Caught in a Spider’s Web Bio60_2018

Hi guys! Today, I made a cool discovery. I was walking outside and found this spider’s web, covered in flies. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to collect a sample to examine under my Foldscope . Methods: I took a sample of the web by collecting it on my fingers before transporting it…

Man-made vs. Natural: fabric and flower petal Bio60_2018

Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to compare man-made materials and natural materials under my Foldscope. My hypothesis was that man-made materials would tend to be regular and homogenous because regular, even patterns in fabrics, for example, are often a design goal. I further hypothesized that natural materials, however, would have more organic forms and might…

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…