My mom’s hair

When I go to the bathroom to start brushing my teeth, I found my mom’s hair with maybe a cat flea egg (although my house don’t have cats

A paramecium?

Help me unidentify this creature in my local tap.

Foldscope Workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia

This past summer I had a pleasure of meeting Prof. Manu Prakash and getting a tour of his wonderful lab at Stanford University. Our conversation about the importance of resourcefulness, open-source knowledge, and accessibility of scientific tools inspired me organize an outreach event in my hometown in Serbia. Brainstorming with my friends from high school…

Back to the Algae Sample: Strange Microorganism With Legs

Earlier in the month I put up a post showing some microorganisms I found in a sample I took from our horse’s water feeder that currently sprouts algae from every underwater surface, which were later identified as bdelloid rotifers by members of the community. Today I returned to the water feeder and took another sample,…

COMMON ALGAE

STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Pradeepthi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Jaanvi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Blue Bottle fly SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We collected a sample of common algae growing in the gardens of our college and observed it under foldscope

BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG

STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Jaanvi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Pradeepthi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Brown Marmorated stink bug SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We found this bug in our college campus and observed its various parts under foldscope

Alpinia Galanga flower

I have had the opportunity to image alpinia galanga flower petal from my grandma’s garden. An alipinia galanga flower (a variety of ginger) looks like this: When imaged through foldscope, here is what I got: The beautiful hexagonal patterns of cells is captivating!

Identifying Dengue mosquito under a foldscope

I first felt the wrath of Dengue when my cousin sister – living in Delhi – got the same and was best ridden for almost a month. It was a striking reminder of the wrath of this viral diseases – and although it does not take as many lives as malaria – the symptoms and…

2020 புத்தாண்டு கொண்டாட்டம் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியோடு

ஈடன் சைன்ஸ் கிளப்பின் 10 உறுப்பினர்களைக் கொண்ட குழு 2020 ஜனவரி 1ம் தேதி கூத்தியார் குண்டு கண்கமாய்க்கு மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப் பயணத்தை மேற்கொண்டது. கண்மாயில் நிறைய தண்ணீர் இருந்தது. குழந்தைகள் அதில் குதித்து விளையாடவே ஆர்வம் காட்டினர். நானும் அனுமதித்தேன். விளையாட்டின் ஊடேயே இந்த மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப் பதிவும் செய்யப்பட்டது. உண்மையில் இது போன்ற எளிய உபகரணத்தால் மட்டுமே சாத்தியம். புத்தாண்டை மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியோடு கொண்டாடினோம்.

Hair Fiber under Foldscope

This is my first look inside a microscope. I remembered the first time I got my telescope and looked at the planet Jupiter and had the same reaction when I first looked inside a Foldscope. I was happy that at this cost I can discover microorganisms here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines and I…

“I Want to Play ‘Science’.”

On July 19 at Eternacon 2019, Manu Prakash and Rebecca Konte gave a wonderful demonstration of the Foldscope to the participants of the annual conference of the citizen scientist game Eterna. Rebecca provided two Foldscopes to me to give to my ex-husband and his 6-year-old son. Here I will relay what it was like to…

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

Aloe vera

T.S of Aloe Vera I was studying and suddenly I wanted to explore my newly bought foldscope. So, I made a thin section of Aloe Vera and observed these images.

K562 (Leukemia) cells

20ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 20ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 40ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 40ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 60ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 60ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 20ul of HELA cells under Microscope 20ul of HELA cells under Foldscope 40ul of HELA cells under Microscope 40ul...

The all-engulfing Sun: Experiments with the heliozoan Actinosphaerium

Actinosphaerium, also called a helizoan or sun-animalcule, belongs to the SAR- (Stramenopile-Alveolate-Rhizaria) branch of the eukaryotic tree. Recent phylogenetic analyses suggest that they are closer to haptophytes in the tree of life [To access a formal study on the matter, click here]. These “Sun-shaped” eukaryotes have stiff needle-like pseudopodia (also called axopods/axopodia) that surround their…

Narrating a live foldscope session together!

I have always enjoyed live narration in sports – such as soccer or cricket. Something about sharing our emotions at the moment as a testament of how we really feel. During Christmas, I get to hang out with my 4 and 8 year old nephews. Here is what happened in the 7 minutes we filmed…

Worlds most beautiful animal you have never seen before!

Every animal (and single cell) in its own right is beautiful because of the delicate balance between animate and in-animate matter it maintains. Life itself is a thing incredible beauty and joy. But this Christmas; I want to introduce you to “officially” the worlds most beautiful animal you might have never seen! Of course I…

A Rotifer

I was looking for tardigrads in moss and I found this creature.