• Imagine if clinics in developing countries were equipped with an inexpensive yet durable tool that could help medical personnel identify and diagnose a variety of deadly diseases like Malaria, Chagas disease, or Leishmaniosis? For millions of people around the world waiting to be diagnosed and treated, such a tool could be a life-saver.

    Manu Prakash, a professor at Stanford University and his students have developed a microscope out of a flat sheet of paper, a watch battery, LED, and optical units that when folded together, much like origami, creates a functional instrument with the resolution of 800 nanometers – basically magnifying an object up to 2,000 times.

    Called Foldscope, the microscope is extremely inexpensive to manufacture, costing between fifty-cents and a dollar per instrument. And because the microscope is assembled primarily from paper and optical components the size of a grain of sand, it is virtually indestructible.

    Foldscope also differs from the microscopes typically

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  • The Holy Grail of Pizza Boxes

    Everyone has an opinion about which pizzeria is best in town, but only one person can tell you which pizza box is the best in the world: Scott Wiener, the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest pizza box collection.

    A self-described pizza enthusiast and the proprietor of Manhattan’s sole pizzeria tour, Scott’s Pizza Tours, Wiener, 32, has amassed a collection of more than 600 pizza boxes from at least 45 countries -- all of which he stores in a single closet inside his Brooklyn apartment.

    But Wiener isn’t a hoarder; he’s a pizza box expert. There’s a difference (he has even published a book about pizza box art) and that difference entails vital knowledge.

    According to Wiener, almost two-thirds of the pizzas eaten in the United States are placed in delivery boxes. To put that into perspective, “that’s, like, 2.1 billions pizza boxes a year eaten out of pizza boxes,” said Wiener.

    The problem with pizza delivery boxes, though, is that they’re not effective at delivering

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  • What if you never had to remember an electronic password again? No more password combinations of capitalized and lower case letters, no more resetting those passwords when you invariably forget their combinations. What if all you had to remember was a pattern of six boxes within a 6x6 grid that never changed?

    Winfrasoft, a UK based security solutions firm, believes they’ve cracked our password woes with their new application, PINgrid. PINgrid promises two things: A password you won’t forget and a password that always changes.

    It’s a 6x6 grid of constantly changing numbers that you can load on your phone or desktop. The user only needs to remember their unique pattern of six boxes and enter the numbers that appear in their pattern. Meanwhile, the numerical password changes each time a user logs in.

    While it sounds tempting to get rid of numerical passwords, some logistical questions need to be answered. How will pattern-based passwords be implemented into our existing infrastructure?

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