Xerox Enlargement Microscopy (XEM) is a cheap, simple, if poor, way to make large images of even the tiniest objects. One uses a photocopy machine, repeatedly. The technique was introduced in an article in the March/April 1995 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.
A Xerox repairman supplied a clue — indeed was a clue — in detecting a medical hazard. Mark Pendergrast‘s book Inside Outbreaks explains: In April 1973 the New York State epidemiologist, EIS alum Alan Hinman, called the CDC for help. In early March, a second-year resident in radiation therapy at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, […]