LEGO construction set helps make a cheap nano microscope

LEGO bricks have long lost their function as a simple construction set for children. Anything can be made of LEGO. And having built a tower from a constructor, you can get into the Guinness Book of Records. However, now we will talk about much more serious things.

Students from University College London, Tsinghua University and Peking University have joined forces to create the world's cheapest atomic microscope. And for this they used all the same universal LEGO bricks.

It is clear that in this project the students were assisted by a group of scientists working on a project called LEGO2NANO. Such a microscope is capable of distinguishing particles a million times smaller than a millimeter, and its usual cost exceeds $ 100, 000. However, when using LEGO, the cost of the device is cut in half. It is not known how long a plastic microscope will last, but no one believed in airplanes either.