Bioscapes - Amazing and Enchanting

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

  2. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Last semester I had a little fun with my microscope. I rubbed my eyebrow and took a sample. I used my little Olympus camera and a tripod, moving it around until it lined up with the ocular lens for a good picture, so excuse the bad photography.

    Here's what I found:

    Fungus! (100x):
    fun with microscopy 004.

    A dust mite (one of a couple) 100x:
    fun with microscopy 012.

    A typical integumentary squamous epithelial cell (dead skin cell) 100x:
    fun with microscopy 022.

    Ack! A microscopic worm called a nematode (100x):
    fun with microscopy 008.

    My weapon of choice, an American Optical Corp Model 60 microscope with 4x, 10x, 43x, and 100x (oil immersion) objective lenses. A little old by today's standards, but still works fine. I was given it by a medical student who just graduated.
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  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    a bit introspective, but interesting non the less.;)
  4. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    I love the adventure you undertook. Shoot on!
  5. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    That was just ONE little spot on my body. Our bodies are teeming with life other than our own; in (almost) every square inch.

    We are just beginning to understant the importance of our normal flora in our intestines. We are just now linking them to our brain chemistry as a possibility of why some of us can become unbalanced. If you are too clean, and kill off the E Coli that symbiotically lives on and in you, you can open yourself up for other infections (yeast) that can grow and multiply. The wee beasties eat the other wee beasties, kind of like Wild America!

    We are our own bioscapes. I just don't have the best equipment to show it.
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