🔬 ALGAE: why they are important for life on earth
Algae produce a large amount of oxygen by photosynthesis.
🔬 MOLD: Three reasons why moldy food is bad
Mold growing on a blueberry. You should not eat these.
🔬 CELLS: Found living cells in the dirt of my car
I’ve been cleaning my car and I found some moving cells in the dirty wash water. No idea where they came from. And I found many pollen.
🔬 WATER BEAR: will it survive drying?
Water bears (tardigrades or moss piglets) are very resilient little creatures. These animals can survive cold and hot and also drying out. Here I am drying a Tardigrade and then wake it up again by adding some water. How to Read More ...
🔬 TARDIGRADES: how to find them and observe them under the microscope
Tardigrades (Water Bears or Moss Piglets) can be found by rinsing them out from moss and observing them under the microscope. Keep the moss moist so that they have time to develop. Tardigrades are microscopic animals. They are very resilient Read More ...
🔬 TRICHOMES: They look like spiders under the Microscope
Trichomes are hair of a plant. These outgrowths have a variety of functions, such as protection from insects or heat. In this video I show you trichomes of a plant using different imaging techniques.
🔬 STARCH: Iodine staining explained
Adding Lugol’s solution (iodine and potassium iodide) to starch will stain it dark purple. This reaction can also be observed under the microscope, when adding iodine to a banana and to potatos. The starch grains will turn black even before Read More ...
🔬 MICROBES: found in an unlikely place
Microorganisms can be found in the most unusual of places – like in this chess board! But where are they?
🔬 WASPS: Observing them with a stereo microscope
Wasp Attack! Wasps were starting to build a nest right on my balcony. Before removing the wasps, I decided to take one and put it under the stereo microscope to see the stinger. In order to do this, I had Read More ...
🔬 HONEY: Why infants should not eat it
Infants up to the age of about one year should not eat honey, as it can make them really sick. It can cause a disease called infant botulism, which is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium produces a Read More ...