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.

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…

Newspaper coverage of Foldscope Project workshops

Indo-US Foldscope project is an attempt to bring the science to every corner of the country. In this regard, Barkatullah University, Bhopal has been given the project for conducting research work and workshops for introducing Foldscope to the students of schools, colleges, universities, NGO etc. During the project, several workshops have been held and some…

Back to the Algae Sample: Strange Microorganism With Legs

Earlier in the month I put up a post showing some microorganisms I found in a sample I took from our horse’s water feeder that currently sprouts algae from every underwater surface, which were later identified as bdelloid rotifers by members of the community. Today I returned to the water feeder and took another sample,…


STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Pradeepthi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Jaanvi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Blue Bottle fly SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We collected a sample of common algae growing in the gardens of our college and observed it under foldscope


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

Hair Fiber under Foldscope

This is my first look inside a microscope. I remembered the first time I got my telescope and looked at the planet Jupiter and had the same reaction when I first looked inside a Foldscope. I was happy that at this cost I can discover microorganisms here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines and I…

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…

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…

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…

DBT Foldscope Workshop @ CTTE College, Chennai, on 22, Aug, 2019

Under DBT Foldscope scheme, One Day Workshop on DBT Foldscope- Assembly & Usage was conducted at CTTE College, Chennai on 22, Aug, 2019. Nearly 50 students from various classes of B.Sc. Physics participated in this workshop enthusiastically. Our volunteers who guided the participants belong to four different generation of Foldscopers of our College. This is…

Workshop for Ramakrishna Mission group of schools, Chennai

Under DBT Foldscope project, we could reach out to nearly 90 students and 10 Science teachers and Science activity room staff of Ramakrishna Mission group of Schools, Chennai. Students and teachers from their three different schools participated in this workshop on 13, Aug, 2019.

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…

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…

Poster and Collage competition on Health and Hygiene

Poster and collage competition was conducted for 150 students from 6th to 12th standard, from 4 different schools namely, (Prem Vidyalaya, R.E.I. from Agra, Soami Nagar Model School from New Delhi and Primary and secondary schools from Rajaborari) and best two entries from every school were awarded first     and second prize. The topic for the…

Life in an ‘Organic pond’ – Part 2

Let’s explore more of the life in an ‘organic’ pond, continuing with the same water sample that we investigated for the last post. I now noticed a larva, about 5 mm long, swimming in the water. It was moving very fast, but I patiently followed it with a dropper and was finally able to pick…

Foldscoping on the streets of Addis Ababa

Sipping from boiling pots of coffee on cobbled meandering streets, with a coffee shop every step along – is not a description of some old block in Paris but the heart of Addis. Addis Ababa – the capital city of Ethiopia, the land that actually discovered Coffee and shared it with the world. A country…