a faculty of bio-engineering at Stanford University, and I’m an inventor. I happened to grow up in India, and I know what it means to
not have access to science. I remember, in exams, we were asked to draw a microscope, although we had never touched or seen one. And, at that time, I decided to make one. Of course, I didn’t know how it worked. So the very first microscope I built was out of cardboard tubes
and my brother’s eyeglasses. That sort of instilled this idea that if you don’t have what you
need, you should build it. If you talk about
environmental challenges, climate change, you talk
about bio-diversity loss. Much of the challenges that
we face in our society depend on understanding the microscopic world. So we developed an origami
microscope that you fold together by folding a piece of paper. It cost us less than a dollar to build. It’s portable; it weighs
less than 10 grams. Anybody can carry it in their pocket. At this point, there are half
a million units out there, so there are half a million eyes looking at this invisible world
that we have often ignored. – Oh, my God. – [Manu] There are lots
of people who’ve followed that work and built upon
our work to actually take it in new directions that we never imagined. – Wow. – [Manu] Much of the
biggest scientific problems in the world can’t just be solved by sitting in a lab. This is the “aha” moment. They require a global community of people passionate about
actually tackling these problems. There is a sense of activism
in what we try to do. And there is a call to action which is, let’s engage. Tools will come and go,
but it’s these communities that we’re trying to enable that will really stand the test of time.

77 thoughts on “Sharing Science Through Origami Microscopes

  1. I hope there is a video that explains how does that origami Microscope work, I just can't imagine… This is amazing.

  2. https://youtu.be/SZnQvMHyMtY
    Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dekhoooooo or subscriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiib laaaaaaazmiiiiii kryyyyyn pleassssssssssssse

  3. https://youtu.be/SZnQvMHyMtY
    Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dekhoooooo or subscriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiib laaaaaaazmiiiiii kryyyyyn pleassssssssssssse

  4. its really sad they dont tell the other (and more IMPORTANT) reason why he invented this microscope: at 2:12 you can see this spinning thing which he invented aswell. you put blood onto this and you spin it around so that it works like a centrifuge. you can then see under the microscope if the person has malaria or not. they made this examination accessible for everyone . this guy is a hero 🙂

    sorry for my poor english :/

  5. "Out of two billion kids in this planet, roughly a billion kids live in poverty. That's half the world's talent that has absolutely no access."

  6. The beginning of the video made me think that it's entirely plausible that the next Einstein could be living in a slum right now with no access to education or anything

  7. This is wonderful. I sometimes ask myself where could I be now if I had had a better education, even further, where if my whole country had better education and a better approach to science. I can only imagine.

  8. Lack of access to science shouldn't be a concern of a mere citizen, it should be a common concern instead, aka government (the will of the people). So seeing someone doing smtg like this makes me happy but also sad

  9. When we have these expensive microscopes we all gather around but we could just have these ones with the same microscopic power…

  10. Why we have drug addict alcoholic rapping stoner as famous figure, but not people like this guy, why?

    I started to questioning my function to this humanity ( •-•)

  11. "Tools will come and go but it's these communities we're trying to enable that will really stand the test of time" -Manu Prakash

  12. Now I feel like I’m not living up to my potential. At least videos like this help make me feel a little bit better.

  13. Ooh! Nice! We saw this at MAPCOST the other day during our field trip. I looked through that microscope. It was awesome.

  14. It's a great invention!
    Thanks big story for This video..

    If possible Please tell us how to make this microscope or where is available … how I buy for the talented kid's …

    If it is available online give us link .
    Thanks..!

  15. O que me irrita é esse fundo ridículo do "vamos fazer para os pobres (mostra a favela)" vai se fuder !!! Sensacionalismo barato !!!

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