Where ants come from?

I am often perplexed with how many ants I have in my house. If someone could dissolve the whole house but the ants; I think you will still see a skeleton of my house made out of ants. Anyway, I love ants – so I have no problem. My family, not so much. So while…

Pond Water

These are images of pond water from outside of the school where I work.

Drosophila Melanogaster

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Mouse Intestine!

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Foldscopes in a 6th grade class in Melrose Florida

Here’s a short slide show of our day with Laurie Alsobrook’s 6th grade class in Melrose, Florida.  Julie Johnson and I are planning to take Foldscopes to Cambodia and Laurie Alsobrook was willing and eager for us to share them with her class as part of our preparation. My write up our experience is below, but…

Biodiversity in a small drop of pondwater

Yesterday was Biodiversity day. Biodiversity is usually celebrated with pictures or collages of a wide range of animals and plants. To think that it is only about 1% of life on earth is mind-boggling.  We are so sensitive to extinctions of mammals, birds, insects and plants today thanks to a few remarkable individuals who have…

Biodiversity in an old flower vase in my yard

To celebrate biodiversity day, I am sharing a few observations that I made from a mini-zoo in my yard. This is inspired by both laks and manu who regularly create long-term cultures and follow them to observe how life evolves in a mini-ecosystem.  Here’s the old vase that I let fill with rainwater a few…

ராஜாஜி பூங்காவில் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கி

ராஜாஜி பூங்காவில் கடந்த 18ம் தேதி குழந்தைகளுக்கு நுண்ணுயிர் குறித்த விளக்க உரை நிகழ்த்தப்பட்டது. இதில்  மதுரையின்  பல்வேறு பகுதியிலிருந்து சுமார் 168 மாணவர்கள் பங்கேற்றனர். குறிப்பாக அனைவரும் சேரி பகுதியிலிருந்தும், பின் தங்கிய பகுதியிலிருந்தும் வந்திருந்த குழந்தைதகள். அவர்களுக்கு மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியின் பயன்பாடு பற்றி விளக்கம் அளிக்கப்ட்டது. அவர்களுக்கு பூங்காவிலிருந்த பூக்களின் மகரந்தம் மற்றும் இலைகளின் உற்பகுதியை காட்டினோம். குழந்தைகள் உற்சாகம் அடைந்தனர். இதில் மதுரையின் தெற்கு முன்னாள் எம்.எல்.ஏ. திரு நன்மாறன் பங்கேற்றது கூடுதல்…

புளிச்சிக் கீரை

புளிச்சிக் கீரை. விவசாயிகளின் காட்டு உணவு. பொதுவாக இது காடுகளில் வரப்புகளில் வளர்க்கப்படும். இது பயிர்களின் வேளியாகவும் இருக்கும். அதன் உற்பகுதியை மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியில் பார்த்தோம். அற்குள் கறுப்பு நிறத்திலிலும், வெளிரிய சிவப்ப நிறத்திலும் காணப்படுகிறது. இதுதான் அந்த புளிப்புக்கு காரணமாக இருக்குமா? தெரியவில்லை. ஆனால் விவசாயிகளுக்கு காட்டில் உணவு உண்பதற்கு இது ஒரு ஊருகாய் போன்றது.

Exploring at Point Carmel

Hello Foldscope Community, With my Marine Ecology class we’ve been to Point Carmel, which was so beautiful and it got a lot to explore! The intertidal zone is the area where land and sea meet. It is covered in water during high tide and is out of the water when it is low tide. Through…

Microscopic movement

Hello Foldscope Community! Also from the breakwater at Monterey harbor, I’ve been able to document the movement of something that looked like a shrimp. I was totally impressed to see some movement under my foldscope and I wanted to share this with you! There are so many amazing microorganism just at the surface! This foldscope…

Exploring the Monterey Harbor

Hey Foldscope Community! My name is Freya and I am an international student at CSUMB, so I got this awesome opportunity to get to work with a foldscope. These pictures originated from samples I collected with my Marine Ecology class in the Monterey Harbor. We were using a 202 micron net to collect microorganisms from…

Foldscope Fun At Point Lobos

Hey there foldscope friends! I wanted to share my Point Lobos experience with you because there were lots of things to see and explore! Point Lobos is a State Natural Reserve  located in Monterey County, California along the Central California coast. It is absolutely beautiful and people come from all over the world to get a…

Foldscope Fun At Moss Landing Beach

Hello foldscopers! I decided to explore the Moss Landing Beach because I work near there every day and have yet to explore the beach up close and personal! Moss Landing, California sits at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is over twice the size of the Grand Canyon but underwater!  I took this…

Exploring Tide Pools At Carmel Point

Hey there foldscopers! My marine science class had a lot of fun going to explore the tide pools at Carmel Point in Carmel, California! There was so much cool stuff to see! Carmel Point is a Rocky Intertidal ecosystem residing along an erosional coastline and in the center of Carmel Bay. It was raining on...

Brine shrimp, up close and personal

Brine shrimp, take 2 Our brine shrimp buddies survived the night and I invented a new mounting method so as not to squish them! We also got a better handle on lighting and focus conditions which was very exciting. Here we can see the body of the shrimp pulsating – perhaps the heart working hard!…

Brine shrimp!

Hello (Foldscope) world! I am excited to share my first presentable video with you. I am still working on my focusing technique, but am just so happy that we were able to get the lighting right to see some brine shrimp wiggling around! These cute little guys were collected from the fish room of our…

Macroalgal zonation, revisited

Hello, Shannon here with one more intertidal attempt at demystifying seaweed zonation patterns in a different environment, this time, the San Francisco Bay. Emeryville Marina Park is an elbow that juts out into the bay, and in all likelihood use to be part of the bay. Although this is an artificial rocky intertidal, and with…

Patterns, and more patterns

Hi there, this is Shannon again returning with my second Foldscope post. On a drizzly, grey day I set out to explore a gorgeous rocky beach north of Fort Bragg, CA.  My walk out to the coastal bluffs revealed a magnificent expanse of rocky intertidal beaches. In the distance, a group of sea lions watched…