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  • One morning, I noticed a group of what looked like tiny dots on the side of my house. Because insects tend to congregate there when the porch light gets turned on at night, I thought maybe they were insect eggs of some sort. Well, you know me, I just had to take a closer look at them under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • Summary:

    • UN Biodiversity Day is a global celebration promoting the importance of protecting biological diversity,
    • “Be Part of the Plan” is the theme for 2024,
    • Use your Foldscope to document microbial biodiversity in your area and share it on the Microcosmos!
  • It is May 2024 and in South Carolina that means the cicadas are out! The emergence of millions of Brood XIX 13 year periodical cicadas is happening right now. With all of these specimens available to me, I just had to look at cicadas under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!

  • Summary:

    • Histochemistry is the science of using stains to study structures and processes at the cellular level,
    • The stain colors also add visual interest to the microscopic images,
    • You can use your Foldscope to view prepared slides, create your own stained slides, and share your results on the Microcosmos!!
  • Summary:

    • Plants grow leaves in the spring and begin the process of photosynthesis,
    • Close observation can reveal the slight differences between the shapes and colors in plant cells,
    • Use your Foldscope to collect data about the shape and color of a variety of plant cells and share it on the Microcosmos!!
  • Summary:

    • Dr. Marie Clark Taylor, an African American botanist was the first woman of any race to get an advanced scientific degree from Fordham University,
    • Taylor encouraged the use of microscopes and real biological samples in schools to improve science education,
    • Use your Foldscope to observe botany in action and share what you discover on the Microcosmos!!
  • It is November and where I live, we are in the midst of fall. Leaves are changing colors and the ground is getting covered in a blanket of leaves and acorns. I have always enjoyed looking at leaves in my Foldscope, and this year was no exception! My Foldscope Mini provided some gorgeous views of the color changing process. And for an added twist, I decided to also take a look at the acorns. Read on to learn how I used reflective lighting on my Foldscope 2.0 to get microscopic views of acorns!
  • Summary:

    • Owl pellets contain the indigestible bones, fur, and exoskeletons of their prey,
    • Owl pellets provide information about the owls that live in an area,
    • Scientists can reconstruct the skeletons of the owl’s prey from what they find in owl pellets,
    • Use your Foldscope 2.0 to take owl pellet dissections to another level and share your pictures and videos on the Microcosmos!
  • On a recent outing, I came across a fully intact and newly shed snake skin. So, of course, I did what anyone would do - I took it home to study it under my Foldscope!
  • Foldscope Explores… Mosquito Larva!!

    I found an old watering can in my garden. I looked inside and saw that it was filled with water, green algae, and tiny swimming organisms. Sadly, they turned out to be mosquito larvae. But, before I emptied the can, I put them under myFoldscope for a closer look!
  • What amazing things did I discover when I found a centipede, dissected it, and put it under myFoldscope? Read on to see how beautiful and amazing the microscopic view of a centipede can be!
  • Summary:

    • Seeds are composed of only three parts: seed coat, embryo, and food source.
    • The intricate beauty of seeds can be seen in microscopic images.
    • Share your observations of seeds with others to show what you learned!