Tarragon Spice (Bio60_2018)

Adding to my collection of spices, I decided to write a post about Tarragon which is a rather unnoticed, unknown, but distinct spice. My last post focused on using a dry mount for a dried product, however,  tarragon was flat enough to be used with a wet mount to produce rather satisfying results.   Since…

Flower peeling

This is a photograph of a thin layer of a pink flower petal.

EmergenC Powder

For my second Foldscope post, I decided to examine Vitamin C powder! This powder has come in handy for me numerous times, so I thought I’d get a closer look at what it’s actually made of. The sample was procured from a package of EmergenC powder at Target. As expected, I noticed numerous small dots,…

Warm-Colored Flowers!

This week, as I was biking around campus, I noticed that flowers of many colors were starting to bloom! I was intrigued as to whether certain pigments would appear better in the foldscope and which types of petals had the most complexity.  Unfortunately I had some difficulty viewing some of the other flowers I had collected…

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…

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…

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…

Very active organism from pond water!

It was tough keeping track of this one, but super exciting! This is pond water; lots of cool stuff lives in there. The smell was worth it! Any ideas on what this (or what it runs into at 0:04) is?