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The Challenge: Make a Microscope

Would it be possible to make a microscope on the island using just a basic array of wire, glassware, kitchen utensils and a car battery but not a clean glass lens in sight?

How does a microscope work?

Essentially, a microscope is just a lens. You can see the principle quite easily by looking through a tiny drop of water. Try balancing a water droplet on a 2mm (.078 in.) hole made in cardboard and looking through it. You'll have to get your eye very close — and the object you're looking at very close too — but it magnifies surprisingly well.