Swahili Translation of Foldscope Instruction sheet!

Swahili translation of the foldscope instruction manual is here! Translation credit & incredible thanks to Mwita Jacob Muniko and Mengyao Niu. Click the following link Swahili Foldscope or the gallery below to view the manual. Visit the translations page on  foldscope.com to view all the languages our materials are currently available in, https://www.foldscope.com/translations. We are still…

Taste of Science – A hike into the microworld

A couple of weekends ago, Taste of Science hosted an awesome foldscope workshop, in which we assembled a bunch of foldscopes and took them on a hike in the Redwood City area. This event was my first encounter with the Taste of Science group! They have chapters across the US, all holding events for causal…

Portuguese Translation of Instruction Sheet

Quick post to share the Portuguese translation of our instruction sheet! Incredible thanks to Cintia Capasso & the Wecaptech team for this translation! As a team, we are still working to translate foldscope’s materials into as many languages as possible! If you want to help with translations fill out the form on our website here….

Adventures in the Swamp

Yesterday afternoon I had the chance to explore a place I’d never been with some incredible people! The weather was brisk, cold, and rainy, but somehow it made it even more fun to be outside, digging into this swamp. We filled tubes, bottles, and pans with samples of the swamp’s water and soil. Every sample…

Workshop for teachers in Puerto Rico (ft. scale insects)

Here are a few images from workshop we held for teachers in Puerto Rico. Some individuals brought their own samples to check out, which is always an added bonus to any workshop! Extra fun. Images below focus on scale insects. Here is on of the scale insects that were brought in… I thought it’d be…

Plankton tow from under the Golden Gate Bridge

Here are some photos and videos of a plankton tow from under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California… I noticed this pink blob– what I think is some sort of egg sack. It had interesting pressure-sensitivity. Untouched it’d be a fairly compact mass, but add any force (like a coverslip) and it’d expand…

New York Makerfaire

This post is a little backlogged, but back in September we attended the world makerfaire in New York, and I wanted to quickly share some images from that event! Things inside the booth included plenty of coffee, samples (from ciliates to polarized beach sand to prepared slides), and plenty of tardigrade explorer stickers. Thanks to…

Lacry at ASCB

We had a vendor booth at the ASCB, the American Society for Cell Biology, annual meeting in San Diego. We brough some samples from an aquarium of cells brewing in the lab, and some very special cultures of Lacrymaria.. We also ran a poster session updating the ASCB community on how the foldscope user community…

Christine’s Card

We at the Prakash lab created a giant foldscope and a microscopic card to celebrate the retirement of Christine Kurihara– our incredible admin, colleague and friend! 🙂 The message of the card was laser cut into a glass slide and read “For things large and small, you were there for us all!” signed with the…

Moldy Lunch

Cleaning out the fridge at work, I noticed an old lunch of mine had become quite fantastically moldy. Seeing this little forest of cellular trees reminded me of a story I recently came across about microbes, artwork, and preservation… To recap the story: Microbes are around us all the time in spore form, and when…

Sun Burn

A  quick post, I recently had a sunburn. Here are some photos of a section of peeled skin: Playing around with lighting:

Speed Boat Microscopy!

A quick, fun post! Be warned, the videos in this post are terrible, shaky, and vague from a cinematography perspective. But that doesn’t matter! This post was inspired by the idea of portable science. As a team, we often talk about the portability of foldscope as a differentiating factor compared to traditional microscopes. On a…

Classroom Workshop on the Japurá River

We held a workshop for a classroom on the Japurá River. The age range for the students was around 7-11 years old, so this post will be a bit shorter– as the whole team had their hands full the entire time. 😀 Also given that age range, we thought it may be best to assemble the foldscopes…

UTEC Workshop

We visited UTEC, the University of Engineering and Technology, in Lima, Peru, where we held a workshop for graduate students interested in foldscope. Here are a couple of highlights! There will be blood! We were brainstorming what samples to look at when one woman asked about blood. Haha, there is always some bold soul willing to bleed!…

