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  • Have you ever looked at an object under a microscope and thought to yourself, “Hey, that reminds me of …?” This type of thing happens a lot to me when I look at samples with my Foldscope 2.0! And this is a great skill to have as a scientist!
  • 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!

  • Preparing flower petals for microscopy is a simple procedure that yields big results! If the flower petals are thin enough to let light pass through them, you can use a slide prep technique called a dry mount.
  • As spring gets closer and closer, people with seasonal allergies begin reaching for tissues for their runny noses. I decided to do some microscopic explorations of tissues with my Foldscope 2.0. Read on to find out what I saw!
  • Recently I was enjoying a slice of birthday cake and I decided to sacrifice a small bit for microscopic study. And, yes, the sacrifice was completely worth it!
  • There is more to a healthy aquarium than what you can see with the naked eye. If you take a close look with a Foldscope, you can discover an entire ecosystem of microbial life! This is exactly what I did with my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • The colder weather may be keeping you indoors, but you can still have fun exploring the microscopic world with your Foldscope!
  • 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!
  • Here at my home we are beginning to decorate our house for Halloween. For my family that means - spiderwebs!! This made me wonder what fake spiderwebs look like compared to real spiderwebs on the microscopic scale.Read on to find out what I saw!
  • 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!
  • Recently I noticed a lot of mushrooms growing around my neighborhood. There were several clusters of them on the ground and they seemed to pop up overnight. Of course this inspired me to take  a closer look at these mushrooms under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • My daughter was cleaning out her room and found a sea sponge that she had gotten on a trip to the beach many years ago. She kindly gave it to me so that I could take a closer look at it under myFoldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!