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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!
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • Ever wonder which flowers in your garden the bees are visiting? Did you know that you can find out with your Foldscope? I found a dead bee on the ground and took a closer look at it under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • As the weather continues to get warmer, I have been seeing more and more dandelions popping up. Watching the bright yellow flowers transform into the white fluffy seeds pulls me back to my childhood. Plucking the stem gently so as not to disturb the seeds, making a wish, blowing them all away, and watching them fly off brings a sense of hope, joy, and peace to my day. This time I decided to look at the dandelion fluff 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!

  • 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!).
  • 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.