Freshwater algae?

I recently examined a water sample from the reservoir at Pinnacles National Park in California. I saw some cool  cells–I think they are filamentous algae? I am intrigued by the alternation of clear and green (chlorophyll containing) regions.    

Worm captured in foldscope

I went for a walk in Big Canyon park in San Carlos, CA with my dog  after several days of rain. I picked up a piece of rotting wood and brought it home to check out w/ the foldscope. There was a layer of mud adhering to the bottom of the wood, and I saw…

Insect wing

Insect wing found in pollen samples taken from a nectarivorous bat of the genus Glossophaga Marisol Martínez

Help me identify these ciliates and flagellates

Without much ado, here are 5 unicellular eukaryotes that were growing in my lichen suspensions. These emerged after almost 4 weeks. I took these videos at the beginning of the year,  and only now found time to collate them. Could you help me identify these? BTW, even after 4 months, I have nematodes and rotifers thriving…

A quick post to share some observations

Dear foldscope community: This is going to be a short post  due to such a busy time I am having. Just wanted to share with you a bit of the  hidden beauty  foldscope is allowing many of us to unveal. Isn't this a gorgeous adventure! A few days ago I was trying to image epidermal...

Nothing is sharp even if paper cuts your hand

Recently i got a paper cut in my finger while i was writing my assignment. I asked myself how is this even possible DROP ASSIGNMENT TAKES THE PAPER OPENS BOX TAKE THE FOLDSCOPE MINDBLOWN. Though it was cut highly presise by machines in the industry , its not.  I was even able to see the…

Lingzhi Mushroom and Leaf

  The first black and white images, which seem more like images of the moon, are actually low-power images of the surface of a Lingzhi mushroom bud. I look forward to capturing them in higher power next time and for following the Lingzhi mushroom throughout its maturation process. The second set of green images are…

A Lousy day and permanent slides

A few months ago, a young micronaut, Aditi, had a lice infestation on her hair and before subjecting her to the lice treatment we got a couple of the critters and foldscoped them.  Without much ado here are the  collated videos. One of the things I have been wanting to do is to make some permanent…

Further adventures at lake Lagunita

With rains pouring upon us (which is a good thing for California); we decided to meet at Lake Lagunita for a quick Foldscope session. I had never seen lake Laguinta filled before (remember my past post about finding spider eggs in lake Laguinta here: https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=7652)  Today morning was a different story. We gathered at the…

Copepods at Lake Lagunita on a Rainy Day

Today Manu Prakash showed us where to look for interesting microbial action.  He also shared  some tips on using the foldscope.  This sample was collected from Lake Lagunita and the movie was taken by Manu. Enjoy!  

Observing Pollen of different flowers

We at our Pratham Science Exploratory observed pollen of different flowers also found that the number of pollen vary in different flowers. Some flowers have a lot and others have a few.

Exploring Stomata- Pratham Science Program

There are variety of leaves around us. I tried exploring Stomata in leaves of different plants, one each day. This was a wonderful experience knowing and observing plants around our center.        

Queen Ant wings

  A few days back ,I saw ants near the door and an insect with wings that  i belive  the Queen ant (motionless). Then I saw that the wings were different there were colourless patches in some area . First time in my life I wilfully plucked a wing ,gave me chills though it was…

Video: Middle School Tech Review

Real tools lead to real work at Opportunity Middle School in Concord, NC. Using microscopes, foldscopes, and laser lens hacked cheap fire tablets, our students are opening up their world, all on their own. With only a couple of takes after stumbling over the term “microscope,” these 7th and 8th graders free-styled this video to…

Mirrors on the wings – story of Gulf Fritillary

On my usual walk outside with kids; I was met with a visual so stunningly beautiful.  I rubbed my eyes to believe what I had in front of me. An almost motionless butterfly glistening in the sun; shinning with mirrors on its wings. Let me repeat; yes “mirrors on the wings”.  To my advantage, the…

The secret about lice

On December the 6th I got lice on my head. I was curious to see what it was. So me and my Dad took two lice that I had on my head and put it under the Foldscope. I learned lots of new things about lice. I learned that lice are insects because they have…

Algae

Received a foldscope today from a friend. Here’s the first photo I took of some algae using the lower res lens.

The Great Blue Whale

“…even stripped of these supernatural surmisings, there was enough in the earthly make and incontestable character of the monster to strike the imagination with unwonted power. For, it was not so much his uncommon bulk that so much distinguished him from other sperm whales, but, as was elsewhere thrown out- a peculiar snow-white wrinkled forehead,…

Science district of Interliber – Croatia (eSTUDENT)

Hi again, We are writing to describe our third workshop which was held as a part of Science district of Interliber (Croatian biggest book fair) in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. The workshop was based on preparing microscopic slides for animal and botanical samples and observing them in three different ways – using daylight, LED…

Science Picnic festival – Croatia (eSTUDENT)

Hello, We would like to describe our workshop we held in the capital city of Zagreb as a part of the Science Picnic festival. There were about 30 000 participants who brought their enthusiastic spirit for science. Each one of our visitors left with positive impressions and it was (quite) a challenge to answer all…

Day for science – Croatia (eSTUDENT)

Hello everyone,       We are a part of the biggest nonprofit student organization from Croatia called eSTUDENT which has over 300 active members. Our science-education team includes 14 students from various fields of the University of Zagreb. We are very excited to write our first observations about what we have done throughout this year. At the…

Ipomea pollen

Unstained Ipomea pollen grain taken directly from Leptonycteris nivalis (Greater long-nosed bat) fur at Cueva del Diablo, central Mexico. Photo Ana Ibarra