Category: Videos


Sad: Paramecium squashed to death, organelles spilling out

Pretty sad. 🙁 The ciliate paramecium was squashed to death between the microscope slide and cover glass….

How to view stomata under the microscope

This is a very simple, yet effective way of making cell surfaces visible. Here I am making a glue impression of a leaf surface. The stomata are visible under the microscope.

Why you can not identify bacteria with a microscope alone

The shape of bacteria reveals very little about what type of bacteria they are.

Phase Contrast Microscopy – all you ever wanted to know

Phase contrast microscopy allows you to see transparent and unstained specimens much better. The microscope converts differences in refractive index to differences in brightness.

Fly larvae (maggots) under the microscope

Maggots are fly larvae. They will form flies after metamorphosis. The flies then produce eggs, out of which more fly larvae emerge.

DIY Slide Ringing Table

A cheap slide ringing table can be made by mounting a CD on a fidget spinner. How to use a slide ringing table:

Red blood cells under the microscope

Topic: Looking at blood with bright field, dark field and phase contrast. You can see the red blood cells (erythrocytes) quite well. I bumped my head on the corner of the car door unloading some shopping.

Making a permanently mounted slide of an insect wing

Topics: Making a dry mounted slide and one with mounting medium. Making a spacer ring with a slide ringing table. Here I show you how to prepare a wing of a wasp. The mounting medium used is Euparal, which is common for mounting insect specimens. In this video we will have a look at how […]

Cotton Candy under the microscope

Topics: watching cotton candy melt under the microscope. Cotton candy is pure sugar. It attracts moisture and this causes the cotton candy to melt. Under the microscope you can observe this process quite well.

Pollen from honey under the microscope

Extracting pollen from honey and observing it under the microscope. I will show you how to use a hand centrifuge to concentrate the pollen and how to make a temporary slide for observing them. Natural honey contains flower pollen. These pollen can be observed under the microscope, but you first have to concentrate them before […]

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