Exploring a Slime Mold-2: Tracks outside and within

Continuing from my previous post, you can imagine that all my free time is spent trying to do as much with the slime mold. By now I am quite certain that this is some kind of Fulgio species (perhaps Fulgio septica). However,one needs to really look for several traits before deciding the species, and so…

The Face of a Spider

Curious about insects under the microscope, I captured a small house spider (light brown in coloration) and placed it on a glass slide with a drop of water. To prevent crushing it, I placed three layers of double sided tape around the specimen before laying down the glass cover. Under the slide, I eventually followed…

Penicillium camemberti: The Rind of Brie

As a cheese lover, I’ve always wondered what comprises the white rind of brie. I used my tweezers to gently remove a spot of the airy white substance and placed it on a simple glass slide (no water). Under inspection, one can see the thin filaments of Penicillium camemberti, a fungus cheesemakers mix with camembert, brie,…

Cephalocereus senilis – the Old Man Cactus

This sample was taken type of cactus called the Old Man Opuntia Cactus, which is a furry, slender cactus. Its name comes from the fact that the shaggy coat of long white hairs on the cactus resembles that of an old man.  I collected the sample at the Arizona Garden on campus, which has a…

Comparison of Human Hair

My roommate and I have pretty different types of hair: mine is long and straight while hers is short and curly. I was interested in seeing what they looked like up close and if we would be able to see any huge differences using the foldscope. I mounted my hair on one end of the…

Particles in Yogi Lemon Ginger tea water

My sample was taken from the leftover water and dregs from a cup of Yogi Lemon Ginger tea that I had been drinking. To collect the sample, I poured some of the water on the slide and placed a cover slip over it. When looking into the foldscope, I was interested to see the variety…

Flower Petal Cells

I was sitting in the courtyard of my dorm doing homework and I noticed some of the first flower blossoms of the year. I picked one of the flowers off the tree in the afternoon of February 9, 2018 and immediately took it to my foldscope. I prepared the slide by cutting a small piece…

Cells of mimosa pudica

When the students are walking around the ground they saw some plants. in that mimosa pudica is the eye capturing for them why because when they touch the leaves are closed. they played for some time they they asked the students that what we can see in this leaf differently, so that the leaves are…

Very Curly Human Hair!

For my very first Foldscope posting, I decided to examine a piece of my very curly hair! So much of it comes out on my brush (yikes) that I thought I’d take a strand and see what it really looks like up close. I initially had trouble seeing it in the Foldscope, but with some…

Two Types of Salt Crystals

Students who are first learning how to use a microscope as part of an introductory science class often view salt or sugar crystals with the instrument–it’s a great and harmless way to introduce them to the microscopic world. Unfortunately, despite having worked with microscopes before I had yet to view salt crystals under one with…

Fluffy Seed Pod Bio60_2018

Hello fellow explorers of the microcosmos! Today, I observed the fluff of this seed pod under the foldscope. I was struck by the beauty of the iridescent microscopic structure. It almost looks like a miniature forest or thicket of brush. The seed pod pictured in these images had been collected and dried some weeks in…

Foldscopes to donate

Hello all. I ordered the 20 piece kit thinking I could donate them to my daughter’s kindergarten class, but it’s a bit too mature for them. I’ll be traveling to South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town) and can donate 15 foldscopes. If anyone’s interested, please let me know .

Flower Petal

I created a slide with a pink flower petal that was growing outside and used Foldscope to view it in closer detail. This picture was taken using a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone. I was fascinated by how easy it was to use Foldscope and more importantly, how similar it was to using the large standard…

Cells in different leaves

Today In Agastya we had seen the plant cells present in leafs . we had seen the different types of leaves like croton,touch me not plant,guava leaf,uttereni,. we felt very happy to see this cells which are not visible to our naked eyes, thank you agastya for showing this type of things, thank you foldscope….

Gilroy Workshop Fun!

Yesterday I attended a wonderful Foldscope workshop in Gilroy, California! Alongside a great group of educators, I was able to practice my Foldscoping skills. Here are some sights collected from a mysterious bucket of pond water… Excited to practice, practice, practice and explore more soon! 🙂 -Rebecca

Gilroy crew

Attended the fold scope training today!  Loved it!  And I especially love the philosophy behind it!  I am excited to use this with my students.  We plan on using middle school students to peer tutor our 5th graders to assemble the fold scopes and do some observations!  Love, love, love!!!!

Test

This is a gilroy test!

Plant leaves up close and cellular

Last winter break I volunteered to catsit my neighbor’s Maine coon and water the plants in the apartment. I could not resist exploring the indoor garden with my foldscope! Here the cells from a leaf of Purple Heart/wandering Jew plant appear like purple and green gems: Here’s a kaleidoscope of colored leaf cells from a…

Creature Eating Dead Spider

I was looking at a dead daddy long legs spider found in a cobweb, and discovered this creature eating it.

Polarized light foldscopy

I finally got myself a polarizing film. By this I can now polarize the light falling on the sample by placing the film between the light source and the sample and further by placing another film between the lens and the eye/camera I can block the same polarized light so that only light whose polarization…

Marine Conservation & Education

Hi Everyone, I just received my Foldscopes in the Philippines. I will be working with educators and other non-profits to bring Foldscopes to kids here. My focus is on fishing communities so I am grateful for all of the ideas I find in the Microcosmos for marine-related subjects and low/no-cost projects. I look forward to…

Examining Fabric

I wanted to view a man-made object with the Foldscope, so I cut out a piece of a dyed sock made of woven fabric and mounted it on a slide. I used my iPhone SE to photograph the sample. I was fascinated by how clear the individual threads appeared under a microscope since they look…

Posting from WordPress app

I often find it difficult to transfer data; so I use “WordPress” app to directly make posts on foldscope site. Give it a try. It’s easy to setup – download WordPress from App Store – link the site “microcosms.foldscope.com” Cheers Fabian

Gaseous exchange through stomata cell

My self  Varalakshmi. Iam very curiosity to learn about stomata cells in rheo plant through foldscope.It was very easy to handle and attractive one.    

cells in the beet root

my self iam prasanth from ZPHS. Kenumakulapalli.Iam very interested to see the different cells in vegetables like beet root under foldscope.Iam very happy because this is the first time iam handling foldscope and even observing cells under foldscope.Thank you Agastya and Manu sir.