The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:
Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope: Manu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering, has developed an ultra-low-cost paper microscope to aid disease diagnosis in developing regions. The device is further described in a technical paper.
Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.
At Match Day 2014, Stanford med students take first steps as residents: During Match Day 2014, medical students around the country learned where they would be paired to begin residency. Tracie White reports on this year’s event from the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, where Stanford students opened envelopes containing the news.
What the experience of Swedish snuff can teach us about e-cigarettes: Addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, uses the example of Swedish snuff (known as “snus”) to examine the fundamental question at play in the current e-cigarette debate: Would it be a net harm or a net benefit to public health?
And still going strong – the most popular post from the past:
What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.