Gaining a Deeper Insight into Human Hair

While I am very appreciative of all of the genes that my mother and father passed down to me, I am especially appreciative of their characteristics for thick and no-maintenance-required hair. I decided to observe a sample of my own hair with my Foldscope. Under the Foldscope, I saw that my hair is very straight…

Allium sativum: Delicious and Pungent

Every other week, our dorm kitchen manager chastises us on the stinky state of our kitchenette.  As someone with little culinary expertise, I rely solely on the efforts of the dining hall chefs for nourishment and nutrition, and have never stepped into the mysterious enigma that is our kitchenette. One day, driven by curiosity (and…

Exploring an Important Player of Angiosperm Pollination

Stumbling into my dorm at midnight after a long day of classes and meetings, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a new bouquet of flowers on the table. Noticing that the bouquet of flowers included some pink lilies, I decided to take a sample of pollen and observe it under my Foldscope. Using…

Exploring Nature on a Lazy Saturday Afternoon

On Saturday, Stanford University was blessed with another beautiful day of sunshine, blue skies, and enviable 70 degree weather. Naturally, like any college student with essays to write and problem sets to solve, I decided to sprawl outside in the grass and forego my aforementioned responsibilities. While basking under the sun, I noticed these tiny…