Foldscope live demo of living organism

I had the opportunity last week to present in front of few dozen industrial scientists visiting stanford. The catch was I only had less than 10 minutes! If I had to share one way that the foldscope really has changed the way I think about life : I’d choose the fact that it provides a […]

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Exploring the human microcosmos: Part 3- Dead on arrival – Pus under the scope

We’ve all encountered pus on our bodies at one point on another. It usually occurs at a site of inflammation. It’s a whitish-yellow, viscous liquid. So what’s inside the pus liquid? Let’s find out. Here’s a slide with a sample of pus. Here’s a first look under the scope. All those tiny cells are dead […]

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Exploring the human microcosmos: Part 2- Hunt for white blood cells

This is a second part of exploring what lies in our bodies using the foldscope. Apart from the obvious utility in seeing what we’re made off, I also think this is a useful collection of experiments that you can use at any place or time for a quick foldscope demonstration. The last experiment was with┬ácheek […]

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Exploring the human microcosmos: Part 1- Cheek cells

It’s always fun to revisit simple experiments and test it out with the foldscope. In this post, I wanted to see my own cheek cells. Now, if you search on the microcosmos website, you’ll come across many posts on cheek cells, but I hope to share one interesting insight, making the case that it’s worthwhile […]

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