Image of the Day: Working Lego microscope

Credit: Carl Merriman

We wrote about a Lego prosthetic not long ago, so why not add to the list of awesome things you can make with these versatile building blocks? How about a microscope?

Lego artist Carl Merriman didn't just make a microscope, he built a working Lego microscope:

"This build was originally inspired by the LEGO X-Pod sets. While trying to find a use for the pod itself, I realized that it was very close to a deep petri dish. I used a planetary gear system to allow both coarse and fine adjustment of the objective 'lens'. A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a LEGO stud in and out of focus."

*Swoon.*

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