Foldscopes at the Cape Town Science Centre (South Africa)

Last week I had an amazing opportunity to introduce learners from a  local school to Foldcsopes as part of a mini science forum organised by the Department of Science and Technology at the Cape Town Science Centre. I was one of the academics at the University of Cape Town’s exhibition table. Everyone, from the school…

Butterfly beauty!

My Foldscope has made me increasingly fascinated by insect wings, and so I was very excited when I happened across a couple deceased butterflies that were still in a good enough condition to mount and examine. The first was in a pile of dead leaves in my Cape Town garden, and the second met its…

Microscopic explorations in a Jo’burg garden

I have just arrived back in South Africa from the UK. While spending the weekend visiting my parents in Jo’burg, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show them the microscopic wonders they may not have been aware of lurking in their very own garden. A tiny caterpillar (which I suspect was a very young…

My first foldscope adventure: Bee-autiful!

I am very happy to be the proud owner of a Foldscope after meeting Manu and hearing about the Foldscope at the Society for Developmental Biology meeting in Seattle last year and again at the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology meeting at Berkley. He has very kindly given me some Foldscopes which I will be using to…