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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:

    • There are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical,
    • It is possible to tell them apart with a Foldscope (creating some beautiful images in the process!),
    • Use your Foldscope to observe sunscreen on a microscopic level and share your discoveries on the Microcosmos!!
  • 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:

    • Polarized light only vibrates in one direction,
    • Some materials are birefringent causing color patterns that can be seen with polarized light 
    • Use your Foldscope to record this phenomena and share it on the Microcosmos!!
  • 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!
  • Summary:

    • Vascular plants distribute water and food internally via specialized structures.
    • Xylem moves water up from the roots to the leaves.
    • Phloem moves food up and down to where it is needed.
    • You can see these structures using your Foldscope! Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • Ladybugs are not all female.
    • Ladybugs are not bugs.
    • Microscopic studies can reveal connections between the structure and function of the different parts of the ladybug.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • The microscopic properties of soil can help you to understand the macroscopic properties of soil and how it is used.
    • Making connections between a natural resource and its cultural significance can deepen your understanding and appreciation of the resource.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • Spider webs are made of four basic parts
    • Microscopic views of spider silk reveal the structural differences of the four parts
    • The vibrations traveling along the silk strands alert the spider as to what is happening on the web
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!