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 :    …

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Ant Structure observation using foldscope... Foldscope prepared by my brother master frank... 4th grade

FROM THE FIELD: Boil that water!

* I was in the field today in Panama collecting butterfly photos for a project we are working on. Its dry season so not much water available in field. This reminded me of some tropical forest survival/safety training we have our staff complete. DONT DRINK THE WATER. This is why! Thanks to my pocket deluxe…

Observing MITOSIS in onion root tip using a FOLDSCOPE

PhotosHey guys, This is my first post in Microcosmos and I am really excited about it. So, many of the school and college students perform this experiment to observe mitosis. So i tried to view the slide prepared by myself on the foldscope and behold! it was beautiful. Here are some of the pictures: Here…

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…

Dead skin- I look at myself!

I had started to notice my hand shedding  a lot of skin. So, I took this opportunity to look at some of it- Yes, those are the cells  (I Think) thank you for taking your time to read this!

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…

Stained blood- the prequel

This morning my mom went to have her blood checked. While she was leaving, I asked her if the doctor could send me a sample  of blood. He gladly did so and even stained it! Here’s how it looks- later, I’m having a trip to bangaore where I have a more powerful microscope ( 40×-1500×)…

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…

Seagrass & Algae

The waves washed up a lot of seagrass and algae on Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Philippines on a recent stormy day. I collected a few samples to prepare for marine biology classes with Foldscopes. I first examined the specimens for hitchhikers like this juvenile sea urchin and returned them to the sea. There were two seagrasses…

Snail babies (and friends!)

Awhile back I decided to adopt a couple pond snails because my water lily pot had been getting a little messy. They took to the pot immediately, munching away at any dead leaves and cleaning the glass. It seems they may have adapted to the pot a little too well as when I returned to…

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…

Furcraea longaeva

Furcraea longaeva a plant that holds the record for having the tallest recorded flowering inflorescence upwards of 9m (that is not a tree, it is an inflorescence). It takes more than 50 years to flower and then dies. We are lucky to have one flowering at the Botanic Garden in the National Autonomuus University of Mexico.  

First try: onion skin and old brine shrimp preparation

I managed to get some foldscopes from a kickstarter box that made its way to Mexico. I gave one of them to my mother for her birthday. As they were part of a kit we didn’t have a preparation, but my family is familiar with microscopes. I prepared a very simple onion skin slide and…

Cnidarian explorations in Mozambique

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to try out my brand new Foldscope that I got through the Kickstarter campaign. I was on holiday near XaiXai in Mozambique and took my Foldscope to the beach to see what I could find. Two different cnidarian species had washed up on the beach: blue bottles (also known…

Flowers through the Looking Glass

After the amazing results I obtained from my first foldscoping experience, I wanted to extend my idea and look at different flowers. I though to myself: “How will the structure from the rose I initially observed differ from other flowers and what other observations can I make about the microscopic image of flower interiors ?”…

No Rose Without a Thorn

When I first used the Foldscope in my Biology class I honestly didn’t expect to see much with my sample from the rose petal that my Professors had so kindly brought to class. In the class we had been warned that we would most likely not be able to see much from samples that were…

Silt from the Palo Alto Baylands

One of my wonderful teachers had trekked out into the Palo Alto Baylands and collected a silt sample for us to examine in class. After straining the silica out of the sample and preparing a slide, I inserted the slide, attached the light to the backside and used a coupler to center my phone over…

Bacteria Sample

In our age of technology, the use of smart phones has skyrocketed, but at what cost. We set our phones down anywhere and touch them constantly no matter what we had touched before. To see how dirty our phones really are, I swabbed the face of my iPhone and cultured the sample on agar. After…

Fungus on onion

Onions in India often grow a black powdery fungus. Here’s a folscope-look at this fungus and the cells that it grows on. First try – we discarded the dry papery outer peels and looked at the inner wet peel of the onion which was spotted with fungus. We stained it with methylene blue. It seems…

Trichomes on Flower

This is an image of the lowermost part of a flower where the petals converge. I attached my foldscope to my phone then stuck the end of the flower into the hole for the lens until the object came into focus. I oriented the foldscope towards a source of light since the LED that comes…

Banana Peel Bio60_2018

This is a small slice of a banana peel I ate that morning. I had to use a knife to start the slice thin enough but then I ripped the rest of it to get a more realistic pattern. I was having trouble getting the glass slides to work for me so it is just…

Curdled Milk (Bio60_2018)

I stumbled across this picture somewhat by accident. Four days ago, I collected a sample from my glass of milk at breakfast, intending to examine it that same day. Much to my dismay, looking at it through my Foldscope, I saw nothing at all! In hindsight, I should have expected this – the milk was…

Bio60_2018 Worm

In lecture, I caught one of the worm looking things inside of the container of live things and crushed the worm between my two slides. At first, it took a while to understand why it was blurry but the eventual conclusion was that the tissue or skin of the worm was just too thick and…