Dust or Bugs?

We noticed some white particles on our Saintpaulias, or African violets, and wondered what it could be — a perfect job for the Foldscope! Unfortunately…at least from the perspective of the plant we have grown from just a single leaf…it seems that there are tiny organisms colonizing the leaves of the violet. It looks like…

Foldscope at instituto publico – Miguel de Cervantes

Today we were excited to share microscopy and Foldscope biology with a local school in Managua, Nicaragua. With a very full class of biology students we first collected samples and then together folded Foldscopes and created slides with the students. They were great and it was amazing to see how quickly the students were able to…

Foldscope at CIES – Managua, Nicaragua

Today I had the opportunity to share Foldscope with professors and masters of public health students at CIES-UNAN in Managua, Nicaragua. As well as medical students from UNAN in Managua. Many thanks to everyone for joining us today and to Francisco Mayoraga and Dr. Miguel Orozco (pictured above far left and right, respectively) for organizing…

A simple microfluidic device and time lapse imaging of embryonic stem cells

One thing that is overlooked in our general understanding of cell biology is how dynamic everything is. During school, you are taught that cells are a tiny round blobs full of even tinier factories performing various pre-defined functions. These cells are each of a certain type and shape and combine to form greater structures that…

Trichomes and pollen of western blue-eyed grass

Western blue-eyed grass is a common wildflower on the west coast of the US and an expected sight when walking around in the hills of Half Moon Bay, CA. When I first saw the petals of this flower through the eyes of the Foldscope though I was surprised to find something completely unexpected. With the…