Pond Sample Discovery

Recently, while in Hanmer, New Zealand, I took a water sample from the pond is Chisholm Park. After a bit of peering through my foldscope, I discovered this micoorganism that I at first thought was algae, the same as the surrounding plant matter. I then saw it move forward in a smooth, sliding fashion, leading…

Tetrahymena oral apparatus

  I prepared a slide with a PVC microwell sticker & a droplet of water containing Tetrahymena. This video looks at one well in particular, in which a large air bubble pressed a small water droplet to one side, condensing it into a crescent moon shape. The Tetrahymena within the water seem eager to escape. In the video above,…

Wonders of ciliary beating 

Over the last century; one organelle inside a cell was ignored for the longest time – the primary cilia. It sticks out of the cell and only now do we understand remarkable number of motor and sensory functions it performs. Although now believed to be present in every eukaryotic cell (in human body; primary cilia…