Origami Finds Legitimacy in Science, if Not in Congress

Origami Finds Legitimacy in Science, If Not in Congress 2

L. Brian Stauffer

Inspired by an origami pattern, collapsible 
“metamaterials” could be used to absorb 
impacts or to build portable shelters.

Everyone remembers origami. It’s that thing you did in grade school where you folded a piece of paper into the shape of a bird or a fish.

Increasingly, however, it’s also the stuff of serious science.

A Stanford University professor has gotten a fair bit of attention recently for devising the Foldscope—a simple, 50-cent microscope that can be printed on thick paper and shipped to places like Africa, where it can be