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Foldscope demonstration to school children

The students of K.V Ballygunge, Kolkata attended a presentation cum demo on Foldscope. The students of class 12 biology attended the presentation and were familiarized with concept of foldscope, its usage and its advantages. They tried their  hands on the paper microscope and were excited and thrilled to view specimen from such a small instrument….

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…

Foldscope Session for Summer School Students Workshop @IMScChennai

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai is hosting ~70 school students as part of an 8 day Summer School Students Workshop 2018. This week the students assembled Foldscopes: We had just about enough time to try out our Foldscopes with various slides! Here’s an ant stuck in a slide: Here’s some stomata from a leaf:…

Foldscope workshop for IISc research scholars

Ariviyal-Solai Innovation Centre founder karthik conduct a workshop for Indian institute of science Bangalore research scholars on 3rd May 2018. Students are actively participate in this workshop. They show interest to be a part of (crew members) AIC  and ready to support our low cost paper microscope to spread across the country. We also discussed…

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…

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 :…

Fun time with fibres and other things

From the clothes we wear to the paper on which we write, these things are made of fibres. Fibres of polysaccharides. Just how amazing these look under a foldscope…   Paper may look smooth and uniform as viewed from the naked eye, but microscopically a different story is seen.     Cotton fibres seen through…

Compound Eyes

Unlike us gigantic creatures, arthropods do not have just two simple eyes. Everything is compound in the microscopic world. A post dedicated to some of the compound eyes I have observed as per instructions in the post  https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=29111 and also by sandwiching the specimens between a coverslip and a cavity slide. 1. Housefly :    …

Fiery foldscoping!

I was curious about how chemical reactions would look like, microscopically. Particularly, combustion. However, observing one on foldscope wasn’t easy as putting the flap on would immediately extinguish any burning object. That could be solved easily by not putting the flap (it was obvious). However recording a burning object and even taking care to record…

Watching swimming bacteria in our spit

After a lovely Christmas dinner, my 6-year old nephew (H) and I settle down with a foldscope. And off course we decide to look at spit; in search of bacteria. This is video with the regular basic foldscope without light module. We use just the hanging light in the room as our light source. Enjoy!!…

Tutorial: Surface imaging using Foldscope – ice formation

I want to start the year with new year spirit. Ice crystals. It’s -26C here; yes – you read it right. Most people are enjoying the fact that it’s colder in Montreal than Antarctica. Something we should be worried about; but that’s for another day. Basic foldscope can be used for surface imaging on translucent…

Mites that spin silk; a tutorial for using micro-well slides

Here is a quick example of how to use micro-well glass slides in your kits to trap and keep alive organisms. Spider mites hiding on my #croton plant. They are really small; smaller than a dot in a sentence. Count the legs – and you know they are arachnids. But I did not know that…

New Foldscope tutorial – making wet mount slides and oblique illumination

Here is a 12min tutorial on basics of latest foldscope usage. Once you have assembled the foldscope correctly (see: https://www.foldscope.com/foldscope-instructions/), you can begin to make slides, explore and enjoy the microscopic world. Lots of latest tricks and tips hidden in this latest video: As you can see; so much can be done with the basic…

Surfing surfaces

Here is a hack with the new foldscope lens. Using a magnetic coupler and a lens, couple the two onto the phone’s camera-eye. This can be directly used to scan objects. For a reflecting light source, you can use the camera flashlight (if your app allows you to have the flashlight and the camera on…

Measuring the Foldscope Universe-1: Using the kit scale

In any scientific endeavor, measurements are a central aspect, and so I was delighted when I saw slide scales in the new foldscope kit. This meant that I could calibrate my phone camera with the slide scales. The smallest division on SLIDE A2 is 0.5 mm. Under the foldcsope at no digital zoom, that is…

Unboxing at midnight

Dark was the night and the date slipped over to the next. The wind howled as the critters froze under the million eyes of the crisp “Thanksgiving sky”.  But we were undeterred and bravely sneaked to the box, while the others slept in fear of the dark. Assembling the foldscope was a breeze, in spite…

My first mistakes… and fixes.

Hello world! I was super excited to receive my Foldscope and get started right away. I’d watched the videos a while ago and had the instructions for reference. Still I made two mistakes I’m sharing that can maybe help someone else just getting started.   The first was silly and easy to fix. I installed…