Piranha of the Japurá River

We held a workshop in a fishing community along the Japurá River. There comes a time in every workshop where our attention shifts from building the foldscope to “Now what are we going to look at?” Samples, in search of interesting samples…  Almost immediately, a couple men approached me with a piranha. A piranha!!! Piranhas…

South America Trip – Introduction

  I want to share some experiences, stories, and data from an incredible trip I took with the Foldscope team throughout South America. The trip encompassed nearly a month, it was simply massive in every regard. Time, information to process, opportunity. In this post, I’ll share a big gallery of images & a quick outline of the…

Tibetan and Nepali Videos of Assembly Process!

Videos of the Foldscope assembly process are available in Tibetan and Nepali on our YouTube Channel! https://youtube.com/c/FoldscopeInstruments Check them out, subscribe, and spread the word. We owe incredible thanks to the monks who created these videos & Pamela Bjorkman for contributing this fantastic resource to the Foldscope community. Rebecca

Sea Snail Eggs – Hopkins Marine Station pt. 2

Hello everyone! I’ve been meaning to follow up on my Hopkins Marine Station post, so I’ll limit the words and get right to some videos that I’m excited about, focusing on sea snail eggs. Here’s a look at the sample. The left image is of many snail egg casings clustered together (also note the gorgeous…

Patiria miniata – Hopkins Marine Station

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California this past week. The space was absolutely teeming with fascinating creatures large and small. In this post, I’ll share a story focusing on Patiria miniata and follow-up later with some other posts of data and drawings stemming from this trip soon after….

Marathi Translation Now Available

Marathi translation of the foldscope instruction manual is here! Translation credit & incredible thanks to Dr. Satish Vitthal Patil. To download and view, click the following link Marathi_Foldscope, or visit the community page on  foldscope.com to view all the languages our materials are currently available in. We are trying to translate in 100+ languages and need volunteers! If you…

Tetrahymena oral apparatus

  I prepared a slide with a PVC microwell sticker & a droplet of water containing Tetrahymena. This video looks at one well in particular, in which a large air bubble pressed a small water droplet to one side, condensing it into a crescent moon shape. The Tetrahymena within the water seem eager to escape. In the video above,…

DBT Workshop & Remaining Mysterious Specimens

I am ecstatic to see posts from new users stemming from the DBT workshop! My devices did not cooperate much with accessing the internet until I became stateside, yet despite the delay, I wanted to join in & share my record of / favorite moments from the event because I had such a magnificent time….

Prepared slides- yet still surprised.

Hello Foldscopers! Over the weekend I received a box of prepared slides & set some time aside to browse through them. Although this was not much of an exploratory endeavor, I still found myself in awe. For one, at the foldscope itself. The wonder truly does not wear off when a device so beautifully simple…

Micropainting- Tiny Watercolor Explorations

Over the weekend, I thought it’d be interesting to try to translate what I do as an artist into a Foldscope experiment. I gathered the materials necessary for traditional watercolor painting & prepared to make some art on a microscopic scale. On a blank glass slide from my DIK, I mounted a small piece of…

Gilroy Workshop Fun!

Yesterday I attended a wonderful Foldscope workshop in Gilroy, California! Alongside a great group of educators, I was able to practice my Foldscoping skills. Here are some sights collected from a mysterious bucket of pond water… Excited to practice, practice, practice and explore more soon! 🙂 -Rebecca

Metroparks Microhabitat – introduction to the space

I recently joined a program hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Metroparks. Right from the start, I saw that this program could contain some very interesting Foldscope potential! The Setting The program takes place at the South Chagrin Reservation, an absolutely gorgeous body of land with various pockets of terrain. There…

Introduction to Foldscope & Magnified Mosquitoes

Hello Foldscope Community! I am thrilled to join this group of microcosmos explorers. In this post I will share some results from my first experience using Foldscope. However, before I get into what I found, I would like to thank Manu Prakash for his kindness & generosity in introducing me to Foldscope and this wonderful…