Connected on 2010-06-09 08:00:00 from , NY, US
- Bugscope Team hello! good morning
- Bugscope Team i am setting up your session now
- Bugscope Team right now, it's only me here, i am doing my best to get your session ready. scott should be here soon.
- Bugscope Team if you have any questions, please let me know
- Student what is that?
- Bugscope Team hi students, welcome to bugscope!
- Student hi
- Student hey
- Bugscope Team this is the head of a borer insect
- Student cool
- Student oh cool is looks gross though
- Student naaa
- Student its pretty
- Bugscope Team yeah, insects under an electron microscope kinda look disgusting... :)
- Student how old r u
- Bugscope Team i am 38 years old.
- Student o
- Student h my gosh
- Student odee ur man old
- Student r u cute
- Bugscope Team yeah, well, old, but cool
- Bugscope Team what grade are you all in?
- Student ok
- Student 11
- Student 11
- Student ;)
- Bugscope Team ah, so high schoolers. cool
- Student naaa jk we are in 7 grade
- Student middle schoolers
- Student sorry
- Bugscope Team hi mr fixl
- Bugscope Team middle schoolers, even better
- Bugscope Team welcome
- Student oh oh
- Student hi kid name alex
- Student watchu mean even better
Bugscope Team middle schoolers often ask the coolest questions about bugs
- Bugscope Team welcome mr. fixl, we are ready for you anytime
- Bugscope Team i just unlocked the session, so you should see microscope controls on the right
- Student ooh my bad you not a kid
- Student oh lol kk
- Student um the eyelash look awesome
- Student wat do u do for a living
- Student batting eyelashes
- Student what kind of bugs are this
Bugscope Team we do have some insects like the borer beetle, fruit fly, caterpillar, and then we have the eyelash, salt, and a couple different kinds of sugars
Bugscope Team this is a borer insect
- Teacher Great. We have 4 computers set up in the classroom. Mine is going up on the screen through the projector
Bugscope Team coolness
- Bugscope Team well, i am a systems administrator. scott is an electron microscopist and a manager of a lab. cate is a microscopist as well.
- Student whatever Mr. Fixl
- Student hahaha
- Student are bugs mamals
Bugscope Team nope, they are not. they aren't warm blooded and their skeletons are on the outside, among a few other differences that separates mammals from insects
- Bugscope Team see the scale bar in the lower left of the image? if you click on it, it'll show you more detail about what you are looking at
- Student hey cate!
Bugscope Team hey!
- Student r their any girls online
Bugscope Team cate is a girl, yes, and she is also a great microscopist and cool person to work with
- Student we are in class bored
- Student why does the beetle sensory pits looks so small it looks like circles
Bugscope Team they are small, it's a small beetle and those pits are magnified 800x, as to why they look like that I'm not sure
- Student um you natanya duh and dexterrine and me
- Student hi cate hows it goin
Bugscope Team pretty good, you?
- Student ayoo wass wqo0d homiee
- Bugscope Team mr. fixl, are you able to control the scope? if you have any questions let us know. you can also click on any preset and it'll move to that location
- Student unprofessional!!! cam cam
- Bugscope Team Annie, our expert bug person, might be on later as well
- Student im good cate
- Student wat do u find interest abt bugscope
Bugscope Team it is a way to get young people interested in science, and it quite often works...
- Student ooh cool thanks
- Student their cool
- Student do u find us weird
Bugscope Team heh, no, this is normal. really, we've had some crazy sessions over the years
- Student and buggy
- Student ayo0 shawtyy let me hollah att chuu !. ;]
- Student can ya respo0nd to camila
- Student Sorry people that was my friend
- Student oh kool how crazii i no we are middle schoolers n we think...........
- Student bad!
- Student naught!
- Student naughty
- Student lol
- Bugscope Team is mr. fixl able to control the scope?
- Bugscope Team if you are having problems mr fixl, please let us know
- Student yea
- Student hello
- Student he handles it pretty well
- Student okay
- Student leave
- Student it makes thiings interestiingt
- Student peter and jorge
- Bugscope Team Dexterine what a cool name.
- Teacher Sorry, I was working to get another computer online
- Student thank you
- Bugscope Team the sequel to Mr Fixl
- Student itx a girl name
- Student u dont think ma name is cool scot
- Teacher Looks like magnification work.
