“I Want to Play ‘Science’.”

On July 19 at Eternacon 2019, Manu Prakash and Rebecca Konte gave a wonderful demonstration of the Foldscope to the participants of the annual conference of the citizen scientist game Eterna. Rebecca provided two Foldscopes to me to give to my ex-husband and his 6-year-old son. Here I will relay what it was like to…

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

Aloe vera

T.S of Aloe Vera I was studying and suddenly I wanted to explore my newly bought foldscope. So, I made a thin section of Aloe Vera and observed these images.

K562 (Leukemia) cells

20ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 20ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 40ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 40ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 60ul of Leukemia cells under Microscope 60ul of Leukemia cells under Foldscope 20ul of HELA cells under Microscope 20ul of HELA cells under Foldscope 40ul of HELA cells under Microscope 40ul...

The all-engulfing Sun: Experiments with the heliozoan Actinosphaerium

Actinosphaerium, also called a helizoan or sun-animalcule, belongs to the SAR- (Stramenopile-Alveolate-Rhizaria) branch of the eukaryotic tree. Recent phylogenetic analyses suggest that they are closer to haptophytes in the tree of life [To access a formal study on the matter, click here]. These “Sun-shaped” eukaryotes have stiff needle-like pseudopodia (also called axopods/axopodia) that surround their…

Narrating a live foldscope session together!

I have always enjoyed live narration in sports – such as soccer or cricket. Something about sharing our emotions at the moment as a testament of how we really feel. During Christmas, I get to hang out with my 4 and 8 year old nephews. Here is what happened in the 7 minutes we filmed…

Worlds most beautiful animal you have never seen before!

Every animal (and single cell) in its own right is beautiful because of the delicate balance between animate and in-animate matter it maintains. Life itself is a thing incredible beauty and joy. But this Christmas; I want to introduce you to “officially” the worlds most beautiful animal you might have never seen! Of course I…

A Rotifer

I was looking for tardigrads in moss and I found this creature.

A workshop was organised with the Girl Students of Udaan, which is an initiative of Rotary Club of Elite Balangir on 22nd December 2019. The students are basically from deprived families without the basic facilities of education. The Students learned the process of assembly and application of the Foldscope. It was really exciting and inspiring…

அந்துப் பூச்சியின் செதில்கள்.

காலையில் பேப்பர் படித்துக் கொண்டிருந்த போது தரையில் அந்துபூச்சி கிடந்தது. அதன் இறகில் உள்ள செதில்களை பார்க்கலாம் என்று மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியில் வைத்துப் பார்த்து பதிவு செய்தோம்.

Science engagement is new hope!

Congratulations Foldscope India for reaching a new milestone by training 100,000 kids. I am super proud of this amazing news. What an achievement! Very inspiring for Foldscope Iraq as an emerging movement. Your efforts are pushing us to do a lot more.Please read more for our vision (What, How and Why we do)… Thanks, Mo…

Speed Identification of Food Microbes: Foldscope way forward

UMA CHAUDHRY. A one day workshop on foldscope was conducted by the Department of Biomedical Science of Acharya Narendra Dev College, in collaboration with Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences University of Delhi under the aegis of DBT, star college scheme. The main idea of the workshop was to popularize the paper microscope which offers wide…