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…

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…

Foldscope Day 5: A Water Flea from Hauz Khas, Delhi

After many attempts at imaging life in pond water, I finally chanced upon a tiny swimming creature. Thanks for all your helpful tips, which really came in handy. Here’s a video of what I saw: I was super excited to see this (you can probably hear that in my voice). I posted a quick video on twitter and…

First Attempt at a Foldscope

This was my first attempt at a foldscope. Viewed a drop of water collected from a pond in Guwahati, India. Any idea what that larva-like organism might be?

DIY FoldScope

While I was waiting for my FoldScope to get here, I made one for myself.  I found a picture on the foldscope site and printed it out on cardstock.  I skipped adding the back section and just held it up to the light to use it.  The lens was the only harder to get part…

What can we learn from microbes?

Believe it or not, life does not end where our vision does. In fact, life goes deeper and gets smaller than one could ever imagine! A single drop of water has innumerable unique, diverse, creepy, yet amazing organisms. When we look at a drop of water, we do not see the tiny life forms within,…

Children Want to Know: Water

Got the Foldscope, today! The kids were very excited to find an answer to their very first question. In June, we moved to an area where the public water supply has been designated as unfit for human consumption. They wanted to know why. 20 minutes after opening the package, they had their answer. The area’s…