A great example of initiative to change the rules on pricey equipment! This guy hacked together a microscope and saved himself just under £100,000!
Adam’s DIY microscope (Picture: Adam Lynch)
When this university student realised he would have to find £100,000 to buy a microscope – he didn’t panic.
The huge expenditure could easily have brought Adam Lynch’s hopes of a biology PhD from Brunel University, London, to a crashing end.
Instead, when confronted with a possible £100,000 bill, the student, who is examining the effect of pollution on snail parasites, decided to look for a cheap alternative.
He eventually found he could ‘hack’ a cheap digital microscope by turning it upside down.
A bit like this (microscope available to buy for £27.99 here):
From there he did a little fiddling around with the lighting and asked a computer programmer to write a little extra coding for his computer.
Digital ‘USB’ microscopes can be bought for as little as £13.29 on eBay and are often used by hobbyists to look at leaves.
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