When a copepod smiles back at you..

A few friends and I have been going back and forth to San Francisco Bay; in the hope of starting larger scale sampling of the bay right here. After a few disappointing starts where we seemed to just get sand and silt (churned by the large ships bringing things into the port); we are now…

Moss

Hello, I took a piece of Moss and observed t under my foldscope. This is my first foldscope upload and am looking forward for more and better results

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….

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:

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….

Drosophila Melanogaster

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Mouse Intestine!

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Onion Cells

I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an initial Beta tester for the Foldscope project.  I have two daughters who love science and I had been contemplating buying them a microscope when I first heard about the project.  I can’t describe how how excited I was to receive our Foldscope package in the mail. …

Queen Ant wings

  A few days back ,I saw ants near the door and an insect with wings that  i belive  the Queen ant (motionless). Then I saw that the wings were different there were colourless patches in some area . First time in my life I wilfully plucked a wing ,gave me chills though it was…

First fun photos from Foldscope!

        I’m so excited to play with a foldscope. I’ve been hooked on the microscopic world since first looking through a scope in 5th grade. As a kid, I’ll never forget asking Santa for a microscope and getting this horrid, plastic thing that didn’t work. Later, my parents both me a used…

Need help identifying an organism? iNaturalist may help.

I love finding new critters with my Foldscope. I love even more being able to name the new critters I find as a name allows me to search the internet and learn so much more about the organism. As humans we love to name stuff as it informs our imagination as much as it does…

Polychaete from Lake Merritt

I love Lake Merritt in Oakland and its the reason over 10 years ago that I decided to stay is the decidedly urban environment. It also happens to be ground zero for the study of Marine Invasive species. A high school kid at the time by the name of James Carlton in 1962 was curious…

Protozoan parasitizing a mosquito larva ?

The Sierra Nevada of California right now is blooming. The hills are brushed in the purple, golds and yellows of the California floral palette and beneath the old firs massive bolete mushrooms are pushing up through the duff, nearly asking to find themselves on a dinner plate. Water is abundant and where it has pooled,…

Image Composites – starfish

Some critters I want to look at are just bigger than the lower magnification lens can handle, so taking a tip from Tom Hata’s post https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=10552 I decided to try my hand at stitching together a series of images in GIMP that were taken with the Foldscope. I went after a 3 mm brittle star…

Fun with Fungi

In North America fungi are a mess, taxanomically speaking. Many fungi that look similar to ones found in Europe inherited the same scientific names and this is partly because beyond the fruiting body (mushroom), fungi are pretty hard to get a good look at. A fair number of attributes that are used to discriminate between…

Mosquito larva ?

I just assembled my Foldscope two nights ago and because of work hadn’t had a chance to go in the field and find something, so I decided to look at what might be growing in a bath water recycling system I have on my porch. I was expecting to find the usual suspects that I…

A simple microfluidic device and time lapse imaging of embryonic stem cells

One thing that is overlooked in our general understanding of cell biology is how dynamic everything is. During school, you are taught that cells are a tiny round blobs full of even tinier factories performing various pre-defined functions. These cells are each of a certain type and shape and combine to form greater structures that…

Hair-like structures inside Carnivorous Plants

Purpose To find structures that carnivorous plants may use to trap and kill insects.   Problem I don´t know what structures do carnivorous plants use to trap and kill insects.   Hypothesis If I use a Foldscope to see the inside of a carnivorous plant, then I will be able to find structures that carnivorous…

Getting started

Just got our kits from the Prakash Lab. Very happy. Just getting started. My sons and I have started off and soon will bring the Amun Shea School into this wonderful activity of exploring the MicroCosmos. We have created a Facebook page with more photos here

Barnacle feeding legs

Harbors and rocky shorelines are often littered with barnacle tests (or shells), yet relatively few people have actually seen the animals that live inside of  these dome-shaped homes.  Here’s some high-speed footage that I took of a barnacle feeding in a wave. Barnacles are crustaceans, so they are related to animals such as crabs and lobsters.  They are in…

Looking closer to a leaf

              plant cuticles are protective, hydrophobic, waxy coverings produced by the epidermal cells of leaves, young shoots and all other aerial plant organs. Cuticles minimize water loss and effectively reduce pathogen entry due to their waxy secretion.