Polarized Fire Ant! 🐜

Hello foldscopers!! While studying today I spotted something I’ve been looking for since a very long time – a living insect! I have a test to write tomorrow but I just couldn’t stop thinking about how this ant would look in cross polars…I ran to grab my foldscope and caught the ant. Since I observed…

Polarized Pseudoscorpion!!

Hello everyone! What do you think of when you hear the word Scorpion? Maybe something that you should stay miles away from!! Today I have a for you a Pseudoscorpion! You may think that these are close relatives of the dreadful scorpions but nope, these are actually more closely related to Arachnids! And to answer…

Polarized Explorations Part 3!! Copepods and Ciliates

Hello everyone! Thanks to iGEM I’ve had absolutely no time for foldscoping lately 🙁 but I’m determined to exploit this mini vacation in Ratngiri to its fullest 😀 Till now I’ve observed some pure chemicals and fruits in cross polars but this time I’ve tried doing something that I’ve been dying to try my hands…

Polarized explorations part 2

Hello everyone, There are going to be tons of pics in this post so I better limit the words. I have foldscoped 3 compounds here – Citric acid , L-cysteine and Potassium dichromate. Recrystallized Citric acid Just while I was foldscoping these citric acid crystals an orange caught my attention! I thought Why not try…

Cross Polarized Foldscopy!

Hello Everyone! I’ve been dying to try out some polarization foldscopy!! and finally the wait is over! Just last to last week Laks Sir sent me some polarizing filters! I’d been collecting compounds from our Chemistry department and waiting eagerly for the filters to arrive. Here are the first few pictures I took using the cross…

Recrystallization And A Question

Hello Everyone, This time I’ve tried making a time lapse of NaCl getting recrystallized. I have used dark field here to make the crystals look more prominent. Here are the steps I followed: 1. Prepare a saturated solution of NaCl I.e adding NaCl to water till it stops dissolving. 2. Put a drop of this…

Help me identify these protozoa!

Hello Everyone, I have found these 2 ciliates in the seawater sample from Prabhadevi beach.Please help me identify these 🙂 I have also tried fitting the high mag lens of the old foldscope to the new one and here are a few videos I captured! It was pretty tough focusing with the high mag lens…

Mystery of the moth scales!

Happy Diwali Everyone, Moths are pretty rare here in Mumbai. This little guy flew in my window a few days a ago and landed directly on my arm. I have wanted to observe butterfly or moth scales since a very long time and I didn’t want this guy to flee before I could observe it’s…

ciliates, polychaetes and my experience with the workshops :)

    hello everyone, During the workshop at IIT Mumbai I’d collected a sample of riccia from the walls and I found a variety of protozoans and nematodes in it along with polychaetes and flatworms as well! Everytime I foldscope a natural sample I’m just amazed by the fact that there really is a whole…

Testing my new foldscope!

Hello Everyone, So just day before yesterday I received my new Foldscope kit! 😀 and I couldn’t wait to make a bunch of posts. This was my first observation with my new Foldscope. It’s the permanent slide that came with the kit       I collected a Riccia sample from IIT Bombay during the…

Harpaticoda and some mysterious things

Hello everyone, Recent I’d been on a trip to Jaigad which is in Konkan region of Maharashta, India. We visited this really famous Shiva temple in the locality known as Karhateshwar it is situated on the edge of the sea on a steep rocky mountain. There were steps to reach down to the sea where…

Gliding Filament Showing Fragmentation

Hello Everyone, This time I’ve observed this filamentous form which appeared to gliding just like the cyanobacteria we observed in Manu Sir’s post a few days ago. I could see it moving back and forth but not rotating. I haven’t been able to recognize what organism this is. Please help me identify it, I’d love…

Tetrahymena Ciliates

Hello everyone, A few days ago,in college, we were taught how to prepare a hay infusion broth.Our teachers have used pond water sample as an inoculum here.We were told to observe the organisms under our compound microscopes and obviously that was for a limited time which didn’t suffice my curiosity. I wanted to play around…

Projecting Slides

Hello everyone, This time I’ve tried projecting some slides.this was my first attempt so 🙂 sorry if they’re not clear enough   Also, here’s my first permanent slide. I’ve used nailpolish  as a mounting medium.Its been more than two weeks and its looking great. this picture was clicked after it was ready~ please do share…

Foldscope in Ratnagiri- India (Maharashtra)

Hello Everyone, Recently,I’ve been on a trip to my village Ratnagiri and I decided to take the foldscope along. It was awesome.Sadly, I haven’t been able to take pictures of a few observations but I have tried to get many of them.This is going to be a long post so I better type less. Enjoy…

Foldscope Against Dengue!

Hello Everyone, Dengue is one of the major problems India and the world has been facing recently. Thousands of people across the world are being affected by it and since there is no cure for it as yet,it proves to be lethal in later stages.Medical treatment does help if the disease is diagnosed early. Dengue…

Unknown Little Larva Found In Flowers

Hello Everyone, Hope you’re all having fun. Its really cool how we get to observe all these beautifull things around us through our foldscopes which we otherwise ignore. We miss on soo much of knowledge and fun. This time I’ve found this  larva.I found it crawling on my shirt, didn’t scream out loud and shook…

Pollen hunt ( Polianthes tuberosa )

Hello everyone, Flowers are beautiful and equally fascinating especially structures of different types of pollen grains and they way they interact with different fluids. This time I’ve observed the pollen grains of tuberose under my foldscope and also the petal epidermis. Here are pictures of the petal. There are even some stomata like structures  on the…

Beating heart in the crustacean egg

Hello everyone, In my last post I’d shared the videos of the crustacean and its egg which I saw under my foldscope. Here’s another video of further developed egg in which you can see the organism has started showing movements.We can see both of its compound eyes now and also the heartbeats and leg movements….

Crustacean and its Egg

Hello everyone, Hope you’re all having fun with your foldscopes and observing amazing stuff. A few days ago, in the water I collected from a sea shore puddle,I found algae which had colonies of vorticella growing on it. Sadly, all of it has degraded now and what is left is a few molluscs and some…

Vorticella

It had been drizzling a bit since morning yesterday and the sea had dried up leaving puddles of water with green filaments in it , so I decided to observe them under my foldscope and found these beautiful colonies of Vorticella on the surface of the algae. Here’s a video:   Here it is trying…