Archive | 2015

Incredible micro-hairs on a bee wing (foldscope)

I observed incredible micro-hairs on a honey bee’s wings. Why do they form such a strange curving pattern on the edge? Is it to shed vortices? Puzzling, but fascinating..  

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What’s the go of it? – James Clerk Maxwell

Recently read this book on a flight. It’s a very quick read. What struck me especially was how he built an ‘imaginary’ mechanical model to explain electromagnetic results, that ultimately led to the famous maxwell equations. I took a snapshot of a page that I particularly liked. This is something that strikes a personal chord […]

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Compound lens of a grasshopper

  I made another video during my trip to the Patek lab at Duke. The lab-members there had caught these grasshopper behind in their backyard. During our conversations (~1 h), the grasshoppers molted. So, we brought them along when we went to a bar for drinks, and I made the a foldscope video (with Manu’s […]

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Imaging live mosquito larvae with a foldscope

In one of my second posts on the microcosmos website, I explored mosquito larvae. Malaria is the most deadly disease affecting millions of people around the world. You can see the image above is from manu’s recent presentation at national geographic (it’s a really powerful and inspiring talk. and you should go watch it now […]

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