A Blade of Grass (BIO60_2018)

Nature abounds at Stanford. Outside the Gilbert Biology Building, for instance, is a bush of grass strands. I was curious what the inside of grass looks like. After plucking a strand out of a bush, we sliced it thinly with a razor so that we could examine its insides. The process of preparing the grass…

Cooked Hoki Fish (Bio60_2018)

In this photo is a prepared wet slide with cooked Hoki Fish from the dining hall here at Stanford. What was fascinating while looking into the Foldscope was that you could see what seemed to be the water coursing through the organism. I could be mistaken but there was movement happening within the fish in…

Wristwatch Allergy – Bio60_2018

I wear a waterproof watch, which happens to contain nickel. I am slightly allergic to nickel, but I refuse to give up wearing the watch, so I always have a bit of contact dermatitis on my wrist. To me, it’s not a big deal. If anything, a little gross when I take my watch off…

Banana Peel Scraping (Bio60_2018)

It’s a food that many of us eat every morning, yet most of us probably have not thought about what lies within that characteristic yellow peel at a microscopic level. I collected this specimen by scraping off the inside of a banana peel that was sitting in the top of the trash can in my…

Hair Strand– Bio60_2018

I am about to go get my haircut as it is getting overly long, but when messing around with my Foldscope I decided to pluck a strand and see if I could observe any overt damage. This strand was pulled February 12th, 2018 and was placed on a paper slide with the clear stickers then examined…

Rosemary Flower Petal: Bio60_2018

This is a rosemary flower petal found in the garden just outside my dorm. I picked a flower, removed a petal, and framed it in a foldscope paper slide.

Dried blood and exudate – “scab”

Being a hockey player we often get turf burn and wounds across our elbow and knees. I decided to pick at a small scab on by elbow (gross, I know!) and examine it under my Foldscope on the 10th of February, 2018.  Bio60_2018

My dyed hair

This perfectly-shaped rod-like structure is a strand of my hair. As I used box dye to dye my own hair light brown in November, I was curious to see what my hair looked like in the Foldscope 3 months later. I cut part of one strand off, and made a wet mount. Many people warn…

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…

Exploring a Slime Mold-2: Tracks outside and within

Continuing from my previous post, you can imagine that all my free time is spent trying to do as much with the slime mold. By now I am quite certain that this is some kind of Fulgio species (perhaps Fulgio septica). However,one needs to really look for several traits before deciding the species, and so…

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,…

Cephalocereus senilis – the Old Man Cactus

This sample was taken type of cactus called the Old Man Opuntia Cactus, which is a furry, slender cactus. Its name comes from the fact that the shaggy coat of long white hairs on the cactus resembles that of an old man.  I collected the sample at the Arizona Garden on campus, which has a…

Comparison of Human Hair

My roommate and I have pretty different types of hair: mine is long and straight while hers is short and curly. I was interested in seeing what they looked like up close and if we would be able to see any huge differences using the foldscope. I mounted my hair on one end of the…

Particles in Yogi Lemon Ginger tea water

My sample was taken from the leftover water and dregs from a cup of Yogi Lemon Ginger tea that I had been drinking. To collect the sample, I poured some of the water on the slide and placed a cover slip over it. When looking into the foldscope, I was interested to see the variety…

Flower Petal Cells

I was sitting in the courtyard of my dorm doing homework and I noticed some of the first flower blossoms of the year. I picked one of the flowers off the tree in the afternoon of February 9, 2018 and immediately took it to my foldscope. I prepared the slide by cutting a small piece…

Cells of mimosa pudica

When the students are walking around the ground they saw some plants. in that mimosa pudica is the eye capturing for them why because when they touch the leaves are closed. they played for some time they they asked the students that what we can see in this leaf differently, so that the leaves are…

Very Curly Human Hair!

For my very first Foldscope posting, I decided to examine a piece of my very curly hair! So much of it comes out on my brush (yikes) that I thought I’d take a strand and see what it really looks like up close. I initially had trouble seeing it in the Foldscope, but with some…

Two Types of Salt Crystals

Students who are first learning how to use a microscope as part of an introductory science class often view salt or sugar crystals with the instrument–it’s a great and harmless way to introduce them to the microscopic world. Unfortunately, despite having worked with microscopes before I had yet to view salt crystals under one with…

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…

Foldscopes to donate

Hello all. I ordered the 20 piece kit thinking I could donate them to my daughter’s kindergarten class, but it’s a bit too mature for them. I’ll be traveling to South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town) and can donate 15 foldscopes. If anyone’s interested, please let me know .

Flower Petal

I created a slide with a pink flower petal that was growing outside and used Foldscope to view it in closer detail. This picture was taken using a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone. I was fascinated by how easy it was to use Foldscope and more importantly, how similar it was to using the large standard…

Cells in different leaves

Today In Agastya we had seen the plant cells present in leafs . we had seen the different types of leaves like croton,touch me not plant,guava leaf,uttereni,. we felt very happy to see this cells which are not visible to our naked eyes, thank you agastya for showing this type of things, thank you foldscope….

Gilroy Workshop Fun!

Yesterday I attended a wonderful Foldscope workshop in Gilroy, California! Alongside a great group of educators, I was able to practice my Foldscoping skills. Here are some sights collected from a mysterious bucket of pond water… Excited to practice, practice, practice and explore more soon! 🙂 -Rebecca

Gilroy crew

Attended the fold scope training today!  Loved it!  And I especially love the philosophy behind it!  I am excited to use this with my students.  We plan on using middle school students to peer tutor our 5th graders to assemble the fold scopes and do some observations!  Love, love, love!!!!

Test

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