The Paperfuge

  • Engineering scientists at Stanford University have build an ultra-low cost human powered blood centrifuge separating blood into individual components in 1.5 minutes.
  • It is created from 20 cents of twine, paper and plastic and is called a paperfuge.
  • It can spin at speeds of 1,25,000 revolutions per minute and exert centrifugal forces of 30 thousand Gs.
  • It is the fastest spinning object driven by human power. It has the potential to enable precise diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as malaria, HIV and TB.

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