Dead Skin Cells Sample from Underneath Fingernail

When I was younger, my uncle used to always say this thing about, “Oh, if you scratch yourself, you’ll find thousands of little skin cells underneath your fingernails.” This line would always lead into a long rant about how evolution isn’t real or something like. I never paid attention, not only because his argument didn’t…

Pink Orchid at Avery (Caltech) Garden

Here is an image captured from a foldoscope of two small, yellow, oval pollen pieces from the stamen sample from a Pink Orchid flower. This was obtained by removing the flower of a Pink Orchid plant in the Avery Garden at Caltech (91126-0001 Pasadena, CA) at 7:40 PM on 5/31/2019, and then its stamen were...

Grains of Salt

A few grains of salt were obtained from a shaker in Blacker Dining Hall at approximately 11pm on Friday, May 31st. The grains were placed on a slide, covered by a slip, and viewed through a Foldscope; a phone flashlight was the external lightsource. In the first image, you can make out a few grains…

Leg Sample from Unknown Beetle

Sample collected from small black beetle of unknown species near Avery House’s north gate on 5/31/19 at ~5:00pm. Beetle was caught with the leaf shown left, then killed by getting pinched with my fingers. Cover slip sticker and lead pencil was used to separate one leg from the body. Sample was observed on a slide…

Spider Silk Sample

Sample collected from bike rack next to Avery House’s west entrance inside of its gates on 5/31/2019 at ~5:00pm. Cover slip sticker from foldscope kit was stuck to a spider web, its silk wrapping around the cover until the web detached from the bike rack. Then, cover slip was stuck onto slide and sample was…

A Strand of My Hair!

This is a magnified image of two strands of my hair. You can kind of make out the blue/grey color. I plucked the sample from my head at approximately 5pm on Friday, May 31st. I taped the sample onto a glass slide, covered it with a cover slip and viewed the slide through a Foldscope,…

Table Salt

In this image the crystal shape of the salt, normal refined salt found in the CDS salt shakers, is seen. This photo is particularly interesting because there appears to be a fracture in the salt crystal that can be seen. This Salt sample was collected at 9:35 on 5/31/19 from a CDS salt shaker in…

Bougainvillea Vine Petal

Bougainvillea vine petal intact before being sampled from. Sample (whole flower) was obtained outside the East Bridge building at Caltech (1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA) at 8:15pm PST. The flower was plucked from the vine, and a part of its petal was torn off manually and analyzed. Petal from Bougainvillea vine under foldscope magnification;...

Pollen for Purple flowers

The image show pollen from a purple flower (suspected to be lavender or lilac), under scattered light (generated using a mobile-phone flashlight). The sample was obtained from the plantations behind Bechtel residence at Caltech’s campus (1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA) around 7:00 pm local time (CA) on May 31st, 2019. The flower was cut…

Flake of Dead Skin

This photo shows a flake of dandruff from the scalp of a friend. It was obtained at approximately 5pm on Friday, May31st, and gently placed on a clean slide and covered by a cover slip. It was then viewed with a Foldscope, and a phone flashlight was used as an external lightsource. You can roughly…

Mold on Mango

The image above is of some mold growing on a mango. In the picture, there is a relatively big portion of material of a yellow to green shade and translucent. There are some dark proportions, and some floc around. The sample is obtained by picking up a small amount of mold with the tip of…

Hibiscus Anther

This photo depicts the tip of a hisbiscus anther. You can kind of make out pollen grains stuck to the end of it. The sample was obtained from a hibiscus plant outside of Caltech’s Page House at around 3am on Friday, May 31st. An anther was plucked from the plant and placed on a slide,…

Orange Tree Leaf

Orange tree before being sampled from. Sample (whole leaf) was obtained outside Fleming Hovse at Caltech (1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA) at 7:50pm PST. The leaf was plucked from its stem and was analyzed. Leaf from orange tree under foldscope magnification; there are dark veins running throughout the leaf and the leaf itself is...

