Chia seeds

Dense structure of the chia seed which germinated in water for a week. One the left is the chia seed which germinated in water for a week and on the right is a picture of a dry chia seed. I use chia seeds on a regular basis for my smoothies, oatmeal and chia puddings. A…

A fuzzy, white blanket

There is nothing that compares to a bite of fresh, vibrant fruit on a gentle spring day. Yet even during the chilly months, my sweet tooth never stops. So you could imagine my excitement when my roommate gifted me with an armful of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  I stashed them in my fridge only…

Autumn Autopsy

Living in the Mid-Atlantic means living through 4 distinct seasons, every single year. 4 different lives, 4 different climates, and 4 different times, complete with their own characteristics and narratives that shape every year as they pass. I’ve been thinking a lot about the anthropocene, and what life looks like because of human intervention; what…

Leaf Life

I conducted this project as part of Professor Pringle’s EEB321 class at Princeton University. I had never used a fold scope before, and was excited to see clear, interesting images through the lenses. One of my best images was the one shown here, which shows a small leaf that I found on the Princeton University…

Spotted lanternfly wing

As spotted lanternflies began to ravage the Princeton campus, students were encouraged to stomp them out if found. The student body has responded to this call: a brief stroll through the paved campus walkways reveals the carnage inflicted upon the adult lanterfly population. But few students have taken the time or had the curiosity to…

My Microcosmos Soil Sample

This is a sample of soil that is used by the foldscope. Extra: This is a sample of a fiber from a shirt. (You can distinguish the fiber sample by the long strips.)

Online Webinar on Foldscope and its Applications by Dr Parul Gurjar

Online webinar on Foldscope and its applications organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Seth Kesarimal Porwal College, Kamptee, Nagpur in Collaboration with Dept. of Botany Arvindbabu Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya Bharsingi, Narkhed, Nagpur where the expert talk was given by Dr. Parul Gurjar, Former Junior Research Fellow, Indo-US DBT Foldscope.

Foldscope workshop for primary school students in Tanzania.

Foldscope session conducted at St. Joseph primary school , as part of rising stem star session conducted by projekt inspire team . Students were able to explore micro-world , to capture new knowledge related to science of living things and they saw how microworld appeared under 140x magnification using foldscope.

How can an insect the size of a grain of rice kill a citrus tree?

“I know what you’re thinking, WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?! The insect is called the Asian Citrus Psyllid, and yes it CAN kill a tree.” photo collage by Valentina, 8th gradequote by Yolada, 7th grade PROJECT STORY MAP: Save Our Citrus https://bit.ly/SaveOurCitrus2021 Culiminating project includes student work & videos. In the summer of 2020, I was…

A beating heart, perhaps?

Our pond had been welcoming a lot of frog (or toad) visitors each night since the monsoon started. Recently, I found what I am pretty sure were frog eggs on the edge of the pond: they were jelly-coated, but pretty small, and not spherical – sort of shaped like pomegranate arils. When disturbed with a…

Pollinators’ paradise

Bees are a rare sight in the city. They are seen as a threat, and we humans are driving them to extinction. Yet, without them no life is possible on Earth. A passion fruit vine in my garden sees scores of pollinators every afternoon. What’s admirable is that both species that visit, honeybees and stingless…

#EarthDay Plant Box Treasures

In celebration of #EarthDay, our youngsters headed outside to our plant boxes. We do not have open grounds since we live in the city but this did not stop them from enjoying the little treasures outside. #Kalachuchi #FoldscopePhilippines #foldscope #foldscopePH # #CitSci #CitizenScience #7lakesscience #7lakescistizenscience #7lakescitizenscientists #7lakescitizenscientiststeam

Spores, pollen, wonder and more

This is a documentation of two intended samples and one hitch-hiked sample, all very different from each other yet peacefully inhabiting the same square foot habitat. Plus one bonus sample at the end! When I first learnt about fern spores, I was intrigued by how an entire plant grew out of a microscopic grain, and…

A Camera-shy Tardigrade!

My first tardigrade – and a surprise at that. I looked into my Foldscope, and, without panning or focusing, the first thing that I saw was a slightly blurred, but recognisable little creature! Yesterday I scraped off some lichens from two trees on my street. I think they were the same kind of lichens; they…

I. Understanding the earliest farmers: The “crops”

Lockdown and working from home have their own advantages (let us only talk about good things). My favorite new pastime is interacting with an 11-year-old and her everyday school lessons, sometimes even as the class is done. A few days ago, the 11-year-old lectured me on the earliest farmers in the fertile crescent, the Indian…

The structure and veins of a leaf(Crushed).

I saw many veins, and uh.. in the 1st and 3rd picture there is the middle vein of the crushed leaf. Actually, I got this leaf from near my home, where is a ” Milletta Pinnettia ” tree (also called Indian Beech) that is fully grown up. Thankyou!

Bioluminescent microbe

This is the picture of a bioluminescent microbe while I was examing the microbes in the water sample that was collected from vellayani lake, Thiruvananthapuram, It is the first time spotting a bioluminescent microbe from this lake, It will be showing a fluorescent red color This is the picture of that microbe without exhibiting the...

Poinsettia Leaves

The images above are those of the red leaf of the plant Euphorbia pulcherrima, better known as poinsettia. I came across these planted in my neighbour’s window planters and they seemed to stand out. On first glance, the leaves look like flowers and it took a few minutes of staring at them to realise that…

Kalanchoe and Marigolds

In this entry I will be comparing the pictures of two different type of flower petals as seen under a foldscope!

A pool of life!

I noticed a green layer (presumably algae) growing on the terracotta pots on my terrace. All the pots have greenish growth on them, but they all look very different. One pot had a layer which was considerably thicker, and easy to scrape off. I soaked bits of it in regular tap water and let it…

Sedum adolphi ‘Firestorm’

As a succulent enthusiast, the object I have chosen for scientific curiosity is a succulent called Sedum adolphi ‘firestorm,’ which were taken from my personal collection of succulents. I find it exciting to learn about the utilization organisms to produce or carry out functions related to the biomedical field. Examples are Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae,…

Foldscope Figures

Not entirely sure what this is but it has liquid-like features. I was trying to to zoom in on cinnamon sugar when I came across this and decided this looked cooler (the cinnamon sugar clumped up so it did not make for a good sample). I'm thinking it's tape glue. My slides stuck together unevenly...

Life in a leaf

I think there are permecia and some plant cells and some amobea. This is my second post please give me feedback