What Does an Insect Leg Look Like Up close? (BioE80 Spr 2015)

In one square mile of land, it’s possible to find more insects than human beings on the entire planet. Truly, we are living on an insect’s planet. Yet, I know so relatively little about them. Armed with a foldscope and the poor dead insect gathered from my windowsill, I set out to change that. I…

What makes bruised apple flesh brown? (BioE80 Spr2015)

I had an apple in my backpack that got badly bruised, with a dark, mushy spot on its side. Bruises happen when you accidentally dent the fruit, but I found myself wondering about biochemical explanations for the browning. What’s happening inside the apple to darken the flesh? I used my Foldscope to investigate. I first…

Are we more similar to plants than we may think? (BioE80 Spr2015)

In our investigation, we explorers compared an animal with a plant and examined the similarities between two seemingly different organisms!  The subjects we analyzed were an ant and a small golden-yellow flower.   On the left, you can see the ant’s leg. On the right is the flower’s stem! A similarity we immediately noticed related…