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…

Help me identify these protozoa!

Hello Everyone, I have found these 2 ciliates in the seawater sample from Prabhadevi beach.Please help me identify these 🙂 I have also tried fitting the high mag lens of the old foldscope to the new one and here are a few videos I captured! It was pretty tough focusing with the high mag lens…

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…

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…

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…

Tulsi seed

A dry tulsi seed  observed under foldscope.  

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…

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…

FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH FOLDSCOPE !!

Happy to become a part  of this community starting from today ! I attended a workshop held today at IIT Bombay, India. It was a great experience to learn about Foldscope from Prof. Manu Prakash and several other teachers and students from India who have been using Foldscope. The experiences shared by all the teachers were…

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,…

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…

Foldscope Fun At Moss Landing Beach

Hello foldscopers! I decided to explore the Moss Landing Beach because I work near there every day and have yet to explore the beach up close and personal! Moss Landing, California sits at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is over twice the size of the Grand Canyon but underwater!  I took this…

Exploring Tide Pools At Carmel Point

Hey there foldscopers! My marine science class had a lot of fun going to explore the tide pools at Carmel Point in Carmel, California! There was so much cool stuff to see! Carmel Point is a Rocky Intertidal ecosystem residing along an erosional coastline and in the center of Carmel Bay. It was raining on...

Folscope Presentation Wins 1st Place in the Louisiana STEM Expo!!

Our school competed at this year’s Louisiana STEM Expo.  Our presentation of foldscope and its many applications for use got loads of attention!  We were even invited to present to the Louisiana State Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) to explain how this technology can be used in public & private schools across the…

Gliding Filament Showing Fragmentation

Hello Everyone, This time I’ve observed this filamentous form which appeared to gliding just like the cyanobacteria we observed in Manu Sir’s post a few days ago. I could see it moving back and forth but not rotating. I haven’t been able to recognize what organism this is. Please help me identify it, I’d love…

Sand and Algae near Monterey Fishermen’s Wharf

I stumbled upon a cool little beach next to Monterey’s Fishermen’s wharf.  It seemed very protected, and was currently inhabited by a few harbor seal, who were laying on rocks just past the shore.  It was low tide, and there were lots of exposed tide pools to the south side of the beach. I took…

Bizarre Tetrahedron diatom from bedwell bayfront park

I drove a fellow lab-mate to collect samples from the bedwell bayfront park. I did some collections myself and observed the most bizarre diatom that I have ever seen. I’m calling it a tetrahedron but not sure if that’s right. If anyone can help id this  beast,that would be much appreciated! I first saw this…

Loch Ness micro-monsters. (Diatoms)

A few weeks ago, Julie F. shared with me another bottle of water sample that her generous friend Kathy had brought. This time the sample was from Loch Ness (Lake Ness) in Scotland. If you recall, this is the same duo who had previously shared samples from the Ganges River in India. Kathy seems to…

Detritus worm in Plant Vase water

Looking for something in the water taken from my plant vase, I came across this Detritus worm! It can be seen moving and even feeding on something. Look closely, you can even see its mouth moving and the digestive track. Can’t wait to look through more water samples and see what I find there!

Life in a Creek Next to a Sidewalk

My worm-san is still alive and well after 20 minutes of scrutiny. This one was very patient with me. Thank you worm-san. You can go safely back to the soil now. This worm-san kept wiggling around in between two pieces of tape (I made sure it’s not too tight). I could quite clearly observe its…