Hello, I found this organism from a sample of muddy water.This is first foldscope post.I am a student of KV IIT,Powai,Mumbai,India.I attended DBT India Workshop.

Foldscoping in Copenhagen – part 2

I am spending two days in Copenhagen – and it’s such a wonderful feeling to see nature integrated in the city. I don’t have to go too far to find natural ecosystems that are not perturbed. Right outside the house; I found a little pond; and here is a Facebook live video of the activity….

BMC Municipal Urdu school Foldscope workshop, Mumbai.

I had been in Mumbai for a few days and was eager to get started with a series of Foldscope workshops we (DBT, Foldscope Instruments, IITB, Ruia college – amongst others) had been planning in Mumbai. Municipal (BMC) schools are spread across the city, and we choose a majority Urdu speaking school with kids ranging…

Foldscoping in Copenhagen ponds

My experience biking and Foldscoping around Copenhagen – watch the video till the end for big surprises. Please tag all the organisms you see here.. Cheers Manu

Testing my new foldscope!

Hello Everyone, So just day before yesterday I received my new Foldscope kit! ūüėÄ 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…

Orchid

Hello, I took a¬† petal from an orchid and sliced it into fine pieces. I observed it under my foldscope. In my early attempt I was not able to get any satisfactory result. But I tried and worked on it and finally got something fruitful. This is my first foldscope upload and I am looking…

Mosquito’s body through foldscope 2.0

  Hi this is Varun from chennai, India I’m ¬†14years old and I’m studying in the 10th grade, this is the mosquito’s body through the foldscope v2.0. In another mosquito I saw a blue line kind of thing I thought it is blood and may I know what are those black spots, if¬†anyone knows what…

Manu Prakash demonstrating time lapse with foldscope

The video presents Manu Prakash demonstrating how to capture time-lapse using foldscope and a smartphone. ¬†The audio is clear enough to understand the trick used.     The outcome of the activity is presented in this video posted by Manu Prakash:

Rose pollen

Hi! These pictures were captured really long back..sorry for not posting earlier. Wanted to contribute in Lakshmi sir’s pollen data base. Macro picture of flower: Dry pollen: Petal: Happy Foldscoping~

Moss observations with a foldscope

It was my first experience of making a foldscope and seeing somethings using the foldscope, at a workshop at IITB on 29th August. Myself alongwith Arunan, Nagarjuna, Rafikh (CUBE Lab, @HBCSE, TIFR) participated in the workshop. With quite a bit of maneuvering and dexterity, we managed to observe something that excited us watching through the…

Wonderful moment in Foldscope teachers workshop at IITB

Jim and I, along with DBT staff scientists, IITB, Ruia college and Dharavi Diary volunteers have been running workshops for teachers and IITB students. In continuation, today we a ran workshop at IITB campus with the focus of sharing experience of teachers. We started with a wonderful series of introductions and journeys that many teachers…

“Muskaan” (smile) of incredible kids in Dharavi basti (Mumbai)

We run and document Foldscope workshops around the world. It’s our work and our passion. And in this process, we meet incredibly kids that amaze us, remind us of why we love science so much and allow us to see a reflection of our future to come. Some members of Foldscope Team (Jim Cybulski and…

Tide pooling at Bandra rocks; Mumbai – a fine early morning

I am in Mumbai for next couple of days to run foldscope workshops. I will write a longer post about the agenda and the plan; but want to share a wonderful Mumbai experience with everyone. It’s all recorded in few minute Facebook Live videos (I am testing that platform to document Foldscoping in the field)…..

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…

The Spots on Ferns – SF Conservatory of Flowers, continued….

Ferns are one of my favorite plants. In fact, my very first Microcosmos post concerned the very same. At our Foldscope workshop at SF Conservatory of Flowers this past Saturday (original post here), we took a closer look at those spots you see on the underside of ferns, which are sori, the spore-producing components of…

Foldscope at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers!

This past weekend, myself (Max) and Honomi Ijima from the Foldscope team had the pleasure of hosting a free outdoor public workshop at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, where you can find many more natural wonders beyond the world of flowers. We were delighted to co-host with Drew Risner-Davis, an exhibit manager and ace…

Mystery of floating jelly balls

I am at Woods Hole this week; and just amazed with the biodiversity in the coastal environments around here. I took a stroll around Wood neck beach, with my 6 year old nephew who just got his first plankton tow. The ocean is connected with a little stream and a current passes back and forth….

Sand Crabs and Shrimp at Stinson Beach, CA!

A few months ago, Manu introduced me to the foldscope in Stinson Beach, CA! Here are some movies¬†of the organisms¬†we collected. IMG_4028.MOV Sand crabs respond to waves by coming out of the sand to feed on plankton. After the wave has passed, they burrow back into the sand. Here, Manu is disturbing the water to…

Foldscoping from a boat – hello from NZ

I just started a collaboration with Plankton Planet; bringing microscopy on sail boats around the world. An incredible world of plankton – in every drop of the ocean. I will write more about this new work soon; but here is a few snapshots of what it felt like.  To get access to the plankton, you…

Our Latex experiments

We wondered what the white latex of a Ficus plant would look like under a Foldscope. Here is the experiment in 5 short videos Video 1/5: Latex in Ficus elongatus.   Video 2/5. We spread the latex onto the slide. We had two slides, one in which we really stirred the latex and the other…

Water Beetle, California, USA

Manu Prakash and his lab members gave an amazing demonstration of Foldscope at the California Academy of Sciences last week. At this event, Manu trapped a water beetle from a sample of water taken from a nearby pond (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA). In the video, which is narrated by Manu, you can…

Insect larva before and after mounting in Karo

I brought home some¬†pond water a couple of weeks ago, but in the summer heat, the water turned anaerobic (smelling of H2S) and I hastily took some of the smelly water and to my delight saw this larva. I think it is definitely some Dipteran species, although which one I am not sure. I love…

More ticks.. 

After my last find of a beautiful tick on a beach (an unusual place I had thought); I have been spotting ticks almost everywhere.  My last post about ticks is here:  How ticks come for a ride?¬† This time, I was enjoying a lazy afternoon with my kids in my own grass backyard (Glenn Canyon,…

Should I eat this strawberry? 

I hate when food goes to waste. Just as a philosophical point; it seems so much effort was made to bring it to my door; and for one reason or another – my family can not consume it. So when I see my strawberry with a small white patch growing, it’s worth asking a question…

Bloody lice

This morning ….I came across a small spider in the carpet ….which was struggling to move some dust ……well just finished my final exams yesterday…….. finally I can explore again. Sorry PETA the spider threatened me ,this is self protection and for science. The slide was ready in a min. fired up my phone cam,…

Exploring Plants at Ropes Mansion (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

On May 27, 2017 the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum hosted a Foldscope and Origami Flower Workshop at the Ropes Mansion, one of the historic properties owned by the Museum. This 18th century property is home to a beautiful garden in which we host special programs periodically throughout the summer, and…

Found Feather

My students caught me checking out a feather that I found over the weekend. Curiosity is contagious; I had a circle of students around me in moments.