The view of stomata of a lower epidermis plant

We desperately searched some plant and viewed them to find a stomata at our practical class with our class teacher but could find any at the beginning.But then at last after hours of searching we finally  found this and we were all very amazed, and find it incredible to see such thing.This is all possible…

ciliates, polychaetes and my experience with the workshops :)

    hello everyone, During the workshop at IIT Mumbai I’d collected a sample of riccia from the walls and I found a variety of protozoans and nematodes in it along with polychaetes and flatworms as well! Everytime I foldscope a natural sample I’m just amazed by the fact that there really is a whole…

The way I wish I had been taught.

Dear Foldscope community: In many occasions, since I have been using my foldscope microscope, I have had the opportunity to watch fresh water oligochaeta worms. They are very abundant in debris enriched waters and quite “huge” to be easily observed in detail.  When I was a University student, I don´t remember seeing them “in vivo”,-of…

Mosquito Larvae?

A fellow teacher called me to her room today to ask for assistance. She wanted me to identify something swimming in her fish tank. She set up a small (1-2 gallon) fish tank in her room and prepared it for fish, but before she could add fish something appeared. They look like mosquito larvae to…

Mosquito

I was enjoying the weather outside today, and so were skinny mosquitoes that kept trying to feast on my blood. I managed to stop one and place it on a slide. Update- Based on a helpful comment, I went back to the slide and took more pictures. The mosquito isn’t fresh anymore, but perhaps the…

A diversity of protozoa…

Hello foldscopers!!! It’s so good to be back & this time with a really different approach & the new foldscope model! The IIT B workshop was so wonderful that the eagerness to view & post something new had increased in me. So here’s a small sample that I had scraped from the walls of a boundary…

Moss

Hello, I took a piece of Moss and observed t under my foldscope. This is my first foldscope upload and am looking forward for more and better results

Bee sting in the hand

In Copenhagen, I got a chance to go to dinner at Dr Dino Ott’s – a physicist trained at Niels Bohr Institute, an old visiting student and a dear friend. His wife Ana and son joined dinner. Dino visited the lab several years ago when we were building/designing foldscope; and engaged in many parts of…

    Hello, I have taken this video while observing the sample of muddy water.I  am  student from KV IIT ,Mumbai,India.I attended the DPT  India Workshop.

Hello, I found this organism from a sample of muddy water.This is first foldscope post.I am a student of KV IIT,Powai,Mumbai,India.I attended DBT India Workshop.

Foldscoping in Copenhagen – part 2

I am spending two days in Copenhagen – and it’s such a wonderful feeling to see nature integrated in the city. I don’t have to go too far to find natural ecosystems that are not perturbed. Right outside the house; I found a little pond; and here is a Facebook live video of the activity….

BMC Municipal Urdu school Foldscope workshop, Mumbai.

I had been in Mumbai for a few days and was eager to get started with a series of Foldscope workshops we (DBT, Foldscope Instruments, IITB, Ruia college – amongst others) had been planning in Mumbai. Municipal (BMC) schools are spread across the city, and we choose a majority Urdu speaking school with kids ranging…

Foldscoping in Copenhagen ponds

My experience biking and Foldscoping around Copenhagen – watch the video till the end for big surprises. Please tag all the organisms you see here.. Cheers Manu

Testing my new foldscope!

Hello Everyone, So just day before yesterday I received my new Foldscope kit! 😀 and I couldn’t wait to make a bunch of posts. This was my first observation with my new Foldscope. It’s the permanent slide that came with the kit       I collected a Riccia sample from IIT Bombay during the…

Orchid

Hello, I took a  petal from an orchid and sliced it into fine pieces. I observed it under my foldscope. In my early attempt I was not able to get any satisfactory result. But I tried and worked on it and finally got something fruitful. This is my first foldscope upload and I am looking…

Mosquito’s body through foldscope 2.0

  Hi this is Varun from chennai, India I’m  14years old and I’m studying in the 10th grade, this is the mosquito’s body through the foldscope v2.0. In another mosquito I saw a blue line kind of thing I thought it is blood and may I know what are those black spots, if anyone knows what…

Manu Prakash demonstrating time lapse with foldscope

The video presents Manu Prakash demonstrating how to capture time-lapse using foldscope and a smartphone.  The audio is clear enough to understand the trick used.     The outcome of the activity is presented in this video posted by Manu Prakash:

Rose pollen

Hi! These pictures were captured really long back..sorry for not posting earlier. Wanted to contribute in Lakshmi sir’s pollen data base. Macro picture of flower: Dry pollen: Petal: Happy Foldscoping~

Moss observations with a foldscope

It was my first experience of making a foldscope and seeing somethings using the foldscope, at a workshop at IITB on 29th August. Myself alongwith Arunan, Nagarjuna, Rafikh (CUBE Lab, @HBCSE, TIFR) participated in the workshop. With quite a bit of maneuvering and dexterity, we managed to observe something that excited us watching through the…

Wonderful moment in Foldscope teachers workshop at IITB

Jim and I, along with DBT staff scientists, IITB, Ruia college and Dharavi Diary volunteers have been running workshops for teachers and IITB students. In continuation, today we a ran workshop at IITB campus with the focus of sharing experience of teachers. We started with a wonderful series of introductions and journeys that many teachers…

“Muskaan” (smile) of incredible kids in Dharavi basti (Mumbai)

We run and document Foldscope workshops around the world. It’s our work and our passion. And in this process, we meet incredibly kids that amaze us, remind us of why we love science so much and allow us to see a reflection of our future to come. Some members of Foldscope Team (Jim Cybulski and…

Tide pooling at Bandra rocks; Mumbai – a fine early morning

I am in Mumbai for next couple of days to run foldscope workshops. I will write a longer post about the agenda and the plan; but want to share a wonderful Mumbai experience with everyone. It’s all recorded in few minute Facebook Live videos (I am testing that platform to document Foldscoping in the field)…..

Harpaticoda and some mysterious things

Hello everyone, Recent I’d been on a trip to Jaigad which is in Konkan region of Maharashta, India. We visited this really famous Shiva temple in the locality known as Karhateshwar it is situated on the edge of the sea on a steep rocky mountain. There were steps to reach down to the sea where…

The Spots on Ferns – SF Conservatory of Flowers, continued….

Ferns are one of my favorite plants. In fact, my very first Microcosmos post concerned the very same. At our Foldscope workshop at SF Conservatory of Flowers this past Saturday (original post here), we took a closer look at those spots you see on the underside of ferns, which are sori, the spore-producing components of…

Foldscope at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers!

This past weekend, myself (Max) and Honomi Ijima from the Foldscope team had the pleasure of hosting a free outdoor public workshop at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, where you can find many more natural wonders beyond the world of flowers. We were delighted to co-host with Drew Risner-Davis, an exhibit manager and ace…

Mystery of floating jelly balls

I am at Woods Hole this week; and just amazed with the biodiversity in the coastal environments around here. I took a stroll around Wood neck beach, with my 6 year old nephew who just got his first plankton tow. The ocean is connected with a little stream and a current passes back and forth….

Sand Crabs and Shrimp at Stinson Beach, CA!

A few months ago, Manu introduced me to the foldscope in Stinson Beach, CA! Here are some movies of the organisms we collected. IMG_4028.MOV Sand crabs respond to waves by coming out of the sand to feed on plankton. After the wave has passed, they burrow back into the sand. Here, Manu is disturbing the water to…

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…