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  • 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!

  • I noticed a tuft of grass growing near the front of my house. The plant had purple fluffy seed heads that I wanted to look at under myFoldscope 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!!
  • Read on to learn how I prepare pollen for viewing under myFoldscope 2.0 (and a fun lighting trick that can enhance your microscopic images!).
  • This is such an exciting time for Foldscope users! MicroRealms Explorer Cards are a brand new product that I am having so much fun with - and I think that you will, too! These cards provide a whole new way to think about and use prepared slides.
  • The ability to discover the microscopic world around you has become more accessible than ever. Read on to learn what makes the Foldscope Mini the perfect microscope for explorers of all ages!
  • Summary:

    • Bubbles are only spherical when there are no unbalanced forces acting on their surface
    • Bubbles can get quite large because bubble solution lowers the surface tension of water
    • Share your observations of bubbles with others to show what you learned!
  • Foldscope Explores... Vital Stains (Part 2) looks at how vital stains help scientists to better see and study the insides of cells.
  • Foldscope Explores... Spaghetti is here to help you celebrate National Spaghetti Day on January 4th! Fix up a plate of your favorite pasta, grab your Foldscope, and explore with me!
  • TL;DR

    • Close observation helps improve focus
    • Close observation involves all five senses
    • Close observation is interdisciplinary
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!