Ted 2017: Frugal scientist offers malaria tools

Friday, April 28, 2017

Manu Prakash, a bio-engineer at Stanford University, designs cheap tools that can make a big difference in the poorest parts of the world.

At the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, he showed off his latest gizmo – a cardboard centrifuge that can spot malarial parasites in blood.

Toy-inspired, it costs 20 cents (15p).

He also launched a citizen science project to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes by their sound.

The “abuzz” project asks people to record the sound of mosquitoes’ wings beating, on the microphones of their mobile phones, which are available even on the most basic models.

Source: BBC (link opens in a new window)

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