Answer to the Friday Whatsit for June 4th
Yes kids it’s that friendly neighborhood fungus commonly known as mold! I’m not sure what kind, just something hanging around in the greater Chicagoland area. This one proved harder to guess than I thought. Miao was close with her guess that it is some sort of plant.
I was away from work for awhile and I left a little coffee in the bottom of my Global Warming mug (really it should be a Global Climate Change mug, but whatever). This lovely little glob is what was floating in there after a week’s vacation. Being a science geek, I decided to scoop it out and have a look before washing out the mug and getting my morning coffee. If I were a super science geek (like, say, Alexander Fleming) I would have turned it into one of the most important biomedical discoveries of the century.
The images were taken by your friendly neighborhood scientist on an Olympus MacroView with oblique lighting (lighting from the side rather than directly above or below). In the first image, I had to take 14 shots at different focus positions and use an extended depth of field program to get the whole curve of the glob in focus.