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…

Algae

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

Exploring the Deep Blue Sea

Sometimes an awesome opportunity presents itself to you. That’s what happened to our class at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School. Dan A., one of the shark divers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, got connected with one of our teachers (Kathy H.) about bringing an aquarium-like learning experience to our hospital school students. He brought…

Hiking the Tankwa Camino with Foldscope

From 29 Sept to 9 Oct 2016 I took part in a 260km ‘Tankwa Camino’ endurance hike,  which stretches through one of the most desolate regions on earth: South Africa’s Tankwa Karoo. For 10 days our group of 50 hikers covered distances of up to 32kms per day while facing scorching temperatures. My Foldscope was…

Oh, what’s that growing inside my foot. Story of Tunga penetrans 

When you cross through an airport security line; you are often asked if you are carrying any insects or plants. Knowingly, we are not carrying anything back – but what about biodiversity traveling back with you unknowingly. This is the story of Tunga penetrans; one of the smallest fleas that recently hitched a ride in…

Impatiens balsamina

Admiring beauty of these flowers just couldn’t resist studying under foldscope!🙂 Petals: Leaf: L.S. Leaf: T.S. Stem:                                               Section through bud:               Anther:        …

Life Under The Origami Microscope : Our Early Tryst With The Foldscope

We are grateful to Professor Manu Prakash and his Foldscope team at Stanford University for sending us the set of foldscopes. In a short span of time, our SPIE Techno India Student chapter members have assembled the instrument and have started looking at various objects through the Foldscope. We are all having a really enriching…

Foldscoop 1:3. Long-term Lichen suspensions

Laziness is a good thing; sometimes. Previously I had posted on observing tardigrades, ciliates and nematodes (1, 2)  in Lichens. It so happened that due to a hundred obstacles that life so often places, I  forgot to observe the lichens suspended in mineral water for about two weeks. By this point, the water turned dark brown…

Stamen of a Hibiscus

The Macroscopic picture The  pollen on the anthers held up by the filament.   The pollen.

Pistils and pollen

In Bethesda Maryland, along the columns that grace the main atrium of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute headquartes, climbs a green vine decorated by violet flowers.  We took one of the flowers and proceeded to remove the pistil to observe in the  Foldscope.  This is my first, and quite likely not the last observation I…

Foldscope in Ratnagiri- India (Maharashtra)

Hello Everyone, Recently,I’ve been on a trip to my village Ratnagiri and I decided to take the foldscope along. It was awesome.Sadly, I haven’t been able to take pictures of a few observations but I have tried to get many of them.This is going to be a long post so I better type less. Enjoy…

Onion peel and insect parts

Hi everyone, First of all, thank you Manu for creating such a wonderful device. It would be very useful to use foldscope in diagnosing deadly diseases on-the-go. Me and Shree are 2nd year MBBS students at ‘Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara College of Medical sciences and hospital, Karnataka’. We were very excited to receive our foldscope. We…

Foldscope Against Dengue!

Hello Everyone, Dengue is one of the major problems India and the world has been facing recently. Thousands of people across the world are being affected by it and since there is no cure for it as yet,it proves to be lethal in later stages.Medical treatment does help if the disease is diagnosed early. Dengue…

Tiny worms or figments of my imagination?

That is a soil sample.It’s not very neat because air bubbles are basically every where. I noticed some structures that might be little worms. I am not quite sure. Could someone Identify if that is true or not?  

Fungus

Tangled hyphae make up what seems like  a network.

Red Rose By: Keerthi Padmanabhan

Today, I observed a red rose. This flower comes from a family called Rosoideae.  At first, when I tried to view this rose,  all I could see was big red spots. So, to focus the rose, I took a piece of paper and made a wedge with my foldscope.  This made it much more clear to…

Microcosms of marine plastic debris

Hello Foldscope Community, I am Mandy Barker a photographer from the UK who has been photographing marine plastic debris recovered from the world’s oceans for many years. The motivation for my work is to raise awareness about the vast amount of plastic entering our oceans, affecting ecosystems, biodiversity, marine life and ultimately ourselves. Using the Foldscope I…

Ecosystem networks and flux

Any species that we observe under a microscope is part of an ecological network that depends on resources and interactions with other species. Think of all the ecosystems we are so used to seeing and reading about regularly: Serengeti, Yosemite, Kaziranga, Madagascar and Artic, each of these have completely different profiles of macro-species from the…

Updates on SAI KIDS Foldscope Club Activities

Since our establishment last July 2016, members of the SAI KIDS Foldscope Club in the Philippines have been actively conducting a series of experiments using their Foldscopes. Below are some briefs of the experiments we have done so far: August: Learning and Comparing Everyday Commodities One of the main goals of the club is for the learners to…

Metroparks Microhabitat – introduction to the space

I recently joined a program hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Metroparks. Right from the start, I saw that this program could contain some very interesting Foldscope potential! The Setting The program takes place at the South Chagrin Reservation, an absolutely gorgeous body of land with various pockets of terrain. There…

Algae-errific!

It’s been awhile since I posted, and I am sorry I haven’t sooner. The LED light died shortly after I received the foldscope and I was working on a few work-arounds. However, so impressed with this thing! I’ve been able to take some decent pictures though the LED would make them nicer and much easier…

Human Cultivated Nature

As I may have mentioned in other posts, I recently moved away from my urban life in Brooklyn to a more quiet (if no less human built) existence in Lansing, Michigan. Hence, my lack of posts in the last couple of months. Yesterday, though, enough was enough. While walking on MSU’s campus, (and while, coincidentally…

How to Find Tardigrades (Water Bears) in Your Own Backyard

Tardigrades, also known as Water Bears or Space Bears, are incredible members of the microcosmos that can be found just about anywhere in the world. These eight-legged invertebrates are only 0.1-1mm long, yet they are certainly the world’s toughest animals! Just how tough are they? They have been shown to survive temperatures as low as…