Water currents in the microcosmos

Watching different water samples under the Foldscope, I was fascinated by the variety of constantly active minute organisms, each with their unique ways of capturing food. Their feeding process, driven by tiny cilia, creates competing water currents on a single glass slide. Each minute animal makes its own whirlpool to suck food into its mouth…

How does an N95 mask protect against pathogens?

The mask is composed of 4 layers, the bottom being the layer most exposed to external environments. They are bonded together on the exterior. Inner layers are often treated with metal ions which interact with viral particles to trap them inside. These masks are rated to trap most particles (95%) that are larger than 300µm….

Trichome Spree #1

Dear All, Hope you are doing good! I don’t know how to start this post without addressing the elephant in the room – the tiny corona virus that has lead to a pandemic of the COVID-19 infection. A lot of us are either self isolated, have someone who is in isolation or are just worried…

Hibiscus Stem (Dicot) under-Foldscope and Compound microscope.

Growth in plants occurs in two ways: primary and secondary. Primary growth causes the plant to grow in length, both below and above the ground, due to the apical meristems that are actively dividing into these regions. Secondary growth causes the plant to grow in width due to the presence of lateral meristems or cambium layer which actively…

Schools closed; kids staying home.. Foldscope on!

By now, everybody knows about the pandemic that has sweeped the world – Convid-19, a viral infection that is spreading like wild fire. While these are trying times and we all must do our part to #flattenthecurve – stay at home and isolate yourself as much as possible – you don’t have to stop exploring….

An afternoon with my daughter in the garden

It have been since a while that I did have a foldscope to my daughter… but yes giving such a tool to a 4 year old girl was maybe a little premature and after a first interest get less interested by it (well she got troubles preparing and manipulating it)… But now she is now…

Foldscope – My School Project

I turned my passion for the microcosmos and foldscope, into a meaningful project that I was required to submit for my practical examination at school. I have used to project to as such form a scrapbook of the different specimens I have observed and their short description. I would love to receive feedback from the…

#Bladderwort

The fastest carnivorous plant, fondly called as Bladderwort belong to “Utricularia sp.,” from Cape Town, South Africa. Sample preparation by Manu Prakash. #Gratitude post ~ it was a great honor to have worked with this great scientist.

My Iphone-foldscope hack

Good day everyone  I want to share my IPhones-foldscope hack with you today. Most apple users has found that there is an extreme, sometimes violent shaking or vibration created when using the magnetic couplers to connect your iPhone and your foldscope. This is due to the fact that the iPhones camera polarization is in the…

Microfauna around lichens

My friend Chandrika brought me a sample of these beautiful lichens  from Bangalore, with the hope of finding Tardigrades in them. We soaked one of the samples in RO water. After 5-6 hours, with great enthusiasm I started to hunt for tardigrades but no luck! In every single sample I observed, that very familiar guest…

Study of floral parts

College name- CMR National PU college, ITPL, Bangalore Sample name- Ajwain(Carom) flower, Basil flower Sample collection- Potted plant at home on 9th March 2020, collected by Kruti Pandya It has always been fascinating to obesrve floral parts under foldscope. Foldscope research was integrated for the study of microsporangia and megasporangia in Angiosperms in II PU(grade…

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Hello :) I am a New User – Africa Coffee Anna

Hello Foldscope community My name is Anna Kim from currently working in Coffee Sector in Rwanda, D.R Congo, Ethiopia, and Burundi. I am so excited to use foldscope in Coffee sectors and will share some results here. I have zero background in Science stuff but let’s see how we can find something and use this…