Human Hair under foldscope

Human hair, one of the key evidences found at Crime scene that can link a suspect, or victim to crime scene. The pigmentation pattern based individualization of human hair can easily be characterized under foldscope.

Spider web under a foldscope

Hi, this is Parveen Kurbah, and I am from MeECL Secondary School, Umiam from standard 10. A spider web was found during Panshet dam, near Pune visit. I found this web on the ground and I thought it will be interesting to observe the microfibres under a paper foldscope. It was a tricky part to take the sample, as its a…

A suggestion : To use dyes that rotate the plane of polarised light

It’s been quite a long while since I last posted here… A small play with polarizing filters and the fern rhizome slides provided in deluxe foldscope kits, I came up with these images :: I’d want to know which dyes were used in staining as these seem to rotate plane of polarised light. It’d be…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 01

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. My current endeavour on Tardigrades (water bears) started as a passion for Astrobiology, these tiny creatures are known to survive extreme environment conditions (i.e., low or high temperatures/pressures, high dosage of X-rays/gamma rays/UV…

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Microfossil: a successful hunt

I have been looking for microfossils from last month. Finally found one in sand sample collected from a beach in Mumbai.

#indiafoldscopephase1: NE Twinning ..Foldscope Workshop

DEK NCERT participated in workshop on USE OF FOLDSCOPE organized b at Lembucherra Tripura by N-E twinning partner College of Agriculture Tripura. 34 personals comprising of faculty of CoA Tripura,  Students from different institutions of Tripura State participated in the workshop held on 13.11.2018 Workshop started with inaugural specch by Dr.M.Dutta (ARS) , OSD &…

Microorganism from Deepor Beel under the Foldscope

The freshwater microorganisms  cyclops and probably mysis. Yesterday a team from CEE went to a Tetelia High School and took some water from the Deepor Beel which was nearby.   These are other pictures we took and we aren’t able to figure out what these things are. If anyone knows more, go ahead please tell…

Inauguration of Foldscope in Barkatullah University on 27/09/18

Foldscope instrument has been inaugurated by Honorable Vice Chancellor of Barkatullah University Prof. R J Rao in the Department of Microbiology. Being a Zoologist he found immense possibilities to pursue in the field of Microbiology with the help of pocket-sized Foldscope. Students have also seen their slides under the Foldscope.  

Pollen view of Chrysanthemum under foldscope

Chrysanthemum, commonly known as mums, are perennial autumn flowers dawning from Asia and north-eastern Europe. They exist in a wide variety of colours and different shapes ; thus are grown commercially in huge quantities. The pollens appear naturally yellow and spherical in shape.               

Pollen of Tridax daisy under foldscope

The plant bears Daisy like yellow centered white or yellow flowers with three toothed ray florets.Commonly called as coat buttons.The leaves are toothed and generally arrowhead shaped.It is native to the tropical Americas.This plant can be found in fields ,meadows ,croplands,disturbed areas,lawns and roadsides in areas with tropical and semitropical climates.Traditionally Tridax procumbens has been…

Pollen of Portulaca Oleracea under foldscope

Commonly called as red root,pursley,verdolaga etc.It has smooth ,reddish,mostly prostrate stems and the leaves which may be alternate or opposite are clustered at stem joints and ends.The flowers are five regular parts and are up to 6mm wide.Depending upon rainfall,the flowers appear at any time during the year.It may be used fresh as a salad…

‘Seeing’ what is known and unknown

Young children of Jai Ambe Nagar, a slum near Mankhurd which comes under M Ward, know a lot of microorganisms but they had never seen a living microorganism before. Today that got an opportunity to explore the microscopic world with the help of a low cost paper microscope (foldscope) invented by Professor Manu Prakash. They…

Effective del cafe en los latidos de la larva del mosquito

0D0AE68B-F02B-42B8-AD2D-12ED5DA86AAA We did an experiment where we added coffee to a mosquito larvae. ALl of us thought that the heart beat will go up – just like when we drink coffee. Coffee has caffeine that is known to affect heart rate. We were all surprised that the heart rate goes down. So our hypothesis was…

Air particle test slide results

I volunteer teach 5th grade science and would like a protocol for monitoring the quality of air. How would it be done with fold scope? count particles? measure size? range of particle sizes? numbers with respect to time? A link that I can’t find again suggests a simple way of detecting 2-micron to 40-micron particles…

Teacher Training in Assam

Xylem and pholem of a plant Xylem and phloem of a plant studied in foldscope as part of teachers training in Assam conducted by CEE North East. Four schools have been selected near the Deepor Beel, a Ramsar wetland to study the microorganisms. The teachers trained will guide the students to use foldscope given to…

Pollen of Duranta Erecta under Foldscope

Commonly called as Golden Dewdrop,pigeon berry.It is a sprawling shrub or small tree.It can grow to 6m tall and can spread to an equal width.Mature specimens possess axillary thorns ,which are often absent on younger specimens .The leaves are light green ,elliptic to ovate ,opposite and growup to 7.5cm long and 3.5cm broad,with a 1.5cm…