BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG

STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Jaanvi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Pradeepthi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Brown Marmorated stink bug SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We found this bug in our college campus and observed its various parts under foldscope

Identifying Dengue mosquito under a foldscope

I first felt the wrath of Dengue when my cousin sister – living in Delhi – got the same and was best ridden for almost a month. It was a striking reminder of the wrath of this viral diseases – and although it does not take as many lives as malaria – the symptoms and…

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

Aloe vera

T.S of Aloe Vera I was studying and suddenly I wanted to explore my newly bought foldscope. So, I made a thin section of Aloe Vera and observed these images.

The all-engulfing Sun: Experiments with the heliozoan Actinosphaerium

Actinosphaerium, also called a helizoan or sun-animalcule, belongs to the SAR- (Stramenopile-Alveolate-Rhizaria) branch of the eukaryotic tree. Recent phylogenetic analyses suggest that they are closer to haptophytes in the tree of life [To access a formal study on the matter, click here]. These “Sun-shaped” eukaryotes have stiff needle-like pseudopodia (also called axopods/axopodia) that surround their…

Narrating a live foldscope session together!

I have always enjoyed live narration in sports – such as soccer or cricket. Something about sharing our emotions at the moment as a testament of how we really feel. During Christmas, I get to hang out with my 4 and 8 year old nephews. Here is what happened in the 7 minutes we filmed…

Worlds most beautiful animal you have never seen before!

Every animal (and single cell) in its own right is beautiful because of the delicate balance between animate and in-animate matter it maintains. Life itself is a thing incredible beauty and joy. But this Christmas; I want to introduce you to “officially” the worlds most beautiful animal you might have never seen! Of course I…

Speed Identification of Food Microbes: Foldscope way forward

UMA CHAUDHRY. A one day workshop on foldscope was conducted by the Department of Biomedical Science of Acharya Narendra Dev College, in collaboration with Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences University of Delhi under the aegis of DBT, star college scheme. The main idea of the workshop was to popularize the paper microscope which offers wide…

Science OR Sports? Find what students chose!!

I was about to leave home to do another workshop in school, interestingly by chance I found those interesting triple together. So it was a great sample to take and show to students. Note* Media found below last one On 4th December we had a workshop in a new primary school for 4 & 5…

Malabar Hill Visit

Date: 23rd Nov 2018Place: Malabar Hill, MumbaiParticipants: Aziz, Siddhi, Jennifer and MayaDescription:The 4 of us enthusiastically went up to Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) today morning, only to find it shut on occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The only other park that would be open would be the Malabar Hill Park in South Mumbai. So we…

Cross section of Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Steam and root

During our out reach program at BARANILPUR A.D.P VIDYAMANDIR (H.S), the participants prepared their own slide of Fish scale and Cross section of Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Steam and root for observing under Foldscope. Few of the samples were stained with safranine and few were unstained to demonstrate the importance of staining with the help of…

one day Guest lecture programme on “Foldscope for Rumen protozoa biodiversity and parasitic infections

The one day Guest lecture programme on “Foldscope for Rumen protozoa biodiversity and parasitic infections was held at Don Bosco College, Maram, Manipur on August 12, 2019.The two Assistant professors namely by Dr.Meignanalakshmi the principal investigator (PI) Foldscope Project Work & Dr.R.Edith the Assistant principal investigator (API) Foldscope Project Work, Madras veterinary college, Chennai and...

How does Cuscuta a parasitic plant feeds?

A post about this Sunday’s exploration: You must have seen greenish yellow threads/wire like structures on many plants. What are they? Are they part of plant or a seperate plant or creeper? If you go closer you’ll see that they definately not part the plant. And if you try to check if it is creeper…

Papilio demoleus

Students name : Shilpa , Bharathi, Leelavathi College name:CMR National PUcollege, ITPL, Bengalore Specimen: Papilio demoleus(lime butterfly) Parts observed under foldscope: Proboscis, Wing dust, scales on wings& antenna Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropods Class: Insect Order: Lepidoptera Family: Papilionidae Genus : papilio Species: P. demoleus Description: The lime swallowtail, Papilio demoleusLinnaeus, is sometimes called the chequered…

Exploring the Microcosmos with Foldscope at Khalna, West Bengal

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta and Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya Vigyan Prasar Samity jointly organized a workshop in collaboration with Howrah Vigyan Chetna Samannaya on 19th October 2019 at Khalna, Howrah, West Bengal. Introductory Session- In this session, a brief idea about the origami microscope and its applications were demonstrated by the  Foldscope team,…

Foldscope excitement at ZPHS Vattinagulapally

Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) Vattinagulapally is a semi-rural local government school on the outer fringes of the city of Hyderabad, Telangana. I have been visiting this school as a volunteer in the weekend outreach program of TIFR Hyderabad, since July this year. Classes at Vattinagulapally are fairly small, partly because of drop-outs after elementary…

Mystery of galls on leaves

Post about a mind-blowing observation I made 2day: while coming from office I saw strange nodules on a plant leaves. Out of curiosity I plucked one leaf with nodules n brought home. My guess was it must bel disease which is causing abnormal growth. To check what these nodules made up of, I cut open…

Workshop on “Outreach Workshop on Usage of Foldscope” conducted by BMS College of Engineering for classes VII and VIII school students at Bengaluru, Karnataka on February 14th 2019

A series of two workshops were conducted on use of Foldscope as an awareness program, by BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. The First Workshop was conducted on February 14th 2019 in the morning session at Government Higher Primary School,Sunkadakatte,for class VII and VIII students. Around 40 students participated. The resource person were Prof N.Prathibha from…

Door to Door Campaigns on Personal Hygiene using Foldscope as an Aid

A campaign was conducted in the villages of Rajaborari to educate women on importance of hygiene with emphasis of cloth and menstrual hygiene. Women were explained the importance and procedure to wash clothes. They were shown slides of microbes with the help of foldscope. Microbes were collected from unwashed bedding, unclean towel, etc.  100 women…