Roly Poly Leg

We all know this bug, whether as a roly poly, pill bug, wood louse, or Armadillidium vulgare. It’s a terrestrial member of the crustacean family that feeds on decaying plant matter, but it’s most famous for rolling up into a tight ball. Pill bugs have seven pairs of legs, each apparently covered with tiny, fine hairs! I…

Pollen

With spring right around the corner, I decided to check out some pollen from a rosemary flower. Who knew these little pods could give me such terrible allergies! I found the small striations on the pods to be super interesting – I wonder what purpose they serve? #Bio60

Exploring seawater a drop at a time.

Recently our class did some casual plankton surveying at the Monterey Coast Guard Jetty. We filled several jars from a plankton tow using a 202 micron net, to focus on living zooplankton, which we observed under dissecting scopes back in the lab. As predicted, evidence of spring was in the water as well as the…

Snail Gut

Our Stanford Bio60 team went on an awesome trip to some ponds near the bay. Along the way, we came across snails of different shapes and sizes. This image of a snail’s gut was taken with the help of Manu Prakash. We noticed these interesting pigmented, petal-shaped cells. Any idea what these are? Thanks for…

Tilia stem (cross section)

A commercially prepared slide (AmScope) containing a cross section of a Tilia stem was imaged by Amani Routte (age 6) in Kigali, Rwanda using a FoldScope that was equipped with a 140x lens, LED light module, and iPhone (5) camera.

Coprimus Mushroom (cross section)

A commercially prepared slide (AmScope) containing a cross section of a coprimus mushroom was imaged by Amani Routte (age 6) in Kigali, Rwanda using a FoldScope that was equipped with a 140x lens, LED light module, and iPhone (5) camera.  Light module and camera were misaligned due to time constraints.

Pumpkin Stem (cross section)

A commercially prepared slide (AmScope) containing a cross section of a pumpkin stem was imaged by Amani Routte (age 6) in Kigali, Rwanda using a FoldScope that was equipped with a 140x lens, LED light module, and iPhone (5) camera.  Light module and camera were misaligned due to time constraints.  

Beetle larva?

Here’s another cutie from my trip to Baylands Preserve in Palo Alto, CA, USA.  Looks like it may be a beetle larva? It’s about 2 mm long, with little legs on its thoracic segments.  Looks hungry! #bio60

Diatoms? at bay lands marsh

This was taken from one of the muddy pools of brackish water at the baylands today. Is the thing in the center a diatom?  Thanks!   #Bio60      

Brackish marsh in Palo Alto, CA, USA

  I visited the Baylands Preserve in Palo Alto today, with a group led by Manu Prakash. We found all kinds of cool critters in the mud and water, but my favorite spot was a sulfurous little puddle next to a sign for the Harriet Mundy marsh. In every drop there were multitudes of frolicking…

Worm from Pinnacles NP, California, USA

I imaged this cool little worm, which I found in some water collected from Pinnacles NP by Dr. Martha Cyert. I’m no wormologist, but based on the segmentation and biramous parapodia, it may be a polychaete. Like this (though mine was much smaller, only ~1 mm in length): Thanks to Manu Prakash for making these…

Ode to Spring

Note: Post and videos best viewed while listening to Spring by Antonio Vivaldi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFWQgxXM_b8). Spring has sprung and brought with it a bouquet of color. I plucked an innocuous white blossom and pink peach blossom from two trees, then viewed the petals under the Foldscope. I discovered that Spring’s most vivid and lush landscapes may in fact lie in the…

Organisms grown on Agar Brain

Hi everyone its interesting  finding that our children have prepared the Brain gel to study the brain structure, bending curves, softness and some more characters. They have kept the molded brain gel like that. Interestingly 2 days after they have got a fungus grown on the agar brain. students were surprised to see the fungus/ bacteria…

Foldscope Use Tips & Tricks

Hello Explorers! I had the privilege of meeting Manu Prakash today, who graciously helped me use my Foldscope. He shared with me some tips and tricks which I hope all of you will find useful as well! I will update this post as I learn more. Thank you to Manu for sharing this information with…

Spiruline

Some students from Morondava public high school visited the spiruline farm of Menabe. We observed and learned more about the spiral freshwater algae called spiruline. 

Copepod from a Plankton Drag

I found a marine copepod with my foldscope!  This little guy was collected from seawater from Monterey, California. On March 2nd, 2017, my Marine Ecological Systems class out of California State University, Monterey Bay,  took a field trip to perform a plankton tow. We arrived at the Monterey Breakwater at 3:30pm, a sunny and warm…

Ovary of Hibiscus rojasinesis plant

  Student{Mr. Praveen,7th class}  from  ZPHS gudupalli were very interested  to see the ovary of Hibiscus plant. it was very amazing to observe the ovules ,locules and vascular bundles.

chlorophyll observed in Guava leaf

students from 9th class were eager to learn chlorophyll structure and stomata cells . they prepared the slide and observed under the foldscope.

T.S. Of Black board Duster

When the students came to lab when they saw plant of tridax, they asked that with the help of tridax we are rubbing the slates and black board, but we didn’t saw how the internal stem look like? With the help of fold scope can you show me how it looks.

petal of hibiscuses plant

I had collected hibiscus flower petals.I placed little bit of petal on the slide and observed under foldscope.it is a wonder to me.because this is my first  experience of using foldscope thank you u sir.

Moong dal granules

I was interested to see the granules in pulses. I added iodine to the moong dal paste. then placed a drop of solution on the slide and focused under foldscope.i can see the the oval shape granules.

Microbes entry on Bahunia purpurea fruit

when our house keeping workers were collecting the dry fruits and leafs, they have observed that some black and brown patches on the fruit .they came to me and asked what is that ,i said it is an a microorganisms. they asked me to show. with the help of foldscope they had observed the microorganisms….

Possible Applications, Modifications, Improvements

When I first got my hands on the foldscope, I was blown away. It was one thing to see someone else using it, and to see the images they got from it, but it was a whole new experience seeing it happen for myself. It seems almost impossible that such as small, simple device could…

Saving the Ganga Lake

For the past 10 years, my grandfather, poet laureate G. Mend-Ooyo, has been rallying to protect and now save the Ganga lake, in his home province in Sukhbaatar, Mongolia. This lake is very near and dear to his heart, and to that of many other Mongolians. The lake is said to have been seeded by…

The Nomadic Scientist

Hello everyone! My name is Bilguudei (Billy) Naranbaatar. I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. I am also from Mongolia, a country that is almost entirely open steppe, and populated by a still nomadic people. One of my main goals in studying in the United States…