Sand crab

Test image of a sad crab slide made by a student at Intel ISEF outreach day!

வண்ணத்துப்பூச்சியின் இறகு

படத்தில் காணப்படும் வண்ணத்துப்பூச்சியின் மூன்று வண்ண பகுதியிலும் இருந்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட பவுடர் போன்ற பகுதியின் வடிவங்கள்தான் இவை. இவை கோதுமை அரிசி போன்று காணப்படுகின்றன. மேலும் வண்ணங்கள் நேரில் பார்ப்பதற்கும் நுண்ணோக்கியில் பார்ப்பதற்கும் வேறுபடுகின்றன.

Hoja-ma-care: A Diagnosis of a Sick Leaf, Part 1

Hello Foldscope community! I always find fascinating discoveries through the Foldscope, and it seems like it is something new every time. However, I wanted to put a new challenge to myself and bore down further into a single research question, to push the limits of how far I can go with Foldscope and other DIY/frugal science…

Water Beetle, California, USA

Manu Prakash and his lab members gave an amazing demonstration of Foldscope at the California Academy of Sciences last week. At this event, Manu trapped a water beetle from a sample of water taken from a nearby pond (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA). In the video, which is narrated by Manu, you can…

Insect larva before and after mounting in Karo

I brought home some pond water a couple of weeks ago, but in the summer heat, the water turned anaerobic (smelling of H2S) and I hastily took some of the smelly water and to my delight saw this larva. I think it is definitely some Dipteran species, although which one I am not sure. I love…

More ticks.. 

After my last find of a beautiful tick on a beach (an unusual place I had thought); I have been spotting ticks almost everywhere.  My last post about ticks is here:  How ticks come for a ride?  This time, I was enjoying a lazy afternoon with my kids in my own grass backyard (Glenn Canyon,…

Should I eat this strawberry? 

I hate when food goes to waste. Just as a philosophical point; it seems so much effort was made to bring it to my door; and for one reason or another – my family can not consume it. So when I see my strawberry with a small white patch growing, it’s worth asking a question…

Bloody lice

This morning ….I came across a small spider in the carpet ….which was struggling to move some dust ……well just finished my final exams yesterday…….. finally I can explore again. Sorry PETA the spider threatened me ,this is self protection and for science. The slide was ready in a min. fired up my phone cam,…

Fruit fly and me

Finally  I got some slides and a sample that I love so much, the fruit fly. I can almos say we are both looking at each other… and the details in the wing, all the veins and the bristles, this little hairs things, it is amazing. This is Guilherme Barbosa, a scientist in love with life….

How to Make an Inexpensive Microtome

Hi All, I’m making inexpensive microtomes to use with the foldscopes. Here are the items I used. You can use either an empty wooden or plastic thread spool. In order to have a surface on which to glue the nut and to have a firm cutting surface, glue a metal washer on each end of the plastic spool. The…

What’s Going on in Berkeley?

Found this little creature in Lake Anza in Tilden Park…trapped in a PVC well…imaging done with new focus-locking prototype of Foldscope, and specimen collected with various tools from the forthcoming Foldscope Deluxe Individual Kit (www.foldscope.com/order)…more details and methods to come…

Kellogg Biological Station

Last weekend a colleague of mine invited me to give a guest lecture for her summer class in evironmental and science writing at the Kellogg Biological Station. KBS is a research center built on the former estate of the Kellogg family (yes, the cereal people). It’s primary features are a campus of labs and greenhouses,…

Exploring Plants at Ropes Mansion (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

On May 27, 2017 the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum hosted a Foldscope and Origami Flower Workshop at the Ropes Mansion, one of the historic properties owned by the Museum. This 18th century property is home to a beautiful garden in which we host special programs periodically throughout the summer, and…

ஆவாரம் பூ மகரந்தம்

இது கோவை அவினாசியில் பதிவு செய்தது. அங்கே இருந்த ஆவாரம் பூவை எடுத்து அதன் மகரந்தத்தைப் பதிவு செய்தோம். 

Found Feather

My students caught me checking out a feather that I found over the weekend. Curiosity is contagious; I had a circle of students around me in moments.                     

Facial Tissue

        Two of my students chose to look at items under the Foldscope for their free time today. School’s almost over for the summer and they chose to do more science. I love it!

Mud

  Today the class collected anything they wanted from the area around our suburban elementary school. This is the mud that was collected, spread out in a well slide with water.                 

Foldscope Workshop with Curious school students

I am happy to share with you all that we Bhawna Sama, final year student of Biomedical Science, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Delhi University and my professor Dr Uma Chaudhry have been able to successfully complete a workshop at childrens’ book trust on 3rd June 2017.  Sharing some of the snapshots with the  Foldscope…

Foldscope at UTEC

Some months ago we contacted Prof. Manu Prakash because we wanted to use the foldscope in projects related with space exploration where the foldscope could be a very useful tool due to its weigth (it would cost far less to take a foldscope to the Moon or Mars than a regular microscope), and also to…