Onion Cells Under the Foldscope: Microscopic A’peel

A quick post as I’m on the road. My friend Upasana made this great slide of a thin, translucent slice of onion skin. Here’s a video of what we saw under the foldscope. I love the sharpness of detail with which you can make out the individual cells. Also, are there some gaps between cells (intercellular spaces) visible…

Foldscope Day 5: A Water Flea from Hauz Khas, Delhi

After many attempts at imaging life in pond water, I finally chanced upon a tiny swimming creature. Thanks for all your helpful tips, which really came in handy. Here’s a video of what I saw: I was super excited to see this (you can probably hear that in my voice). I posted a quick video on twitter and…

Tips on Viewing Life in a Water Drop

I’ve been trying to image life in a water drop under the foldscope, and found it trickier than I expected. Here’s a video of a recent attempt. I don’t recognize any of the things I’m looking at, so if anything looks familiar to you, please drop a note in the comments. Anyway, I reached out…

Foldscope Day 3: Ants, Pollen, and Berries up close

Ants I stuck an ant under the foldscope. The ant and the foldscope did not disappoint. What looks to the eye approximately like this… …under the foldscope, is transformed into this. So of course, I had to take a video and explore this ant further. Here’s what I saw. Amazingly, the ant is actually translucent,…

Foldscope Day 2: Moth Wings and Fungal Sex Edition

In day 2 of foldscoping, I looked around the house for stuff I could put under the microscope. Scales of Moth Wings Here’s what a moth wing looks like under the foldscope 140X lens. And here’s what you’d see with your naked eye. The wing in question belonged to this moth. RIP. (Can anyone id the…

Foldscope Day 1: How a Citrus Tree Makes its Scent

Hello there. I’m Aatish, a science blogger, and I’m super excited to get my hands on a foldscope and connect with the foldscope community here. I assembled the kit yesterday, and then plucked a leaf from a Mandarin orange tree in my backyard at home in Delhi. According to this source, this plant grows widely in India and was…