Student Hacks Microscopes – Saves £100,000

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A student at Brunel University in London has saved £100,000 by hacking USB microscopes.

The PhD student needed a highly sophisticated microscope for his research into cell movement. However, the best microscopes available for this type of work can cost upwards of £100,000 – something he couldn’t afford.

So, he bought 3 USB microscopes from the internet, costing around £30 each, and modified them to get the higher magnification he required. His modifications turned out successful and Adam Lynch ended up saving himself thousands of pounds.

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He spent a whopping £160 on his invention that now allows him to use tools that were meant for kids to look at leaves, to look at the inextricably small movements of cells.

Source: BBC News

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  • Evan Warnock

    i think that just goes to show how some things are just glorified to cost consumers way more than whats actually in the product in parts and/or technology. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, or pounds in this students case!