Viewing black cumin “infested with pests” using Foldscope

Black cumin is an Indian spice, which was found infested with some kind of pests. A pest was captured and viewed under Foldscope. The closer view helped us to identify the insect as “Cigerrette bettle” (Lasioderma serricorne) (Source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/cigarette_beetle.htm). With the help of Foldscope, we were able to study the insect much closely and also viewed…

Foldscope used in IMSc Outreach Programme Summer School Students Workshop 2018

I am Sandhiya.S, studying 10th Standard in Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mogappair, Chennai 600037. I am undergoing Summer School Students Workshop 2018 at Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.  #imscsssw2018  (https://www.imsc.res.in/). I was trained to use foldscope and with the help of it, I took the following samples. I am very excited to study the…

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…

Butterfly scales through the lens of a Foldscope

I was really excited to receive a new Foldscope kit recently, and after corresponding with Manu online, we agreed that butterfly scales represent a nice project that others can easily get involved with! Here are some previous posts on the subject: https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=10080, & https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=16562 Here’s magnification of a butterfly eyespot and through the lens of a #Foldscope below,…

First Experiments with Foldscope

Today was my first attempt at using the foldscope to visualize scale structures, and overall I would consider it a success! Because most of my recent experiments have been focusing on Vanessa cardui, the painted lady butterfly, that was the species I began with. Putting together the foldscope I found the design quite clever and…

Drosophila Melanogaster

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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. …

Foldscope Workshop in the Peruvian Amazon

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a Tropical Entomology course in the Peruvian Amazon over winter break (this was through an organization called Field Projects International https://fieldprojects.org). Thanks to Manu and the Foldscope team, I was able to bring down several Foldscope units for my students. In addition to teaching them about topics ranging from ecology to…

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…

Foldscope Findings!

                  Foldscope Findings!                                By Joseph Alejandre and Charlie Ortega          Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a blast looking at things under a microscope! We have too, and we’re excited to share our findings with you! We are 8th graders attending Loyola Academy, which is dedicated to the teachings of biological science.  This led…

Foldscope at Hackaton

  A couple of days ago I attended a Hackaton in Mendoza, Argentina. The main objective of it was to tell everyone what the Foldscope is and its possibilities. A lot of people were interested on the device. After talking a lot, we came up with the idea of an automatical image taking machine. So, we…

Microfluidics: a primer

This post is going up a little before I’d like, in that I’ve made a few steps towards a tool for the Foldscope, but the tool isn’t easy to use or refined yet.  A teacher I work with outside of Denver, Colorado that does an amazing job of letting students really taste whats its like…

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park pond critters

On July 10th I met up with Christian Schwarz and Tony Iwane at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park in Santa Cruz County, CA to do a dry run of what we might find if we did a public event for the community around the microscopic world of the park. The Park itself has some interesting biology…

Brine Shrimp in SF Bay

First time using the WordPress app: On my way back from helping a high school in Menlo Park with SDS-PAGE gel imaging I stopped off at Bedwell Bay Front Park to check out some of the salt ponds. The super salty ponds didn’t have any obvious signs of life but I did find a pond…

Surveying store supplements

Algae based supplements have become relatively common in the American market over the past 10 years and I’ve always been curious to assess 1) Is the organism on the label the same in the container? 2) Is the organism on the label the only organism in the container.  At Wholefoods in Berkeley I purchased the…

Diatoms of Clear Lake, CA

I recently went to my brothers graduation in Chico and on the way home took a little detour to visit Clear Lake, California, hypothesized to be one of the oldest lakes in North America at 480,000 years old according to USGS. The lake is teaming with life and in the summer gets deep green with…

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…

Fungus on a fly

Today while trying to do emails at home with the windows open I had a fly buzzing around and I gave swipe at it which in most cases does nothing but move the fly out of my general space for a few minutes, but today my flailing finger actually made contact with the insect. I…

Using the Foldscope as a Cervical Cancer diagnosis tool

Yesterday we came to Stanford to start working on out on the implementation of the Foldscope as a Cervical Cancer diagnostic tool. Jeel exposed a conference about how to detect Cervical Cancer and we answered questions from the team. He also presented the Eco-Pap. The Eco-Pap allowed the diagnosis of cervical cancer with an environmental performance,…

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,…