Inculcating Research Culture Right From Schools

As a part of TIFR, Hyderabad’s efforts to facilitate better science education in the local schools, it now interacts closely with four of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Schools, all within 10 km from the institute. On regular close interactions with the teachers and students alike from the schools, we realized that schools are fast…

Can’t wait till we dissect earthworms this week on Thursday and Friday.  Then next week we will dissect crayfish!  After every dissection we have tests, all study guides are on my website.  Then the week before Christmas break we look at protists under the microscope! Can’t wait to upload some pictures.

Foldscope at Campus Party 2016

Hi folks!  A couple of weeks ago, “Campus Party”,  one of the most important Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship event was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I had the opportunity to have an stand to show the Foldscope to everyone. During three days, hundreds of people passed by the stand to check if what their eyes were…

Foldscope to visualize magnetic nano/micro particle motion

Dear all, First, I would like to thank Prof. Manu and his lab for providing us an opportunity to use Foldscope. It is a wonderful invention. Now coming to my work on Foldscope: We work on manipulating magnetic nano particle (MNP) using permanent magnets for drug delivery applications. The magnets are big and strong about…

Silence before the storm

Day 3: Sorry guys, we had a busy schedule at the college and hospital today. All we could do today is to plan about what we would do tomorrow. It’s a Sunday! Which means we get more time to spend with foldscope.🤘 @Manu: We would try to do the improvements (proper focussing, getting a whole…

Our cat has fleas- Misy parasy ny sakanay.

Geetings from Madagascar! Miarahabana nareo izahay avy ati an’Madigasikara! Our cat had fleas so we gave her a vinegar bath which killed the fleas and left us with some cool specimens to look at. Nisy parasy ny sakanay dia napandro azy tamin’y vinagra izahay dia maty ireto parasy ireto ary koa nanome antsika santionany mahafinaritra afaka…

Microcosms of marine plastic debris

Hello Foldscope Community, I am Mandy Barker a photographer from the UK who has been photographing marine plastic debris recovered from the world’s oceans for many years. The motivation for my work is to raise awareness about the vast amount of plastic entering our oceans, affecting ecosystems, biodiversity, marine life and ultimately ourselves. Using the Foldscope I…

Love my fold scope so my whole entire grade trying to take a picture tomorrow.

Foldscope as an education tool in Argentina

Hi folks! Since I came back from Prakash Laboratory, I showed everyone I know the huge possibilities of the Foldscope. I talked with the media about it and one day I received an email of Esteban Bullrich, the Argentinian Education Minister. He invited me to talk about the Foldscope and we decided to implement it…

Foldscope at Hackaton

  A couple of days ago I attended a Hackaton in Mendoza, Argentina. The main objective of it was to tell everyone what the Foldscope is and its possibilities. A lot of people were interested on the device. After talking a lot, we came up with the idea of an automatical image taking machine. So, we…

Foldscope in the Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal

During the last week of the semester the Foldscope presentation was held at the National University Federico Villarreal.  It was a multitudinal presentation where all students met, observing and learning about the benefits of Foldscope. This institution with more than 50 years of creation and is one of the most influential in Latin America. From its halls…

Foldscope meets protocols.io

I was delighted to have a chance meeting with Dr. Lenny Teytelman – cofounder of protocols.io. I have been thinking a lot about marriage of two worlds – a free flowing story telling style of posts we encourage every user to write and a structured “methods/protocols” section making everyone experiments repeatable by any other foldscope…

Silid Aralan KIDS Foldscope Club: First Foldscope Club in the Philippines

Following the success of the workshop entitled “Me and My Environment through Foldscope” held last April 2016, KIDS Club and Silid Aralan Inc. (SAI) has finally created the first Foldscope Club in the Philippines! Known as the Silid Aralan KIDS Foldscope Club, it consists of eight learners from SAI’s iLead Program mostly Grade 5 and above…

Foldscope in the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

The Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos is the most Antique University in America, where diverse events in the history of science and technology in Peru have aroused.  “Sanmarquinos”, as they are usually called, have contributed and continue contributing to all aspects of the scientific development in Peru and the world. Medical Sciences represent one…

Foldscope at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Diffusion of scientific and discoveries and innovations constitute one of the most important processes for the massification of these for all communities worldwide. It is for this reason that it results very fascinating to generate an integration of knowledge and ideas around objects that could facilitate a better understanding of our environment.

Foldscope at Neuroscience Congress

After I came back from Stanford, the first thing I did was to show the Foldscope to my family and friends. After that, to Universities. Yesterday, I had the first opportunity to show this device to a large group of people. I was invited to a Neurogical Congress in the Province where I live, Mendoza….

Foldscope: Facilitating Zika Research & Grass Root Data Sharing In Honduras

Super excited about my upcoming trip to Honduras where I will be visiting various remote schools and teaching students about the many benefits and uses of the foldscope! The Honduran government has declared a state of emergency because  of the rampant spike in Zika cases.  This foldscope project is not only timely but important because…

Foldscope Community in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG) is working to establish a foldscope community in Afghanistan. Here are some pictures of a team of school students, teachers and employees who are working to develop this community. This was an introductory session for these people and they went on to introduce foldscopes to their families, friends, and neighborhoods. We…

First Run: Ranunculus

As soon as I finished folding up my foldscope, I needed to try it out. It really is a special tool. Now thinking of ways to use it with my elementary school students. Some are studying hexagons- anyone know anything with hexagon cells? Commment: this is Foldscope admin – Manu. Somehow your comment button is…

Hello Fellow Foldscopers!

In case you haven’t visited Microcosmos in a while, you might have noticed some new changes to the website!  We updated the theme, added some content, and hopefully made posting easier.  We are also now able to assign DOI’s (digital object identifiers) to each post so that your Microcosmos post can be cited in scientific…