- Bugscope Team awesome,
- Student u dont like me
- Student i like pie
- Student :(
- Student ur name natanya
- Bugscope Team it's the most awesome name
- Student i like scot
- Bugscope Team but Natanyaya is pretty cool too, not a slacker name like Scott
- Bugscope Team Thx
- Bugscope Team antennae are very important to insects so sometimes you will find combs on their legs that they use to clean them with
- Bugscope Team some insects have these combs on their arm segments or claws
- Student oh $H!+ U JUS CALLED UR SELF A SLACKER
- Bugscope Team some insects have combs on all six legs, I found out yesterday
- Bugscope Team haha
- Student !!
- Student hehe i bet u use to behqve like this in middle school scott
- Student Fruit Fly?????
Bugscope Team yep, a fruit fly. they look really cool under an electron scope
- Student behave*
- Student r there any speciesof bugs that r bigger than usual scot
- Teacher I'm working on a netbook. The screen isn't as big as the student laptops. It might be better if they try out the controls.
Bugscope Team just let us know who you would like to have control
- Bugscope Team so if you click on the databar, like where its says 56 um, you can open up something that tells you what the 'scope parameters are
- Bugscope Team sure mr. fixl, we can give control to anyone logged in
- Student how old scot
Bugscope Team unbelievably old, like a rock
- Bugscope Team 56 um means 56 microns, or micrometers
- Teacher OK. Netanya is next to me, Let her try.
- Student fixl u spell ma name rong dog
- Bugscope Team ok, natanya has control of the scope. she's driving! put on your seat belts!
- Student awww
- Student awwww poor scott
- Teacher wrong is spelled 'rong"?
- Bugscope Team np
- Student i am driving?
Bugscope Team you have control of the microscope
Bugscope Team yes!
Bugscope Team yes you have control on the right of the browser window
- Bugscope Team go for it natanya, you can change the mag, click on a preset. just give it a try
- Student yeah Scot how old are
Bugscope Team like geologically old, like when all of the continents were together
- Student okayyyyy
- Bugscope Team you can click on any of the presets to get to that place on the 'scope
- Student okayyy
- Bugscope Team natanya, you are controlling a $750,000 electron microscope. live over the internet.
- Student how old r u scot i no alex is 38
- Student scot by juh keep changing the subject
- Student do bugs fart
Bugscope Team they're really pretty quiet about it
Bugscope Team well, in a way they do, all organism have some kind of excrement, even bugs, and some probably release some gas now and then...
- Student natanya asked you someting
- Student ur not that old dude
- Student do bugs have feelings
Bugscope Team they can sense pain, but maybe on a different scale compared to us
- Student dirty
- Student sooo ghetto natanya
- Student nasty
- Bugscope Team got to fix the brightness
- Student do u fart alex?
Bugscope Team of course i do
- Student ewwwwwwwwwwww
- Student hahahhahahaha
- Student in public or private alex
Bugscope Team Natanya please don't get him going in that, like, direction.
- Student of course they do we kill them
- Bugscope Team all organisms on this plant eat living things from their surroundings, and produce waste from the digestive process, and must release that waste in the form of poop or farts, whatever...
- Student ewwww ya gotta rite so neat
- Student that looks like td's
- Bugscope Team this is the underside of the jaw of a beetle
- Bugscope Team i cannot talk about where or when i fart. let's just say we all do it, we all know we do it, what else needs to be said? we got some cool bugs to look at instead!
- Student hehe
- Student lol
- Student i dont tink we kiids are interested in buggs but owell
- Bugscope Team natanya, you are doing a good job of controlling the scope!
- Student i am
- Student !1
- Bugscope Team insects are different from us in a lot of ways, and one is that they don't have skin -- they have their skeleton on the outside
- Bugscope Team if you see another preset you like, go ahead and click on it
- Student gracias or thanx
- Student bugs are a totally different species
Bugscope Team exactly -- it's an alien life form
- Bugscope Team de nada
- Bugscope Team yeah, and bugs have really cool eyes too, they are called compound eyes
- Bugscope Team we have a couple of presets of compound eyes...
- Teacher What other samples do we have?
