Nothing is sharp even if paper cuts your hand

Recently i got a paper cut in my finger while i was writing my assignment. I asked myself how is this even possible DROP ASSIGNMENT TAKES THE PAPER OPENS BOX TAKE THE FOLDSCOPE MINDBLOWN. Though it was cut highly presise by machines in the industry , its not.  I was even able to see the…

Lingzhi Mushroom and Leaf

  The first black and white images, which seem more like images of the moon, are actually low-power images of the surface of a Lingzhi mushroom bud. I look forward to capturing them in higher power next time and for following the Lingzhi mushroom throughout its maturation process. The second set of green images are…

A Lousy day and permanent slides

A few months ago, a young micronaut, Aditi, had a lice infestation on her hair and before subjecting her to the lice treatment we got a couple of the critters and foldscoped them.  Without much ado here are the  collated videos. One of the things I have been wanting to do is to make some permanent…

Further adventures at lake Lagunita

With rains pouring upon us (which is a good thing for California); we decided to meet at Lake Lagunita for a quick Foldscope session. I had never seen lake Laguinta filled before (remember my past post about finding spider eggs in lake Laguinta here:  Today morning was a different story. We gathered at the…

Copepods at Lake Lagunita on a Rainy Day

Today Manu Prakash showed us where to look for interesting microbial action.  He also shared  some tips on using the foldscope.  This sample was collected from Lake Lagunita and the movie was taken by Manu. Enjoy!  

Feature of a Pigeon Feather

Colour differs but it looks like same pattern in foldscope. Feathers grow epidermal growth that form the distinctive outer covering plumage on birds.

Antennae of Dragonfly

Pouch like, with a lateral bristle. Capitate antennae are abruptly clubbed at the end.  

Wings of Dragonfly

Dragonflies are heavy – bodied, strong flying  insects that hold their wings horizontally both in flight and at rest. It looks like a football.    

Legs of Dragonfly

A dragonfly has 6 joined legs and so classified under the phylum Arthropoda. Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and Wetlands.      

Petal of Hibiscus

The leaves are alternate ovate to lanceolate, after  with a toothed. The flowers are large, trumpet –  shaped, with five petals its colour dark pink and   from 4 – 18 cm broad.      

Pollen ropes

I made a surprising discovery while eating dinner today. My mom mounted some flowers on the dinner table; which she had plucked from the street. They are beautiful – and although everyone is eating dinner, I can’t focus on my food since something is bothering me about this flower. See for yourself!!  You see the…

Clothes from Colorful fibers

We all were colorful clothes everyday. We are focusing on color, design, quality and variety. But we never seen about the fibers in it directly. Here i have explored with few types of clothes like  polyester, Cotton, nylon etc…

Foldscope Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a Tropical Entomology course in the Peruvian Amazon over winter break (this was through an organization called Field Projects International Thanks to Manu and the Foldscope team, I was able to bring down several Foldscope units for my students. In addition to teaching them about topics ranging from ecology to…

observation of fungus

iam collect the coconut  and observed the fungus under foldscope is very amazing.

pond miracle

Students from  ZPHS. Dandikuppam  and i visited  the pond ecosystem. one of the student Mr. Manoj  was interested to see the Aerenchyma  tissues presented in the Lotus stem. He taken Transverse section of stem and Observed under the Fold scope. After his  experience under the fold scope he felt very enthusiasm and thank full for…

stages of MEIOSIS in Allium cepa flower bud

When i am doing cooking with onion  flower .i saw some thing inside the flower .I thought why we cant see the cell division inside the flower  by using fold scope. then i took the fold scope to my home and i observed the cell division i.e MEIOSIS stages & even my family were observed…

Observing Pollen of different flowers

We at our Pratham Science Exploratory observed pollen of different flowers also found that the number of pollen vary in different flowers. Some flowers have a lot and others have a few.

Crystals Under foldscope

While taking a session on crystallization , we got a thought to have a look at crystals through fold scope. We observed Ammonium dichromate, Potassium dichromate, copper sulphate and potassium permagnate    

Anaphase I Meiosis stages in Allium cepa flower buds

I saw Anaphase I Meiosis stages in Allium cepa  flower buds in foldscope. This is the first time observing under the foldscope and it is really thrilled and fasinating experience for me to see the stages under foldscope.

Exploring Stomata- Pratham Science Program

There are variety of leaves around us. I tried exploring Stomata in leaves of different plants, one each day. This was a wonderful experience knowing and observing plants around our center.        

Foldscope Workshop for Educators

Merging of Art and Science. Workshop attendees learn about the Foldscope and how to use it. Each person is encouraged to collect specimens that interest them to view under the Foldscope and complete an acrylic abstract painting of their findings. My favorite thing is to see the collaboration between the students and to hear the…

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…

Thank you Prof. Manu Prakash

Hi Prof. Manu Prakash, I am so excited to have  Foldscope and I want to THANK YOU for offering me. Thank you. Truly, Joseph Mappilacherry