With a few cheap changes, your smartphone can now detect lead contamination in water

Smartphones can be turned into a water quality sensor, too.

3-D printing and Raspberry Pi are turned into impressive lab equipment on the cheap

The microscope costs less than 100 Euros and can be used for neuroscience.

Presenting the electron kaleidoscope: the first ever colour electron microscope

This new technique could be revolutionary for science.

The smallest, most affordable atomic force microscope could be a game changer

This AFM is small, easy to use, and costs about 10x less than many high-end AFMs.

New Atomic Force Microscope is x2,000 faster, images chemical reactions almost real time

MIT researchers made a huge upgrade to an instrument that’s indispensable in research today: the atomic force microscope (AFM).

This 3D printed system can turn your iPhone in a 1,000x microscope

Physicists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used 3D printed materials and a simple glass bead to create a magnifying system that works with your smartphone’s or tablet’s built-in camera to magnify matter 100x, 350x or 1,000x. The whole system costs only 1$ to manufacture.

Cannabis under the microscope: up close and personal

Scientists, in the lab at least, see marijuana differently from growers or users. Like other plants, once you dive into the microworld cannabis looks immensely different from the buds you see online. These amazing pictures which size up the planet’s crystals, trichomes or leafs were taken by Ford McCann and compiled in a book called  Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual

Holographic microscopes might be the cost-effective alternative of the future

Microscopes have gone a long since  Zacharias Jansen first invented them in the 1590s. Besides optical telescopes, we now have digital microscopes, atomic force microscopes or, my favorite, electron microscopes. Now, it may be the right time to add a new class to the list: holographic microscopes. While these have been investigated for some time, it’s only recently that we’re

Foldscope – the origami microscope that aims to carry science in every pocket

The Foldscope is one of those innovative instruments that could potentially turn science communication and education en mass upside down. Developed by researchers from  PrakashLab at Stanford University, the Foldscope is essentially a single flat sheet of paper, equipped with a lens, battery and LED, which can be folded akin to an origami to form a super strong microscope for under

The smallest book in the world measures less than a millimeter

A 22-page micro-print of Shiki no Kusabana (flowers of seasons) is officially the smallest book in the world, measuring  0.75 millimetres (0.03 inches) or just about impossible to read with the naked eye. The book was printed by Toppan Printing in Japan, who have been making micro books since 1964, using its ultrafine printing technology, the same method used to avoid forgery of paper currency. Previously,

MIT readies neutron microscope – new kind of imaging

A joint project between scientists at NASA and MIT is focusing on creating a new kind of microscope that uses neutrons instead of beams of light or electrons to create high-resolution images. Since the subatomic particles are electrically neutral, such a microscope would allow scientists to peer through places otherwise inaccessible today, like inside metals even if these are in

World’s tiniest sculpted bunny is the size of a bacteria

Researchers in Japan made good use of a new, state-of-the-art micro sculpting technique to create objects so small that they are the size of a single bacteria. One of these objects is the smallest bunny in the world, only a few micrometers wide, but the researchers have also demonstrated other shapes as well. Their work has applications in new technology that may

Electron microscope based on revolutionary technique set to provide highest resolution images ever

Since they were first introduced more than 70 years ago, electron microscopes have aided researchers from a diverse array of fields of science reach some of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs – most often they’ve been considered indispensable. They’ve well reached their limits, however, and University of Sheffield researchers sought to find an alternate route for sub-atomic imaging. After three years of hard

Paper + Microscope = amazing art

  Paper is just paper, right ? Nothing fancy, nothing special, just plain old paper that we see and probably use every single day. Well, for Charles Kazilek at ASU, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth; incredible colours, from orange and purple to vibrant green, amazing textures, all of these were obtained from plain pieces of paper.  

Researchers invent 3D lens for microscopes

Engineers from Ohio’s State University have published a paper detailing the development of an innovative, tiny 3D  lens that enables microscopic objects to be seen from nine different angles at once. The concept itself is not a novelty, but in its current usage other 3D microscopes use several lenses or cameras to move around a microscopic object and capture it

The world’s most advanced microscope

It’s the equivalent of taking the Hubble telescope (before it was damaged) and directing it towards atoms and molecules instead of stars and galaxies, according to Gianluigi Botton, director of the new Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster, where the world’s most advanced and powerful microscope works. It’s called Titan 80-300 Cubed and it was installed in the summer,