Hello Fellow Foldscopers!

In case you haven’t visited Microcosmos in a while, you might have noticed some new changes to the website!  We updated the theme, added some content, and hopefully made posting easier.  We are also now able to assign DOI’s (digital object identifiers) to each post so that your Microcosmos post can be cited in scientific…

Microscopic Photography Tricks: Side-lighting

Photographers have amazing skills to make their images look exactly how they want by changing the lighting.  Simply changing the direction the light is coming from, for instance by having an external flash, can make the world of difference in how your pictures turn out.  With Aaron visiting this week, I was inspired to steal…

Live Baby Squid

In December, Tom got several larval squid from the Hopkins marine station.  (shoutout to dianateuthis!)  They were only about a millimeter or two in length but fairly active, so we decided to image them using the Foldscope.  We also wanted to try out a new imaging station I’ve been working on to pair with the…

Silver Crystals Using Tollens’ Test Reagents

Have you ever seen the Silver Mirror trick at a chemistry show?  That’s when silver is precipitated out of solution onto a glass surface.  The demo consists of a series of clear solutions being combined in a glass flask.  As the presenter swirls the flask, a shiny mirror forms on the inner surface of the…