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April 16, 2014

A Paper Microscope for the Masses

Filed under: paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 7:09 pm

Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford’s School of Medicine, along with his colleagues, has designed what they are calling a “foldscope” or origami paper microscope. The foldscope is printed onto a sheet of card stock with an optical lense, LED light, and watch battery embedded in the layout. Produced for about fifty cents each, the flat printed sheet easily folds into a working three-dimensional microscope with up to 2000 times magnification. This could be a real game-changer in developing countries trying to improve health by identifying disease pathogens. The paper microsope is lightweight and very durable–perfect under harsh field conditions. To learn more, watch Mr. Prakash’s TED talk. Thank you to Leslie Wright and Paulette Rosen for bringing this to our attention!

Manu Prakash's paper microscopeFoldscope origami paper microscope

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April 15, 2014

Paper Tube Architecture, Shigeru Ban

Filed under: paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 6:23 am

Shigeru Ban's Paper Log HouseShigeru Ban's Paper Log Houses

Paper has been in the news lately with the announcement of the Pritzker Prize for architecture going to Shigeru Ban, noted for his emergency shelters and buildings made of paper tubes. The 56-year-old Japanese architect has designed temporary paper shelters for refugees and victims of disasters in areas such as Rwanda, Kobe (Japan), Turkey, India and New Zealand. The tubes are a perfect building material because they’re inexpensive, readily available in various diameters and quite strong. They also can be bent and weatherized. Ban’s “Paper Log House,” shown here, is an example of these emergency shelters. The tubes are secured in sand-filled beer cases and the house is covered with canvas tenting for its roof.

Shigeru Ban on his paper tube bridgeShigeru Ban's paper tube bridge

Ban has also used tubes in constructing a school in China, a church in New Zealand, a gallery in Japan and a bridge, shown here, in France. To learn more of his work and philosophy of socially conscious architecture, check out these web sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Ban

http://www.ted.com/talks/shigeru_ban_emergency_shelters_made_from_paper

http://thursdaygroup6.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/61/

 

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