Onion Cells

I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an initial Beta tester for the Foldscope project.  I have two daughters who love science and I had been contemplating buying them a microscope when I first heard about the project.  I can’t describe how how excited I was to receive our Foldscope package in the mail. …

Difference Between Cells of a Rose Petal and Cells of a Rose Leaf

Purpose of the experiment: Determine if a rose’s leaf and petal share the same cells. Problem of the experiment: Does a rose leaf and petal share the same shape of cells? Hypothesis: If the Foldscope is used to observe a rose’s leaf and petal, then we will be able to determine whether they share the…

“RIP Marisol the Sunflower” or Inside Plant Decay

            Marisol was the name of my small Sunflower plant living on my windowsill. One day during a dreary december in “The Garden State”, I noticed Marisol had keeled over and died. Saddened, I decided on a viking funeral for my courageous sunflower, gone too soon, but upon inspecting her…

Foldscope Day 3: Ants, Pollen, and Berries up close

Ants I stuck an ant under the foldscope. The ant and the foldscope did not disappoint. What looks to the eye approximately like this… …under the foldscope, is transformed into this. So of course, I had to take a video and explore this ant further. Here’s what I saw. Amazingly, the ant is actually translucent,…

From the City to the Jungle with the Foldscope

For the past few months, I’ve been conducting research in the Peruvian Amazon. But when I’m not trekking through the jungle, I’m based in Los Angeles, one of the largest cities in the U.S. So for this post I thought I’d compare and contrast a few things I’ve investigated with my Foldscope, but the moral…

A microscopic classic ; onion

As a classic sample of plant cells, here is my onion membrane cells painted with methylene blue.