Slices of plants

After our first ‘Atoms to Amoeba’ workshop four of our neighbouring TSWREIS (social welfare residential) schools took back two foldscopes each. Too few, yet so far several hundred students, most from remote rural parts of Telangana, have got their own “wow” moments on these foldscopes. It happened because our teacher participants went beyond conducting foldscope…

Bat wing mite

Bat Wing Mite (Periglischrus paracaligus), a parasite of Tequila bat Leptonycteris yerbabuenae.These mites depend strictly on host body to complete their life cycle (obligate parasites) and host contact for dispersal.Photo by D. Zamora.

Pooping larva (video)

Does anyone know what this is?  A fruit fly larva? Defecatory defense mechanism?

Inculcating Research Culture Right From Schools

As a part of TIFR, Hyderabad’s efforts to facilitate better science education in the local schools, it now interacts closely with four of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Schools, all within 10 km from the institute. On regular close interactions with the teachers and students alike from the schools, we realized that schools are fast…

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…

Mystery of the moth scales!

Happy Diwali Everyone, Moths are pretty rare here in Mumbai. This little guy flew in my window a few days a ago and landed directly on my arm. I have wanted to observe butterfly or moth scales since a very long time and I didn’t want this guy to flee before I could observe it’s…

Tiny bug with a giant ovipositor

I am in Delhi for Diwali, and walking around just trying to observe this city I used to call home many years ago. If you have not been here lately; this is what outside my house looked like on an average day. And in this hustle and bustle (and honking); we forget to notice the…

Planaria, Greenbush, Kansas

img_3184 This wild-caught planaria (37° 30′ 36″ N; 94° 59′ 36″ W), likely of the genus Dugesia, was found living on the underside of water foliage. Notice the marked eye-like photoreceptors used by these animals to sense a broad range of light wavelengths.

Foldcope picnic at Spreckels Lake, San Francisco

I had a belated birthday afternoon picnic with my dear friends Dina and Summer at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It was such a lovely day outside, so we decided to go for a nice stroll around Spreckels Lake, which…  …offers the beauty of Monterey Cypress trees, which create a beautiful silhouette against the…

ciliates, polychaetes and my experience with the workshops :)

    hello everyone, During the workshop at IIT Mumbai I’d collected a sample of riccia from the walls and I found a variety of protozoans and nematodes in it along with polychaetes and flatworms as well! Everytime I foldscope a natural sample I’m just amazed by the fact that there really is a whole…

Line drawn using a ball point pen

Ball of a ball point pen sometimes leaves some gap in the centre because of which single line appears as two lines under the Foldscope. The gap is so small that it is not visible when we write on paper.

The way I wish I had been taught.

Dear Foldscope community: In many occasions, since I have been using my foldscope microscope, I have had the opportunity to watch fresh water oligochaeta worms. They are very abundant in debris enriched waters and quite “huge” to be easily observed in detail.  When I was a University student, I don´t remember seeing them “in vivo”,-of…

How to use Foldscope in the History Classroom

Two History teachers from Maharashtra, India had Foldscope and they wanted to use it in their class. I’m writing this post to explain how history and science education are similar and how tools like Foldscope needed in history and science classrooms. I’m using task used in the following video by Young Historians as an example:…

Epidermis of lily leaf

I peeled a small art of the lower epidermis and stained it with safranin. Then observed it under my foldscope.

Mosquito

I was enjoying the weather outside today, and so were skinny mosquitoes that kept trying to feast on my blood. I managed to stop one and place it on a slide. Update- Based on a helpful comment, I went back to the slide and took more pictures. The mosquito isn’t fresh anymore, but perhaps the…

A diversity of protozoa…

Hello foldscopers!!! It’s so good to be back & this time with a really different approach & the new foldscope model! The IIT B workshop was so wonderful that the eagerness to view & post something new had increased in me. So here’s a small sample that I had scraped from the walls of a boundary…

Testing my new foldscope!

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

After rains insects

Hello! This observation is of last year..but as similar insects are started to arrive at home again so couldn’t stop from being posted. This is how they attack my home in bulk.And now under foldscope: Trying not to kill them by closing the windows and shooing away by switching off the lights. They become a…

At last, I am able to be in touch with you foldscopists! All this, after the Mumbai flood of 29 August! Thanks Deepak Modi for inviting us, cubists, to the IIT Foldscope mela. The Mumbai flood made us all  (four cubists from two Mumbai colleges and a few of us) stay back at the Homi…

Wild Tetrahymena

Hi guys! First post with new foldscope. The microbe is a common wild type Tetrahymena from onion root soil sample. We learnt about this organism in theory about its self splicing RNA mechanism and getting to see the organism visually was just a great experience. The resolution and stability in capturing video is even more…

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…

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…

It’s a tick! And it is tiny!

My 6 year old son is enjoying a nature camp this summer.  He spends the day learning about local creatures and playing in the woods.  It’s fantastic!  We live in New England and have to be very vigilant about ticks.  And ticks are TINY!  We check for ticks everyday.  Today, after day 1 of nature camp,…

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…