- Bugscope Team they have little built-in combs 'cause of course they don't have pockets to keep stuff in
- Student y dont ya magnify human body parts?
- Student nice skulls on de outside
Bugscope Team yeah so with their skeleton on the outside it's like wearing a coat of armor all of the time, if you are a person
- Student nice
- Student ?
- Student y dont ya magnify human body parts
Bugscope Team samples have to be pretty small and fit in the 'scope
- Bugscope Team mr. fixl, if you scroll through the presets on the right, we've got 22 different presets of a beetle, fruit fly, moth,sugar, salt, human eyelash, borer, caterpillar, ant, mosquito, flea and a true bug
- Student wats a fruit fly comb?
Bugscope Team well, the fly uses it to clean itself, like your antenna or your eye
- Teacher klk
- Teacher its a cool bug
- Student somebody plz answer ma questi0on
- Student NOOO
- Student y dont ya magnify human body part?
Bugscope Team Most body parts would be too big
- Bugscope Team Natanya with this microscope the sample has to be pretty small and in a vacuum chamber. Like even a cicada is big in this 'scope.
- Bugscope Team like too big
- Bugscope Team we are trying our best natanya, some of the answers show up on the left, in the "Your Questions" section
- Bugscope Team we can show you the inside of the vacuum chamber
- Teacher Are these caron coated or is this the e-cell?
- Student kool show us den plz
- Student please show us
- Bugscope Team we don't work with insects that much
- Bugscope Team these are gold-palladium coated
- Student its dark in there
Bugscope Team right! this microscope doesn't use light to get the image, instead it gets the image from electrons that bounce off the sample
- Student looks like a haunted movie picture
Bugscope Team yeah that is a good way of putting it
- Bugscope Team the electron beam comes from the cone at the top and the samples are on the platter at the bottom
- Bugscope Team insects are easy to image because in order to go in the microscope the samples have to be pumped to vacuum. When insects dry out they retain most of their shape. Put a human body part in there and it will look shriveled, unless it is bone
- Student lol
- Student YAY no skool 2mr
- Bugscope Team this is an electron microscope, so it doesn't use light at all. the image is gathered from electrons that are inside the vacuum chamber
- Bugscope Team guess what this is
- Bugscope Team these are some bad little dudes
- Student ewww d flea looks creepy
Bugscope Team it is they are bad little dudes, dudettes
- Teacher tell mr.fixl that he should giv us candy!!!
- Student hehe.....wat if u cut off a lady titi
Bugscope Team it would be way too big to see
- Student lmfao!
- Bugscope Team we can see things more on the level of cells, stuff like that
- Student do bugs have breasts
Bugscope Team There are some insects that have "milk glands" inside the female reproductive system. In these species, the eggs hatch inside the females reproductive system, and the larvae feed on these milk glands. This is fairly uncommon.
- Bugscope Team so if we wanted to look at breast tissue we would use a light microscope or the TEM
- Student kool we wanna sewe that
- Student see*
Bugscope Team you wouldn't recognize things on that level, or you would once you learned what cells and stuff look like at that scale
- Bugscope Team there are scientists here that study breast cancer, they are trying hard to find a cure or slow the disease.
- Student kool
- Student so they do have tits
- Student who is deb?
- Bugscope Team Deb is prob'ly shocked at the turn of the conversation
- Bugscope Team ants milk aphids but not through breasts
- Student nice how to flies get pregnat
Bugscope Team The same way dogs and whales and human beings do. They have internal fertilization.
- Bugscope Team many insects do not care for their young at all
- Student pregnant
- Bugscope Team and some insects, or spiders, might be eaten by their kids
- Bugscope Team hello deb, welcome to bugscope, are you here previewing for an upcoming session?
- Student so they get intimate
Bugscope Team it's not that exciting, from our perspective
- Student how
- Student ??/
- Student ewww they are diry so do they have gentials?
Bugscope Team I really wouldn't call it dirty. It is just the way that it is. I study mating behavior in beetles. I dissect beetle genitalia. It is not that sexy.
- Bugscope Team but right now natanya has control. we can give you back control if you want, mr fixl
- Bugscope Team you can see the eyespot
- Student lmfao! sexii?
