On the wings of a dragon(fly)

This January, I was very lucky to be back in Mozambique and I brought my Foldscope along in anticipation of more exciting microscopic adventures. Most days, in heat of the late morning before the cool sea breeze started to blow onshore, hundreds of dragonflies danced in the air above the dune forests. A few unlucky…

Cape Town Foldscope workshops in 2018

Last year, the Division of Cell Biology in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Cape Town organised two Foldscope workshops: one for teachers and another for leaners from local schools. This is part of larger initiative to introduce these fabulous tools into Cape Town classrooms to enhance the curriculum and encourage curiosity…

Cnidarian explorations in Mozambique

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to try out my brand new Foldscope that I got through the Kickstarter campaign. I was on holiday near XaiXai in Mozambique and took my Foldscope to the beach to see what I could find. Two different cnidarian species had washed up on the beach: blue bottles (also known…

Foldscopes at the Cape Town Science Centre (South Africa)

Last week I had an amazing opportunity to introduce learners from a  local school to Foldcsopes as part of a mini science forum organised by the Department of Science and Technology at the Cape Town Science Centre. I was one of the academics at the University of Cape Town’s exhibition table. Everyone, from the school…

Butterfly beauty!

My Foldscope has made me increasingly fascinated by insect wings, and so I was very excited when I happened across a couple deceased butterflies that were still in a good enough condition to mount and examine. The first was in a pile of dead leaves in my Cape Town garden, and the second met its…

Microscopic explorations in a Jo’burg garden

I have just arrived back in South Africa from the UK. While spending the weekend visiting my parents in Jo’burg, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show them the microscopic wonders they may not have been aware of lurking in their very own garden. A tiny caterpillar (which I suspect was a very young…

My first foldscope adventure: Bee-autiful!

I am very happy to be the proud owner of a Foldscope after meeting Manu and hearing about the Foldscope at the Society for Developmental Biology meeting in Seattle last year and again at the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology meeting at Berkley. He has very kindly given me some Foldscopes which I will be using to…