Symbiosis continued – what’s inside a gut of a termite

We just finished running a foldscope training workshop for Exploratorium staff; allowing them to bring microscopy access to people outside the Exploratorium. I am thrilled we got to play with a termite and finally imaged ciliates living in the gut. Enjoy the video – I will post more videos from field collected samples. If you…

Dinoflagellates-cnidarian symbiosis in an upside down jellyfish – Cassiopea xamachana: Or “how to do science at a poster session and find a real life popeye”

I had the incredible fortune to meet a phenomenal postdoc Dr A. Ohdera at the lab of Dr. Y.Zheng (Carnegie institute, Baltimore) at ASCB (American Society of Cell Biology) 2018 meeting (poster number B786). Amongst thousands of posters – what struck me is that Dr Ohdera – who studies a unique symbiotic relationship between a…

How to geo-tag your Foldscope post using novo-map plugin

All, We have been planning to enable the mapping feature on all foldscope posts for a while – and I finally got around to testing some plugins; so now all of us can mark exact location of where the samples were collected. That’s important, when you discover a new species, new habitat, want to run…

Moment of uncovering root Rhizogenesis at Tamales Bay, Marconi Center beach

I love foldscope moments – since things happen that are hard to predict. This is a collection of Stanford faculty (from Biology, Bioengineering, civil etc.) all hanging out at the beach Foldscoping – and suddenly we uncover a beautiful phenomena. Sorry for the clicking sound on my phone; but enjoy the “aha” moment. Here is…

Micro snails in Puerto Rico

4C2FFA7E-12B4-47F5-95F3-22C80DFEF3EE Manu, elimaris, Damian saw a micro-snail in the oceans of Puerto Rico. If anyone who studies micro snails can identify this species – please post a comment below. We will keep searching for more snails – because our ocean waters are beautiful. Cheers MED

Joy of Foldscoping on a boat

Thibaut (foldscope super user) and I had a chance to spend some time in India; taking foldscope to some extreme locations. I have been meaning to write a detailed post on all our adventures in India – which I will get to soon – but in the mean time, enjoy this pleasing video of a…

Marine bacteria in a night Plankton tow

Ocean is vast and mysterious in so many ways. Sometimes I find it hard to just imagine such a large interconnected ecosystem with all its living abundance. Combine that with its inaccessibility simple by being completely under water. You can take a casual stroll in a rainforest day in and day out – to be…

Foldscope at Morgan State, Historically Black College

I want to quickly introduce the foldscope community to two remarkable individuals I met at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018 meeting in Baltimore. I was giving a morning talk and accidentally I flipped to see the abstract book a night before. Hidden in that book, I was thrilled to find an abstract from Dr Frank and…

Science at Bar SZ Ranch

I had the privilege of staying two days at a ranch, with our host family at Bar SZ Ranch in San Benito County in California (https://www.barszranch.com). It’s an incredible place to just get lost in the woods, surrounded by farm animals and live a farm life for a few days. What I was delighted to…

Foldscope on Tara

I had an incredible time staying a short time on Tara. What an incredible gift to the scientific community. Wonderful boat filled with wonderful people. Got a chance to train kids and Tara staff on Foldscoping. The boat is off to Mexico and Panama; with an incredible diversity of oceanic life. Thibaut from the lab…

TeamFoldscope heading out to Latin America

Friends from Latin America, After a month of planning; Team Foldscope is off to Latin America. This has been a long time coming; with partners around the world. It just took us some time to gather together the resources to make a big trip (thanks for all the support). In this first round, we will…

Watching individual bacteria in a 300 year old pond

Sometimes; wonder awaits you in seemingly quiet places. Walking up to a 300 year old pond that is fed by a stream under water is one such quiet place. But a lot is happening in this ecosystem that’s right below the surface. A quick drop of water fro here into my foldscope – and you…

Diversity that boggles our minds – polychaete worms

Photo: “A variety of marine worms”: plate from Das Meer by M.J. Schleiden (1804–1881). In 15 minutes of looking at the same rock I collected on the beach, I found more than 12 different species of polychaete worms. Some of them were swimmers; wriggling in the water column. Some of them had fans, others appendages…

Bryozoa saga continued – part 2

If you saw my previous post; I am stuck looking at billions of sargassum leaves on a beach – and Bryozoa covering almost all of them. See here. So I started poking in the water in hope of catching some fresh macroalgae to show up.. and after some adventures – did get some on my…

A floating partnership – Bryozoa – Akumal, México

As humans, we all value a piece of land to call home. It’s not so different sometimes in the ocean. Many invertebrates would colonize just about any surface you can find in the open waters. And Bryozoa are masters of colonizing just about anything.. even if it’s a floating algae. I am on a peninsula…

Life in a drop o water; secret handshakes

I love the secret handshakes every organism in this video has for one another. They all react when interacting to other organisms – but quiet differently. In the past we have discussed on toxins presented on the surface; but I had not appreciated the diversity of “reactions” a single felled organism would have when seeing…

Friends of Kayany – Foldscope in Syrian refugee camps

View this post on Instagram Young women at Kayany Foundation's United Nations Women for Peace School in Bar Elias, Lebanon were excited to receive their new Foldscopes last week. We are thrilled and honored to work with “Friends of Kayany” to bring tools of curiosity for educating Syria's most vulnerable kids. If you would like,…

Watching swimming bacteria in our spit

After a lovely Christmas dinner, my 6-year old nephew (H) and I settle down with a foldscope. And off course we decide to look at spit; in search of bacteria. This is video with the regular basic foldscope without light module. We use just the hanging light in the room as our light source. Enjoy!!…

Tutorial: Surface imaging using Foldscope – ice formation

I want to start the year with new year spirit. Ice crystals. It’s -26C here; yes – you read it right. Most people are enjoying the fact that it’s colder in Montreal than Antarctica. Something we should be worried about; but that’s for another day. Basic foldscope can be used for surface imaging on translucent…

Mites that spin silk; a tutorial for using micro-well slides

Here is a quick example of how to use micro-well glass slides in your kits to trap and keep alive organisms. View this post on Instagram Spider mites hiding on my #croton plant. They are really small; smaller than a dot in a sentence. Count the legs – and you know they are arachnids. But…

Live imaging of plant root tips

Imaging live root tips growing under a foldscope. It’s freezing outside (-25 C) but I have some plants growing inside the home. I found a few root tips and mounted in a slide. Take a look; here is an attached video. View this post on Instagram Imaging live root tips with plants growing under a…

New Foldscope tutorial – making wet mount slides and oblique illumination

Here is a 12min tutorial on basics of latest foldscope usage. Once you have assembled the foldscope correctly (see: https://www.foldscope.com/foldscope-instructions/), you can begin to make slides, explore and enjoy the microscopic world. Lots of latest tricks and tips hidden in this latest video: As you can see; so much can be done with the basic…

Foldscoping on a sailboat – adventures in Yvinec

Thrilled to have a chance to #Foldscope with adventurer Guirec Soudée on Yvinec (boat). Momo (chicken) was not on the boat that day; since some repairs were planned – but we all got to share our love for science and the ocean. In the new year, let’s promise to protect this incredible ecosystem we call…

Glowing hemolymph in an insect

I made a really puzzling observation today. I found a very small flying insect (~1mm) at a friends house. I could not identify if it was a really small fly, wasp or something else. Intrigued; I ended up putting it inside a foldscope. As luck would have it; I squashed the big and a whole…