Sun Burn

A  quick post, I recently had a sunburn. Here are some photos of a section of peeled skin: Playing around with lighting:

Speed Boat Microscopy!

A quick, fun post! Be warned, the videos in this post are terrible, shaky, and vague from a cinematography perspective. But that doesn’t matter! This post was inspired by the idea of portable science. As a team, we often talk about the portability of foldscope as a differentiating factor compared to traditional microscopes. On a…

Classroom Workshop on the Japurá River

We held a workshop for a classroom on the Japurá River. The age range for the students was around 7-11 years old, so this post will be a bit shorter– as the whole team had their hands full the entire time. 😀 Also given that age range, we thought it may be best to assemble the foldscopes…

UTEC Workshop

We visited UTEC, the University of Engineering and Technology, in Lima, Peru, where we held a workshop for graduate students interested in foldscope. Here are a couple of highlights! There will be blood! We were brainstorming what samples to look at when one woman asked about blood. Haha, there is always some bold soul willing to bleed!…

Piranha of the Japurá River

We held a workshop in a fishing community along the Japurá River. There comes a time in every workshop where our attention shifts from building the foldscope to “Now what are we going to look at?” Samples, in search of interesting samples…  Almost immediately, a couple men approached me with a piranha. A piranha!!! Piranhas…

South America Trip – Introduction

  I want to share some experiences, stories, and data from an incredible trip I took with the Foldscope team throughout South America. The trip encompassed nearly a month, it was simply massive in every regard. Time, information to process, opportunity. In this post, I’ll share a big gallery of images & a quick outline of the…

Tibetan and Nepali Videos of Assembly Process!

Videos of the Foldscope assembly process are available in Tibetan and Nepali on our YouTube Channel! https://youtube.com/c/FoldscopeInstruments Check them out, subscribe, and spread the word. We owe incredible thanks to the monks who created these videos & Pamela Bjorkman for contributing this fantastic resource to the Foldscope community. Rebecca

Sea Snail Eggs – Hopkins Marine Station pt. 2

Hello everyone! I’ve been meaning to follow up on my Hopkins Marine Station post, so I’ll limit the words and get right to some videos that I’m excited about, focusing on sea snail eggs. Here’s a look at the sample. The left image is of many snail egg casings clustered together (also note the gorgeous…

Patiria miniata – Hopkins Marine Station

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California this past week. The space was absolutely teeming with fascinating creatures large and small. In this post, I’ll share a story focusing on Patiria miniata and follow-up later with some other posts of data and drawings stemming from this trip soon after….

Marathi Translation Now Available

Marathi translation of the foldscope instruction manual is here! Translation credit & incredible thanks to Dr. Satish Vitthal Patil. To download and view, click the following link Marathi_Foldscope, or visit the community page on  foldscope.com to view all the languages our materials are currently available in. We are trying to translate in 100+ languages and need volunteers! If you…

Tetrahymena oral apparatus

  I prepared a slide with a PVC microwell sticker & a droplet of water containing Tetrahymena. This video looks at one well in particular, in which a large air bubble pressed a small water droplet to one side, condensing it into a crescent moon shape. The Tetrahymena within the water seem eager to escape. In the video above,…

DBT Workshop & Remaining Mysterious Specimens

I am ecstatic to see posts from new users stemming from the DBT workshop! My devices did not cooperate much with accessing the internet until I became stateside, yet despite the delay, I wanted to join in & share my record of / favorite moments from the event because I had such a magnificent time….

Prepared slides- yet still surprised.

Hello Foldscopers! Over the weekend I received a box of prepared slides & set some time aside to browse through them. Although this was not much of an exploratory endeavor, I still found myself in awe. For one, at the foldscope itself. The wonder truly does not wear off when a device so beautifully simple…

Micropainting- Tiny Watercolor Explorations

Over the weekend, I thought it’d be interesting to try to translate what I do as an artist into a Foldscope experiment. I gathered the materials necessary for traditional watercolor painting & prepared to make some art on a microscopic scale. On a blank glass slide from my DIK, I mounted a small piece of…

Gilroy Workshop Fun!

Yesterday I attended a wonderful Foldscope workshop in Gilroy, California! Alongside a great group of educators, I was able to practice my Foldscoping skills. Here are some sights collected from a mysterious bucket of pond water… Excited to practice, practice, practice and explore more soon! 🙂 -Rebecca

Metroparks Microhabitat – introduction to the space

I recently joined a program hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Metroparks. Right from the start, I saw that this program could contain some very interesting Foldscope potential! The Setting The program takes place at the South Chagrin Reservation, an absolutely gorgeous body of land with various pockets of terrain. There…

Introduction to Foldscope & Magnified Mosquitoes

Hello Foldscope Community! I am thrilled to join this group of microcosmos explorers. In this post I will share some results from my first experience using Foldscope. However, before I get into what I found, I would like to thank Manu Prakash for his kindness & generosity in introducing me to Foldscope and this wonderful…