Delicioso encuentro

No era la primera vez que miraba a través de mi Foldscope pero sí era la primera vez que preparaba una muestra después de varios años de no hacerlo. El yogur que compré, hecho de manera tradicional en casa, estaba ahí a la espera porque de él obtendría una pequeña cepa de bacterias. La historia…

Congo-Bound Foldscopes

I’ve got 200 Foldscopes packed in my suitcases as I head to Congo this Thursday on a personal visit back to my Peace Corps village. Dr. Prakash tells me these are the first in Congo and I’m excited to help find the schools and teach the students how to use them. I know that for…

Aspergillus niger under the foldscope

Aspergillus niger is a fungus and one of the most common species of the genus Aspergillus. It causes a disease called “black mold” on certain fruits and vegetables such as grapes, apricots, onions, and peanuts, and is a common contaminant of food. It is ubiquitous in soil and is commonly reported from indoor environments, where…

Onion cells under the foldscope

An onion is made up of layers that are seperated by a thin membrane. For this experiment, the thin membrane will be used to observed the onion cells. It can be obtained by peeling it from any layer of the onion using tweezers.

Plant pot water full of life

Hey everyone, I’ve collected some water from the bottom plate of a plant pot to see what I would find there. I was completely blown away by the amount of things moving, and by the amazing diversity of species I could find. Their circling movements and erratic wiggling seemed like a dance to me! Unfortunately…

First Tardigrade found!

Hey everyone, I’ve found my first tardigrade today ! I found the little face he is making in this picture really funny. I made a video about him, in the end there is a creature I found while searching for the tardigrade that I can’t identify, If anyone is willing to give it a gess…

Cape Town Escapades with Foldscope!

To the many Foldscoping thrills ahead of me in Cape Town! If you were to tell me a year ago that I’d be in Cape Town for a quarter off my university studies, I probably would’ve looked left and right, then accepted my ignorance by saying “Uhh, what? Where exactly is Cape Town, and what’s…

Introducing Foldscope in my college’s annual festival

This time I wanted to take bigger step and organize for presenting the amazing Foldscope at crowded festival. Now after everything is done I am happily writing to you step by step the preparation for the festival, experience and lessons I learned. And of course about the festival it self. Happy reading 1) The Idea…

The Pocket Microscope

Outreach Programme on University of Kalyani Campus Between 7th and 9th of February 2019, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, conducted an Academic Festival 2019 for the first time on campus where academic stalls were raised from each Department of the University. Dr. Ekramul Islam along with his scholars was privileged to conduct an outreach programme…

Made another new friend!

Every observation I make under Foldscope leaves me with many questions and curiosities about Microorganisms.The First thing every time I want to know is the name. So the interesting part is just beginning because the discovery is not done yet! The journey of data collecting is endless because no one knows what you will find…

Blood inside a live louse’s abdomen – video

My first video recorded using foldscope. This is a video of a live louse. Its head, legs, and tentacles are clearly visible. It is incredible to see hairs of a louse. Amazed to see the mobility of the human blood inside its abdomen.

New explore posted on youtube

It was a breathtaking moment to see this thing alive! After many failures at the end, success was waiting for me. I need your help to name this amazing creature 🙂 Here are also some pictures I took during moving around the slide 🙂

Twinning programme on Foldscope Microscopy In Advance Teaching, Learning and Research

A one-day workshop cum hands-on training on, “Foldscope Microscopy In Advance Teaching, Learning and Research” was organized at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidyalaya (PDUAM), Eraligool, Assam, on 7th of March 2019 under Twinning Programme between Dr. Ekramul Islam, Principal investigator, Foldscope Project, Department of Microbiology, University of Kalyani, West Bengal and Dr. Biswajit Deb Roy,…

Journey of more public awarness about science.

Here at Knowledge Space -a maker place in Iraq, Kirkuk- we are very excited and happy to announce the start of promoting for science era.By the empowerment of Foldscope instruments, we put long term commitment to share this learning tool with public all over Iraq. And introduce Foldscope to people especially students. Officially we did…

Making new friends!

First ever large classroom Foldscope kit arrived Iraq. As my new journey is about to start with Foldscope community and within my city Kirkuk. I would like to say hello to everyone and looking forward to know you. After a couple of days, I will do a workshop for Foldscope introduction so I need your…

Parts of a cockroach- Anal cerci, wing and mouth

College : CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bengaluru Sample: Periplaneta americana (cockroach) Site of sample collection: CMR National PU College, ITPL Date of Collection: 19 February 2019 Date of Observation: 19 February 2019 Students involved: Navyaa Shah, A.S.Vidisha, Malavika Rajesh OBSERVATIONS: Different parts of the cockraoch body were viewed under the foldscope to produce clear and sharp…

Wiggly Water Bears

This charismatic creature is called a tardigrade (also known as a water bear). The scientific name for the animal shown here is Hypsibius exemplaris. These amazing animals were kindly provided to the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Embryology Class during Summer 2018 by Dr. Bob Goldstein from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Goldstein’s lab has turned these resilient…

Back to the Himalayas with Foldscope

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. I had planned another journey to the Himalayas for this year-end hoping to discover microorganisms and Tardigrade during the winter. I was planning to visit Kedarkantha in Uttarakhand, India. Unfortunately due to a…

Microalgal cell Microalgal cell with hyphae.Mixed microlgal cells. Microalgal cell with hyphae from another microscopic field.

What’s this? (Hint: It’s a vegetable.)

We did a Foldscope workshop in Yokohama, Japan. A 12 year old girl brought a sample from her kitchen. What do you think this is? 横浜でフォールドスコープのワークショップを開催しました。 12歳(小学6年生)の女の子が、キッチンからサンプルをもってきてくれましたよ! これは何でしょう? ヒントは、野菜です。 The answer is… celery! セロリ でした! Thank you! Sayaka

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Rumen protozoa stained with Lugol’s Iodine

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscope for diagnosis of Rumen acidosis and Parasitic infections in cattle.” Rumen fluid was collected from an healthy cow and stained with Lugol’s iodine, a dye mainly used to stain and visualize the skeletal plates in protozoa.

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 08

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… Step right up Folks…. See the infamous Water bears that can survive extreme conditions… Finally one of them caught in the act too… Tardigrade in a circus act… Just look at…