Section of a feather

'While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.' this is exactly what I thought when my partner and I put a few strands of a feather under the foldscope along with my other friends from CMRNPUC ITPL. You could see the smallest of details ,things you didn't know before ....

Epidermis of a Croton leaf

I, along with my fellow students of CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore, observed the epidermis of a Croton leaf on 8th June, 2018. The leaf used for the observation was that of a croton found in my garden. Care was taken to ensure that we use the epidermis from the part of the…

Section of Lotus Root

On 8th June, 2018, I, along with my fellow students of CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore, observed a section of a lotus root under the foldscope. The root was obtained from a lotus plant growing in pond near my home.  On seeing the root without any aid, the root appeared spongy. When we…

Mosquito’s Part of Body captured through Foldscope

Once again Ahaha Moment !! We at Media Research Forum, Madurai captured Mosquito’s parts of Body using our Foldscope. You can clearly see the Proboscis part, Head, Legs, vines and Abdomen parts here. Our main aim of this project is to popularize biological science among general public. In specific we wish to visualize Pathogenic agents…

Zebrafish Embryo

Trying to observe the embryonic development of Zebrafish. WOW! Need to standardize the method to keep them alive in the medium to observe using foldscope

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…

When a copepod smiles back at you..

A few friends and I have been going back and forth to San Francisco Bay; in the hope of starting larger scale sampling of the bay right here. After a few disappointing starts where we seemed to just get sand and silt (churned by the large ships bringing things into the port); we are now…

Moss

Hello, I took a piece of Moss and observed t under my foldscope. This is my first foldscope upload and am looking forward for more and better results

Foldscoping in Copenhagen – part 2

I am spending two days in Copenhagen – and it’s such a wonderful feeling to see nature integrated in the city. I don’t have to go too far to find natural ecosystems that are not perturbed. Right outside the house; I found a little pond; and here is a Facebook live video of the activity….

Mosquito’s body through foldscope 2.0

  Hi this is Varun from chennai, India I’m  14years old and I’m studying in the 10th grade, this is the mosquito’s body through the foldscope v2.0. In another mosquito I saw a blue line kind of thing I thought it is blood and may I know what are those black spots, if anyone knows what…

Manu Prakash demonstrating time lapse with foldscope

The video presents Manu Prakash demonstrating how to capture time-lapse using foldscope and a smartphone.  The audio is clear enough to understand the trick used.     The outcome of the activity is presented in this video posted by Manu Prakash:

Mystery of floating jelly balls

I am at Woods Hole this week; and just amazed with the biodiversity in the coastal environments around here. I took a stroll around Wood neck beach, with my 6 year old nephew who just got his first plankton tow. The ocean is connected with a little stream and a current passes back and forth….

Drosophila Melanogaster

Drosophila Melanogaster Wing, wild type Drosophila Melanogaster head, eye, proboscis wild type Drosophila Melanogaster Wing wild type

Mouse Intestine!

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Onion Cells

I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an initial Beta tester for the Foldscope project.  I have two daughters who love science and I had been contemplating buying them a microscope when I first heard about the project.  I can’t describe how how excited I was to receive our Foldscope package in the mail. …

Queen Ant wings

  A few days back ,I saw ants near the door and an insect with wings that  i belive  the Queen ant (motionless). Then I saw that the wings were different there were colourless patches in some area . First time in my life I wilfully plucked a wing ,gave me chills though it was…

First fun photos from Foldscope!

        I’m so excited to play with a foldscope. I’ve been hooked on the microscopic world since first looking through a scope in 5th grade. As a kid, I’ll never forget asking Santa for a microscope and getting this horrid, plastic thing that didn’t work. Later, my parents both me a used…

Need help identifying an organism? iNaturalist may help.

I love finding new critters with my Foldscope. I love even more being able to name the new critters I find as a name allows me to search the internet and learn so much more about the organism. As humans we love to name stuff as it informs our imagination as much as it does…

Polychaete from Lake Merritt

I love Lake Merritt in Oakland and its the reason over 10 years ago that I decided to stay is the decidedly urban environment. It also happens to be ground zero for the study of Marine Invasive species. A high school kid at the time by the name of James Carlton in 1962 was curious…

Protozoan parasitizing a mosquito larva ?

The Sierra Nevada of California right now is blooming. The hills are brushed in the purple, golds and yellows of the California floral palette and beneath the old firs massive bolete mushrooms are pushing up through the duff, nearly asking to find themselves on a dinner plate. Water is abundant and where it has pooled,…

Image Composites – starfish

Some critters I want to look at are just bigger than the lower magnification lens can handle, so taking a tip from Tom Hata’s post https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=10552 I decided to try my hand at stitching together a series of images in GIMP that were taken with the Foldscope. I went after a 3 mm brittle star…

Fun with Fungi

In North America fungi are a mess, taxanomically speaking. Many fungi that look similar to ones found in Europe inherited the same scientific names and this is partly because beyond the fruiting body (mushroom), fungi are pretty hard to get a good look at. A fair number of attributes that are used to discriminate between…

Mosquito larva ?

I just assembled my Foldscope two nights ago and because of work hadn’t had a chance to go in the field and find something, so I decided to look at what might be growing in a bath water recycling system I have on my porch. I was expecting to find the usual suspects that I…

A simple microfluidic device and time lapse imaging of embryonic stem cells

One thing that is overlooked in our general understanding of cell biology is how dynamic everything is. During school, you are taught that cells are a tiny round blobs full of even tinier factories performing various pre-defined functions. These cells are each of a certain type and shape and combine to form greater structures that…

Hair-like structures inside Carnivorous Plants

Purpose To find structures that carnivorous plants may use to trap and kill insects.   Problem I don´t know what structures do carnivorous plants use to trap and kill insects.   Hypothesis If I use a Foldscope to see the inside of a carnivorous plant, then I will be able to find structures that carnivorous…