- Bugscope Team I like how they have a little cubby for their antennae.
Bugscope Team that is so cool I only realized that today
- Student wheres the pupil
Bugscope Team it doesn't really have a pupil -- it's a kind of poor light receptor
- Bugscope Team pheromones are kind of like perfume, and Annie studies that in one kind of beetles
- Student wat do u mean wen u say its not that sexii?
Bugscope Team it's just nature, so it's not charged with meaning, just the way things work
- Student dat looks so cool
Bugscope Team it really does
- Bugscope Team some insects and spiders will try to eat the other after mating
- Student wtf........thgey do?
Bugscope Team there are various ways they mate, and as Annie says they usually have internal fertilization
- Student itz like their dead
Bugscope Team They ARE dead.
- Student look at dat tongue
Bugscope Team cool huh, it's actually the proboscis
- Student is it?
Bugscope Team All of the insects we are seeing today are dead. Otherwise they wouldn't sit still long enough for us to look at them
- Student ooo
- Student mi bad
Bugscope Team no really close -- the tongue is inside
- Student oh kk
- Bugscope Team some of these guys eat plants, but some eat other bugs
- Student wat made ya think to do a job as a bugscope magnifier?
Bugscope Team this is really super fun. what we normally do is train people to run the mciroscopes down here to do their own research
- Student after we mated
- Student dats weird
- Student how many things can they see we such an eye
Bugscope Team well, we think they only see one image, their brain puts all the individual images into one image, kind like how our brain does that with two images
- Student oh kool i wanna be a cake artist
- Student cool
- Student i want a bugs eye view for 1 day
Bugscope Team NO DOUBT, that would be so cool.
Bugscope Team if you had bug eyes it would be hard to buy sunglasses, and to get dates, probably. but you would have great peripheral vision, and no one would be able to sneak up on you
- Bugscope Team this is called a compound eye
- Student hey ded
- Student !!!!
- Bugscope Team each hexagon has a lens in it
- Student Deb
- Student nice
- Student i wear glasses
- Bugscope Team and it's curved because the lens's are fixed, can't move, so the curved eye let's them see in different directions
- Student me too
- Student wassup dexterine wats crackin lackin
- Teacher What accelerating energy are we at? How about beam current?
Bugscope Team 5 kV, spot 3, which is about 2 nm
- Student yea ton ton
- Student natanya
- Student !!!!
- Student watchu doin
- Bugscope Team Dude I don't know what the beam current is but it is microAmps
- Student scot i tink ur like 20
- Bugscope Team oh yeah Cate reminded me we have seen like four Higgs bosons with this 'scope.
- Bugscope Team Mr Fixl if you click on the micron bar you will see the 'scope parameters projected onto the screen
- Student can u give fixl bal d control
Bugscope Team done
- Student hey
- Bugscope Team mr fixl, you have control again
- Student take of the music
- Student natanya
- Bugscope Team hey student
- Student said who?
- Student hola
- Student llo no ablo ingles
Bugscope Team no habla espanol either
- Bugscope Team we are going to another preset now, scott is taking us
- Student whose 'student'
- Student camila
- Bugscope Team ah cool, these are sugar crystals
- Bugscope Team yummy sugar
- Student hahahahaha
- Student camila is d student
- Teacher Can we let Dexerine control next?
Bugscope Team done deal
Bugscope Team Dexterine has control now Mr Fixl.
- Student sugar!!
- Teacher nono
- Bugscope Team dexterine, you have control
- Student camila is the student alex scot
- Student whoa it looks......
- Teacher what is sugar crystal
Bugscope Team this is like, what goes on your doughnuts, and in your coffee
- Student reaaly weirdand hairy
- Student wats de hair for
- Student y ya have pic of dexterine
- Student y ya have a pic of dexterine
- Student hi
- Student hii
- Student eff u tanya
- Bugscope Team this is a moth
- Student lol
- Student gth
- Bugscope Team you guys are so expressive
- Student huhy?
- Student huh? watchu mean expressive
- Bugscope Team here is another compound eye
- Bugscope Team lots of time there's dirt and grime on insects, we call it juju
- Bugscope Team these bumps in the compound eye are called ommatidia
- Student do u no the song by drake over
Bugscope Team no, is it about compound insect eyes?
