Video by Kurt Hickman

A music box became the inspiration for a tiny chemistry set that won $50,000 for a Stanford bioengineer.

Stanford bioengineer develops 50-cent paper microscope

When Manu Prakash wants to impress lab visitors with the durability of his origami-based paper microscope, the bioengineer throws it off a three-story balcony, stomps on it with his foot and dunks it into a water-filled beaker. Miraculously, it still works. Even more amazing: the microscope costs about 50 centers in materials to make. Prakash hopes that this ultra-low-cost microscope will someday be distributed widely to detect dangerous blood-borne diseases like malaria, African sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease.