Danjugan Island Ecosystems & Big Blue Network

We introduced Foldscopes to 25 kids participating in a week-long camp know as the Danjugan Island Environment Education Program.  The kids used their Foldscopes to get a different perspective of the island’s  5 different eco-systems which they also explored on hikes and by snorkelling.               Three Foldscopes with different…

Exploring the sea at the dining table Episode 3

Hello Foldscopers! Do you ever look at algae and think, “That looks yummy”? Well, I do. Maybe not when they are in their raw form, but I certainly do when they arrive at my dining table. I eat all kinds of edible multicellular marine algae (seaweed) on a daily basis. Edible seaweeds play an important…

A simple way to observe ‘invisible’ structures!

By now you all must have understood about the love I have for the plant pots I have at home. And also the fact that I rarely get out… I had these things growing in one of my plant pots. Foldscoping the blue stuff (it was difficult to separate it from the mud), I got…

The Salty Microcosmos – 2

Centrifugation was a really good idea to get out those protozoans from sea water. So I centrifugated the sea water and used the denser parts at bottom of the tubes for observation. I added two rice grains to the centrifugate and observed after a day. Some observations : Added a drop of 1% Methylene Blue…

A copepod waves hello

Hi Foldscopers! Copepod sighting from Kitakyushu, Japan! I would like to share a video of  my friend Blair and I seeing a copepod for the first time on March 25th, 2018 with a Foldscope. I scooped some pond water with a paper cup (reused from picnic lunch) from a lily pond where a few koi fish…

GREAT RESOURCE! Book recommendation

Whether you are in the U.S. or not (like us) this is a wonderful resource for educators planning explorations of the microcosmos. The INTRODUCTION and background information is wonderful and the description and ID KEYS are wonderful!

The Salty Microcosmos – 1

About a month ago had visited a beach at Juhu, Mumbai. The reason was a talk at Prithvi theatre – Chai and Why? I hope most of the Mumbai-residents here might know about it. So after the talk, went to Juhu beach and collected some sea water. It was wonderful to have seen such a…

Wings of Trichogramma chilonis, an important biocontrol agent

Trichogramma chilonis is one of the most widely used biocontrol agents in India. This minute parasitoid is capable of parasitising the eggs of a number of lepidopteran pests on a variety of agricultural crops. [Specimen obtained from Omprakash Navik]  

Tiny wonders in pond water @ DBT-Foldscope Workshop, India

This is the 1st time that I use my foldscope @ ICGEB workshop, India and the experience was just amazing. After waiting for 4 mins of plain silence finally got a glimpse of something mindblowing…so sharing that 1 special min was a must. Only wish I could identify what exactly it was! This is just…

Fern gametophytes?

Took some matured leaflets from a Nephrolepis plant growing at our college and scraped the brown sacs (the sori) on its lower epidermis over the mud of my plant pots at home with an aim to disperse spores. The next day found some heart-shaped, tiny, green structures growing on the mud. Foldscoping those, it did seem like…

Getting to know my (plant) neighbors Episode 1 – Camellia japonica 椿

Hi Foldscopers! フォールドスコープ探検隊の皆さんこんにちは! I went for a very long walk with a mission, follow a river from the upper watershed all the way down to the mouth. 休日の散歩に、近くを流れる川に沿って上流から河口まで散策しました。 Along the way, I found many kinds of plants, both wild and cultivated. I consider them my neighbors, and I’d like to introduce them to you! And…

Our team during visit

Sea urchin spike

Found this sad sea urchin washed up on the beach last week: Here is one of its scary looking spikes: Was hard to see anything with the usual Foldscope set up. So after digging around a bit on the Microcosmos site, I found this post: A simple hack for reflection/epi-illumination using the foldscope Using a…

Experience of members of parliamentary standing committee on S&T with #Foldscope

Yesterday, the parliamentary standing committee on S&T visited @NCMR_Pune @NCCS_Pune, I demonstrated the use of #Foldscope to all members, and they found it very valuable tool for frugal science. It was a rare occasion for policymakers to get a chance to directly engage and “experience” science first-hand. #Indiafoldscopephase1  #Fungal #sporangia All members were curious to observe the specimen…

Seethaphazam pollen

Seethaphazam or Custard apple (Annona squamosa) trees have just started flowering: Heres the inside of the flower: Heres its stamen: I think thats dry pollen coming off it. After about an hour in glycerol, here’s some pollen dyads: (One dyad possibly has a pollen tube?) Pollen was also seen as tetrads:

We have hair, they have things bizarre…

Animals aren’t unique when it comes to having things growing on their skin. Plants have an even bizarre set of things growing on their skin too, some of which secrete chemicals that are secondary metabolites. Foldscoping these reveal things about what ‘hair’ they have! Some of the explorations as follows : 1. Cucurbita maxima :…

Karuvaipillai Pollen

Karuvaipillai (Murraya koenigii) is flowering now! Here is some pollen from the flowers: Here is the same pollen after a couple of hours in glycerol: (The black lines in the background are the 1mm grid — would be good to have a more detailed grid to allow for generating a scale bar….)

Red hair? or parts of reproduction?

So, this time I am in a village area surrounded but trees, insects etc. I wandered arundel searching for a good thing to discover the wonders of. I found a fallen flower with a interesting looking stigma.so, I whipped out my foldscope. (Sorry, can’t focus better) BTW my stained blood pt 2 is due in…

A long journey to explore WATER – BACTERIA

I got in touch with the foldscope team last year, to develop some workshops within the program I was implementing for work. “Innovation with purpose”. The program consists on implementing an innovative technology “plasma water sanitation system” to guarantee access to secure and potable water for vulnerable people. Our vision is to connect advanced technology…

Dancing Diatom @ICGEB, Delhi

Observed during DBT Foldscope workshop… Dancing Diatom Also from same sample, pirouetting mystery-bug-aggregate  

First time using a foldscope: Amazing!!

Foldscope Discoveries Here in Squamish, BC at Coast Mountain Academy, we found charcoal from the fire pit. When we put a sample in our foldscope, we thought it looked very beautiful. Despite nothing moving around, it was a great first discovery. We look forward to using the Foldscope more to discover new things and change…

Life in a pedestal pond

Life in a pedestal pond Hyderabad was once a city of beautiful lakes and ponds and to some it still seems so. Our place-names record long-lost water — Gachibowli (well), Nallakunta (pond), Patancheru (lake), Chaderghat (riverside), and many more. As we continue to lose our water sources to urban sprawls we experience the seamy side…