Fun time with fibres and other things

From the clothes we wear to the paper on which we write, these things are made of fibres. Fibres of polysaccharides. Just how amazing these look under a foldscope…   Paper may look smooth and uniform as viewed from the naked eye, but microscopically a different story is seen.     Cotton fibres seen through…

Getting the best out of a waste product

About some weeks ago while again trying to observe combustion, the plastic that held the lens got molten and the lens popped out. I am quite grateful that Laks sir sent me another foldscope and also that he sent me polarizing filters. To obtain better images I stuck a small piece of filter on my…

Unidentified creatures in a water sample!

So back when I was observing water sample taken from base saucers of plant pot, all I observed were some white worms. Withdrawing a water sample from a different region of the saucers, I found something different. I would have discarded those white particles for some debris. However what caught my interest was when I…

Capillary action occuring on paper

One thing we often do while preparing any wet mount is removing excess of mounting medium; mainly by making use of blotting paper. Wondered how blotting paper takes up the excess medium so quickly? A phenomenon called capillary action comes into play. Blotting paper consists of several hydrophilic substances and water (most common mounting media)…

Accidental things

I wished to observe a transverse section of the ovary of Hibiscus flower. Took a section with a shaving blade and observed it using the magnifier provided in the kit. I was being told repeatedly by my botany teachers at college that it is impossible to get longitudinal section of ovule of any flower. One…

Compound Eyes

Unlike us gigantic creatures, arthropods do not have just two simple eyes. Everything is compound in the microscopic world. A post dedicated to some of the compound eyes I have observed as per instructions in the post  https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=29111 and also by sandwiching the specimens between a coverslip and a cavity slide. 1. Housefly :    …

Going electronic

Observing this wasn’t planned exactly before, though boredom got the best out of me. Studying for exams were a bit tedious thing… hence this is what I did. Armed with a foldscope, all I could see was my target which was the computer screen, which had all ebooks in it which I was reading at…

Fiery foldscoping!

I was curious about how chemical reactions would look like, microscopically. Particularly, combustion. However, observing one on foldscope wasn’t easy as putting the flap on would immediately extinguish any burning object. That could be solved easily by not putting the flap (it was obvious). However recording a burning object and even taking care to record…

Worms in an aquatic sample

Curious about what microbes might be found in the water that accumulates in the container below potted plants, I took some samples in a test tube. What I then found out were a large number of white-colored worms wriggling in the water. These were less about 5mm in length. At first I assumed these might…

Nauseous? (NSFW warning)

There were some weird, tiny insects on walls of my bedroom. Wherever those would be present they’d leave some faintly dark patches on the wall. (I realise now that I should have foldscoped those too) There was a lizard that would often show up to eat those insects. Would eat atleast 5-10 daily. I caught…

From Embryo to a Cute baby…

Lying in one corner of my room was a female spider who had mated and laid eggs into a sac. I took those eggs and kept few in a cavity slide and sealed it, the remaining eggs still being inside the egg sac kept on a watch glass. You can see how one egg appears…

Terrestrial Algae?

     I am not quite sure what this is. It seems as if it is related to Spirogyra, or maybe something else. The specimen was found growing luxuriantly on dried up soil as a bunch of filaments…  The image obtained is of a single filament, and light source obliquely illuminating it.