- Bugscope Team each one contains a lens
- Bugscope Team m
- Student can we see de lens
Bugscope Team well, sometimes the ommatidium will be broke and we can see inside, but i don't see a broken one now
- Bugscope Team we cannot see through things with the electron microscope, not this kind of electron microscope; this one sees only the very surface of things
- Bugscope Team and this eye is very dirty
- Bugscope Team this is why insects have combs built into their arms, so they can keep things clean
- Student hell no lol:D
- Bugscope Team this is much better, obviously
- Bugscope Team here's a clean compound eye
- Bugscope Team these compound eyes are very good at seeing movement, so they really help out flying insects...
- Student bored listening to pon d floor major lazer!!!
Bugscope Team Natanya what are you studying? Like, what do you like? I think the more stuff you know about the more interesting everything is.
- Bugscope Team yes that is why they can see you coming -- if you try to swat a fly, to the fly it looks like you are moving in slow motion
- Teacher These facets seem to be much larger than the others we have seen. Almost 80um vs. about 20um.
- Student any thing interesting anybody wants to see?
Bugscope Team Dexterine go to the moth scale, maybe...
- Bugscope Team moths, butterflies, mosquitoes, silverfish, and some random weevils and beetles, very few, have scales
- Bugscope Team scales are kind of like tiny feathers, and they do several cool things for the insects that have them
- Bugscope Team if you measure the distance between the ridges on a scale you may be able to determine what color it reflects
- Bugscope Team Random fact of the day: There is a kind of moth that is a pest on chocolate--not the cocoa plant itself, but actual processed chocolate.
Bugscope Team wow what did it do before people made chocolate?
Bugscope Team I don't know!
- Bugscope Team the moth is covered with scales
- Bugscope Team moths are covered in scales, helps them to escape from spider webs
- Bugscope Team if a moth gets stuck in a spider web, it'll shed some scales and be able to get out
- Bugscope Team so you can see that the divisions are maybe 2 microns apart, which is actually the length of a bacillus bacterium
- Bugscope Team cool
- Bugscope Team scales produce colors from pigment but can also produce what are called 'structural colors.'
- Bugscope Team There is a kind of moth in Russia that sucks blood.
Bugscope Team of course it would be from Russia -- they always have the coolest stuff
- Bugscope Team this is part of a wing, and you can see that when Cate made the sample she painted this down with silver paint.
- Student vampire moth
Bugscope Team yeah look out
- Bugscope Team They call them vampire moths! I watched a video of the moth biting someone. It did not look pleasant.
- Student lol
- Bugscope Team the stage we put the samples on is only 1.75 inches in diameter, about 50 mm
- Student twilight moth stlye
Bugscope Team heh that is right
- Bugscope Team so we can't put very large stuff on it
- Bugscope Team so Annie did it uncurl its proboscis?
Bugscope Team yes--it sort of drove the proboscis into the person's hand.
- Bugscope Team totally gnarly
- Bugscope Team they must be able to sense CO2 and or heat from your body
- Bugscope Team insects and other similar arthropods have senses that we don't have
- Bugscope Team some of them can see light in the UV ranges, which we cannot
- Student gnarly coincidense i just thought of that
- Teacher I think we need to clean up and get ready for the end of the period now.
- Bugscope Team wow.
- Bugscope Team all the chat and images from today's session are saved to your member page: http://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2010-044
- Bugscope Team Mr Fixl we will see you Friday, right?
- Bugscope Team let us know if there's something else you'd like to see in the 'scope
- Student good bye everybody
Bugscope Team Good Bye Dexterine!
- Student this was different
- Bugscope Team good job students, you did great!
- Bugscope Team Thank You!
- Teacher Yes,onehourearlier.Thankforall your patience and excellent information!
- Student !!!
- Bugscope Team for sure
- Bugscope Team but you get to see how this works, kind of cool -- we're not using light but electrons
- Bugscope Team see you on friday!
- Bugscope Team Thank You!
- Bugscope Team over and out!
- Bugscope Team wait
- Bugscope Team Deb are you there?
- Bugscope Team okay if we are done...
- Student bye you guess later
Bugscope Team Bye Natanya!
- Bugscope Team Thank You!