28th April, 2019: Foldscope workshop at NCMR, Pune

It was a great experience organizing this workshop for school students in Pune at the National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR-NCCS) with Dr. Praveen Rahi’s help. The students had a great time, and it was wonderful to see the excitement on their faces as they assembled their Foldscope and viewed all sorts of samples. I…

Molted exoskeleton of an insect

I’ve been noticing these odd, insect-like things on my softboard for quite a long time now. I hadn’t been brave enough to touch them, but since they hadn’t moved in forever, I decided to take a closer look. While I mounted it on my slide with forceps, I realized that it was flimsy, and seemed…

Pretty Things on a Marigold Flower

I plucked out some parts from the center of a marigold flower. Some are evidently the stamens, but there are structures which – upon magnification with Foldscope – appear to bear sacs filled with liquid, possibly nectar. Following are the curled structures upon magnification: I like how pretty and gem-like these look under Foldscope. I…

Water mites in hydra culture

I have often observed a cluster of tiny whitish organisms growing in the hydra culture that I maintain at the lab. While the hydra adhere to the bottom of the beaker/dish, these float on the water surface. At first, I thought it was a sort of contamination, but the culture always seemed pretty healthy. Here’s…

Artemia Larvae

Hi! I’m Manali Nayak from Pune, India.  I’m a high school graduate and am interning at a stem cell biology lab at NCCS, Pune. I’ve been super excited about Foldscope and finally got one from Dr. Praveen Rahi, NCMR, Pune. My first post is a video of artemia larvae. Artemia are aquatic crustaceans, also known…