Pollen of Small Purple Flower

This small purple flower was collected from near a parking lot behind Bechtel. The flower was picked off of its stem from the bush at around 7:30pm on May 31st. This is a picture of the pollen from this flower. It appears to be a lavendula flower. #caltechbi1

Purple flower petal found behind Bechtel

This purple flower petal found above, likely verbena bonariensis, was collected from behind Bechtel (California Institute of Technology) at around 7:30 pm on May 31st, 2019. The sample was retrieved from an area containing multiple flowers of the same type. It was picked from its stem. #caltechbi1

Purple Flower Petal

This is a picture of the petal of a small purple flower that was found behind Bechtel near a parking lot. It was collected around 7:30pm. The flower was picked off of the bush. You can see the edge of the petal in the foldscope photo. #caltechbi1

Petals of purple flowers

The images show petals from a purple flower (suspected to be lavender or lilac), under direct light (generated using a mobile-phone flashlight). The sample was obtained from the plantations behind Bechtel residence at Caltech’s campus (1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA) around 5:00 pm local time (CA) on May 8th, 2019. The flower was cut…

White Hibiscus Flower (2 of 2)

White hibiscus flower growing from its plant before being plucked. Sample (whole flower) was obtained outside the JCAP building at Caltech (1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA) at 8pm PST. The flower was plucked from its stem and multiple stamen were manually and analyzed. Stamen from white hibiscus flower under foldscope magnification; there is a...

Leaf Picture of Schefflera Aboricola at Ricketts’ House Caltech

Here is a picture of a green leaf blade from a Schefflera Aborricola plant at Ricketts' House Caltech, 911026-0001 Pasadena California. This picture features a closeup of the lamina of the green leaf blade, showing distinct lamina which divide the lead blade into small sections of green. This sample was obtained at 7:40 PM 5/31/2019...

White Hibiscus Flower (1 of 2)

White hibiscus flower growing from its plant before being plucked. Sample (whole flower) was obtained outside the JCAP building at Caltech (1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA) at 8pm PST. The flower was plucked from its stem and a part of its petal was torn off manually and analyzed. Petal from white hibiscus flower under...

Poor Dead Ant

This is a dead ant. The line like figure southeast of the big brown specimen is the ant's leg. This ant was a very small one, maybe about 3 mm in length. The specimen was obtained by finding it on some tile in front of the Beckman Institute at the Caltech Institute of Technology at...

White Hibiscus Flower at JCAP (Caltech) on 5/31/2019

Here is an image captured from a foldoscope of the small, yellow, oval pollen particulates from the stamen sample from White Hibiscus flowers. This was obtained by removing the flower of a white hibiscus plant outside of JCAP (Joint Center for Artificial Synthesis) at Caltech (91126-0001 Pasadena, CA) on 7:26 PM on 5/31/2019, and then...

Red Hibiscus Flower

Red hibiscus flower growing from its plant before being plucked. Sample (whole flower) was obtained outside the JCAP building at Caltech (1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA) at 8pm PST. The flower was plucked from its stem and a part of its petal was torn off manually and analyzed. Petal from red hibiscus flower under...

Plucking Pink Petals (includes good look at cellular wall)

You can see the cellular wall in between the plant cells of this pink petal. This specimen was taken from the vine bearing columns in the front of the Beckman Institute at the Caltech Institute of Technology. The specimen was obtain at approximately 6pm on May 31st. It was obtained by plucking a petal and...

Single strand of Hair

Hair plucked from the head of an anonymous woman, collected at ~5:30pm on 5/30/2019 at Caltech. #caltechbi1

Mold from mango culture under direct and scattered light

The images show a fungi mold structure, under direct and scattered light (generated using a mobile-phone flashlight). The sample was obtained from a culture growing organically on refrigerated mangoes inside Ricketts House residence at Caltech’s campus (1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA) around 11:00 pm local time (CA) on May 30th, 2019. The mold was…

Lavender Petal

This image shows the fuzz on the underside of a lavender petal. The little hairs can clearly be made out. This sample of lavender was collected at around 3am on Friday, May 31st from a cluster of plants just North of Caltech’s Chandler Cafe. A piece of the plant was picked off, and a few…

African Iris White Flower pollen

African Iris white flower pollen collected near Millikan pond at Caltech at roughly 5:30pm on 5/30/2019. The flower was cut from its plant and pollen scraped off. #caltechbi1

Anther of Small Yellow Flower

The first image in this post depicts part of the anther of a small yellow flower found in the parking lot of Caltech’s Athenaeum. The flower was picked around 3am on Friday, May 31st. A clean cover slip was placed over the sample on the slide and the slide was put into the Foldscope. A…