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Live bacteria in decomposing plant using Foldscope

I’ve always wanted to see bacteria through the foldscope. As obvious as it may be, I’d never seen bacteria in decomposing matter with my own eyes. So, after a plant in my house died, I put it a jar and let in decompose for a week in tap water. I took a drop out, and […]

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Paramecium and Didinium – Foldscoping ciliates

  I started my first ciliate culture today. Here’s a first peek at the culture- you should notice tiny bacteria swimming around and some hay. I quickly spotted my first ciliate – this is a paramecium  – as can be identified by its characteristic ‘slipper’ shape. You can clearly see the hundreds of cilia lining […]

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Exploring falling leaves in fall with a foldscope

It’s finally fall in California. And the leaves are falling. I couldn’t help but ask myself some questions about why and what causes the leaves to fall. In addition, they were changing colors as well, so I wondered if they changing colors would reveal a changing morphology or indicate a predominantly compositional change. So I […]

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Copepod egg sac and meta-learning post with foldscope

This is a meta learning post of how the foldscope contributes to my learning and growth, which I felt was worth sharing. From the same Hopkins trip where I found the nudibranch eggs, I also was able to find Copepods swimming in the ocean water sample. I took two videos exactly and couldn’t make head […]

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