Innovative advances in health sciences and their application are super hot and massively important for today’s world. So when truly low-cost, viable ideas come about, specifically separation of plasma from blood to identify infections such as malaria or HIV, we’re very interested.
Science Magazine features the “Paperfuge”, an adaptation of an ancient toy with a surprisingly rich history. By pulling two strings whirling around a disk, the Paperfuge achieves up to 125,000 revolutions per minute and makes blood separation possible in under 90 seconds. If it passes further testing, it could provide an alternative to $6K+ commercial lab centrifuges.