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  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • I decided to take a look at an umbrella under my Foldscope 2.0! And it was easy to do. I just clamped my Foldscope 2.0 onto the umbrella canopy - no slide prep required!
  • 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!
  • It is that time of year when my cucumber harvest is in full swing! There are so many cucumbers ripening at the same time that I can’t eat all of them before they go bad. To prevent the excess from going to waste, I rely on pickling to preserve my cucumbers. This got me wondering, is it possible to see the effects of pickling under a Foldscope? Read on to find out!
  • Summary:

    • Evaporation is the process of a liquid turning into a gas,
    • As water evaporates, any salt dissolved in the water will crystalize and fall out of solution,
    • Share your observations of what water evaporation revealed with your explorations!
  • 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!