Foldscoping from a boat – hello from NZ

I just started a collaboration with Plankton Planet; bringing microscopy on sail boats around the world. An incredible world of plankton – in every drop of the ocean. I will write more about this new work soon; but here is a few snapshots of what it felt like.  To get access to the plankton, you…

Our Latex experiments

We wondered what the white latex of a Ficus plant would look like under a Foldscope. Here is the experiment in 5 short videos Video 1/5: Latex in Ficus elongatus.   Video 2/5. We spread the latex onto the slide. We had two slides, one in which we really stirred the latex and the other…

Water Beetle, California, USA

Manu Prakash and his lab members gave an amazing demonstration of Foldscope at the California Academy of Sciences last week. At this event, Manu trapped a water beetle from a sample of water taken from a nearby pond (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA). In the video, which is narrated by Manu, you can…

Insect larva before and after mounting in Karo

I brought home some pond water a couple of weeks ago, but in the summer heat, the water turned anaerobic (smelling of H2S) and I hastily took some of the smelly water and to my delight saw this larva. I think it is definitely some Dipteran species, although which one I am not sure. I love…

More ticks.. 

After my last find of a beautiful tick on a beach (an unusual place I had thought); I have been spotting ticks almost everywhere.  My last post about ticks is here:  How ticks come for a ride?  This time, I was enjoying a lazy afternoon with my kids in my own grass backyard (Glenn Canyon,…

Should I eat this strawberry? 

I hate when food goes to waste. Just as a philosophical point; it seems so much effort was made to bring it to my door; and for one reason or another – my family can not consume it. So when I see my strawberry with a small white patch growing, it’s worth asking a question…

Bloody lice

This morning ….I came across a small spider in the carpet ….which was struggling to move some dust ……well just finished my final exams yesterday…….. finally I can explore again. Sorry PETA the spider threatened me ,this is self protection and for science. The slide was ready in a min. fired up my phone cam,…

Exploring Plants at Ropes Mansion (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

On May 27, 2017 the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum hosted a Foldscope and Origami Flower Workshop at the Ropes Mansion, one of the historic properties owned by the Museum. This 18th century property is home to a beautiful garden in which we host special programs periodically throughout the summer, and…

Found Feather

My students caught me checking out a feather that I found over the weekend. Curiosity is contagious; I had a circle of students around me in moments.                     

Pond Water Motion Day 2

My class was fascinated by all of the movement in the sample. In their classroom microscopes they could see very little. While out at the pond, they had an interesting conversation about how they’d never drink the pond water, but they’d drink from a stream that looked clear. It was an important teaching moment. They…

Pond Water Day 2

This is the pond outside of the school where I work. The filter and fountain stopped running last week, so the water is less than clear. Plant and animal life live in the pond, including goldfish. We collected samples to look at again today. The students were surprised that although the pond was green, the end…

Pond Water Motion

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Guinea Pig Hair

My excited students brought in items to look at with their classroom microscopes and the Foldscope. This was a donation of guinea pig fur.

Where ants come from?

I am often perplexed with how many ants I have in my house. If someone could dissolve the whole house but the ants; I think you will still see a skeleton of my house made out of ants. Anyway, I love ants – so I have no problem. My family, not so much. So while…

Pond Water

These are images of pond water from outside of the school where I work.

Drosophila Melanogaster

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Mouse Intestine!

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Biodiversity in an old flower vase in my yard

To celebrate biodiversity day, I am sharing a few observations that I made from a mini-zoo in my yard. This is inspired by both laks and manu who regularly create long-term cultures and follow them to observe how life evolves in a mini-ecosystem.  Here’s the old vase that I let fill with rainwater a few…

Foldscope Fun At Moss Landing Beach

Hello foldscopers! I decided to explore the Moss Landing Beach because I work near there every day and have yet to explore the beach up close and personal! Moss Landing, California sits at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is over twice the size of the Grand Canyon but underwater!  I took this…

Exploring Tide Pools At Carmel Point

Hey there foldscopers! My marine science class had a lot of fun going to explore the tide pools at Carmel Point in Carmel, California! There was so much cool stuff to see! Carmel Point is a Rocky Intertidal ecosystem residing along an erosional coastline and in the center of Carmel Bay. It was raining on...

Brine shrimp, up close and personal

Brine shrimp, take 2 Our brine shrimp buddies survived the night and I invented a new mounting method so as not to squish them! We also got a better handle on lighting and focus conditions which was very exciting. Here we can see the body of the shrimp pulsating – perhaps the heart working hard!…

Brine shrimp!

Hello (Foldscope) world! I am excited to share my first presentable video with you. I am still working on my focusing technique, but am just so happy that we were able to get the lighting right to see some brine shrimp wiggling around! These cute little guys were collected from the fish room of our…