Silt from the Palo Alto Baylands

One of my wonderful teachers had trekked out into the Palo Alto Baylands and collected a silt sample for us to examine in class. After straining the silica out of the sample and preparing a slide, I inserted the slide, attached the light to the backside and used a coupler to center my phone over…

Bacteria Sample

In our age of technology, the use of smart phones has skyrocketed, but at what cost. We set our phones down anywhere and touch them constantly no matter what we had touched before. To see how dirty our phones really are, I swabbed the face of my iPhone and cultured the sample on agar. After…

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,…