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

Getting nerdy about tea bags!

This post can also be viewed on my website: https://kanika-khanna.com/getting-nerdy-about-tea-bags/ I recently took out my foldscope from its storage bin after almost a year. But as the saying goes, it’s never too late to start exploring. I stepped out of my home into our street here in Palo Alto and took some pretty images of…

Images to feed Foldscope AI

In this post I am sharing a link for my drive where I upload images every time I do experiment. Foldscope Team will be using these footages to train the Foldscope application to recognize the organisms. Maybe you like to check if you have any images unshared, please do share them here and try to…

California, Bay Area Wildfires – Urban Soot Sampling

As of today (12th Sept 2020), wildfires in California and the rest of the west coast of the USA have consumed several million acres of forest cover. The national disaster took a dramatic turn when the skies turned into apocalyptic orange shades right after a heatwave during the labour day weekend. The skies from the…

Fungi on stale bread.

Fungi are legit the fun guys! unless they cause diseases. Fungi are a diverse group of eukaryotic organisms, almost omnipresent. There was bread in the house which I had forgotten existed for 3 days straight! and voila what I get to see is the assorted fungus which grew in those 3 days! That too, in…

Pollen germination

Those fascinating observations from pollen grain germination in the Brahma Kamalam drew me  irresistibly towards flowers of other plants. Recently I have been watching educational videos as now I am planning to create videos for school students using Foldscope images. In the biology videos for Classes 11 & 12 I noticed that Vinca rosea (Periwinkle)…

Amazing experience with Epiphyllum oxipetalum

Epiphyllum oxypetalum is often described as ‘Queen of the night cactus’. In India it is considered a sacred plant and called ‘Brahma Kamalam’, though there is much controversy about whether or not it is the ‘true’ Brahma Kamalam. In any case there is a lot of mystique associated with this plant. It blooms sometime between…

Unfolding Foldscope for the First Time

The current pandemic may have restricted the movement of youngsters but it cannot hold off their passion to learn. Upon discovering Foldscope online, we got a basic kit for these budding, young citizen scientists who gamely assisted in setting it up. It’s a wide stretch of learning and discovery path for them as they try…

Finally, the Tardigrade!

For more than two years now we have scoured water bodies and mosses, and soaked edible and non-edible lichen, in quest of the elusive tardigrades. With the onset of monsoons in Hyderabad, it seemed like a promising time to search for these ‘moss piglets’. That is how one Saturday afternoon, while looking for plants at…

Insight into Parasites – A ‘101’ on Viruses

(A small write-up, written by my batchmates and I. Decided to post this here. Hope you enjoy reading it :D) _____ While we’ve been locked in our houses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are wondering when life will be back to normal, we are reminded again and again that a tiny virus has brought…

Stomata in succulent leaves

At the peak of summer, the potted plants in my balcony get an extra dose of sunlight! One of these plants is the Ceylon spinach (Talinum fruticosum). I noticed that during summer its leaves are curled up most of the time. I guessed the excess of sunlight or wet soil may be the cause. I…

Chlorella (green algae) from stagnant water

Not only is this my first post on Microcosmos, it’s my first day using the AMAZING Foldscope! I collected a sample of slightly green stagnant water from beautiful Pt. Defiance Park here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s so cool to see the rolling sphere shaped Algae! I wish I could upload a video for you…