Rotifer from balcony water tank

Today we looked at the little water tank on my balcony in Dresden, Germany. Since few weeks, green algae started living in the water tank so we thought we might find some more… we found this little rotifer in there, amazing to see the speed it sucks algae in and see the movement of its…

Wonder-worms in a pedestal pond

One fine spring morning, my nephew called me to show something ‘interesting’ in a pedestal pond in our housing society. When I reached there, I saw a beautiful lotus blooming and some dry lotus leaves around (they looked curled up or folded). It seemed that they were being stitched together to make a home… wonder…

Microscopic view of Red Ant

The images of the red ant which was covered by students of 9th class under the foldscope kit to get more interest inside the microscopic world.

Foldoscoping on the day of Janata Curfew

what better way to celebrate the Janata Curfew inside the home? During the day of Janata curfew to destroy the Carona virus from India, Prime minister Narendra Modi started a journey on 22 March 2020. To celebrate this event we students with Ms. Sri Lakshmi, Ms. Purandarswari under the guidance of Dr. Vemuri srs Praveen…

Water currents in the microcosmos

Watching different water samples under the Foldscope, I was fascinated by the variety of constantly active minute organisms, each with their unique ways of capturing food. Their feeding process, driven by tiny cilia, creates competing water currents on a single glass slide. Each minute animal makes its own whirlpool to suck food into its mouth…

Hibiscus Stem (Dicot) under-Foldscope and Compound microscope.

Growth in plants occurs in two ways: primary and secondary. Primary growth causes the plant to grow in length, both below and above the ground, due to the apical meristems that are actively dividing into these regions. Secondary growth causes the plant to grow in width due to the presence of lateral meristems or cambium layer which actively…

Microfauna around lichens

My friend Chandrika brought me a sample of these beautiful lichens  from Bangalore, with the hope of finding Tardigrades in them. We soaked one of the samples in RO water. After 5-6 hours, with great enthusiasm I started to hunt for tardigrades but no luck! In every single sample I observed, that very familiar guest…

Study of floral parts

College name- CMR National PU college, ITPL, Bangalore Sample name- Ajwain(Carom) flower, Basil flower Sample collection- Potted plant at home on 9th March 2020, collected by Kruti Pandya It has always been fascinating to obesrve floral parts under foldscope. Foldscope research was integrated for the study of microsporangia and megasporangia in Angiosperms in II PU(grade…

Cabbage leaf under Foldscope!

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) is a leafy green, red, or white biennial plant grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads. Vascular tissues help in conduction of water and food. Xylem transports water and Phloem food. Read more about vascular tissue on the mentioned link- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascular_tissue

भेंडी/ भिंडी/ Okra through the Foldscope

भेंडी माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कसा दिसतो? भिंडी माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसा दिखती है? How does Okra looks through the Foldscope? Photos taken with d Foldscope.

Iridescent Scales of Common Jay Butterfly.

Biology, Nature. Where do butterflies get their striking colors? Wing of a Common Jay (Graphium doson) Papilionidae . Butterflies actually get their colors from Ordinary(pigmented) and Structural color The ordinary comes from pigments Structural color is due to Iridescence

Pollens of Sterculia foetida (Jangli badam)

Sterculia foetida (Jangli badam) is flowering in Mumbai. It has two types of flowers 👇. Red one is bisexual and yellow one is male. Photographed its pollens with d Foldscope.

Moth proboscis

Found a dead moth in corridor. Since long I wanted to see a proboscis under d Foldscope. It looks amazing!

कांदा/ प्याज़/ Onion through the Foldscope

कांदा माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कसा दिसतो? प्याज़ माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसा दीखता है? How does onion looks through the Foldscope? Photos taken with d Foldscope.

कढीपत्ता/ करीपत्ता/ Curry leaf through the Foldscope

कढीपत्ता माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कसा दिसतो? करीपत्ता माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसा दीखता है? How do Curry leaves look through the Foldscope? 3rd picture is backside of leaf, stomata is also visible. Photos taken with d Foldscope.

टोमेटो/ टमाटर/ Tomato through the Foldscope

टोमेटो माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कशे दिसते? टमाटर माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसे दीखता है? How does tomato looks through the Foldscope? Photos taken with Foldscope. Tomato came to India in 16th century n became integral part of Indian cuisines.

Exploring kitchen with Foldscope

Household kitchen is an amazing place to observe and do experiments. Foldscope users have been doing just that. This post lists all such observations and experiments and it’s comment section provides a space to discuss things around it.

वांगे/बैगन/Eggplant through the Foldscope

वांगे माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कशे दिसते? बैगन माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसे दीखता है? Looking at eggplant through microscope. 1st image is d outer surface, 2nd is stem n 3rd is showing thickness of outer surface. Photos taken with Foldscope

आले/अदरक/Ginger through the Foldscope

आले माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कशे दिसते? अदरक माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसा दीखता है? How does ginger looks through microscope? 1st n 2nd image is of outer skin. 3rd is inner part. Photos taken with the Foldscope

White spots on leaves

Two posts about mysterious white spots on leaves posted by @SameerUno n @patilsaheb intrigued me so much that today morning I went out to look for such white spots on leaves. https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=188199 Near a dump I found such white spots on a cucumber-ish plant.  https://t.co/eWcUaPjnvj (2/n)There were 3 hypothesis- @SameerUno thought it looks like pollens,…

Pond Sample Discovery

Recently, while in Hanmer, New Zealand, I took a water sample from the pond is Chisholm Park. After a bit of peering through my foldscope, I discovered this micoorganism that I at first thought was algae, the same as the surrounding plant matter. I then saw it move forward in a smooth, sliding fashion, leading…

Foldscope Workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia

This past summer I had a pleasure of meeting Prof. Manu Prakash and getting a tour of his wonderful lab at Stanford University. Our conversation about the importance of resourcefulness, open-source knowledge, and accessibility of scientific tools inspired me organize an outreach event in my hometown in Serbia. Brainstorming with my friends from high school…