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…

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…

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…

Examining Fabric

I wanted to view a man-made object with the Foldscope, so I cut out a piece of a dyed sock made of woven fabric and mounted it on a slide. I used my iPhone SE to photograph the sample. I was fascinated by how clear the individual threads appeared under a microscope since they look…