Connected on 2011-10-31 12:00:00
from Cumberland, Maine, United States
- 10:25 am
- Bugscope Teamsample is in chamber and pumping down
- Bugscope Teamwe are waiting for the vacuum in the specimen chamber to get better
- 10:31 am
- Bugscope TeamHi Winka!\
- Bugscope TeamThis, presently, is a view of all of the insects in the chamber.
- Bugscope TeamGood morning, Mrs A!
- Bugscope TeamMrs A we are connecting at 1 your time -- is that correct? I am setting up early.
- GuestWhat kind of insect are we looking at?
Bugscope Teamso there are a couple of houseflies, a mosquito, a cricket, a jumping bean, a moth from a jumping bean, a Japanese beetle, maybe some ants if they didn't blow away in the vacuum, some beetles, etc.
- Bugscope TeamThe sample is pumping down fairly quickly, and I should be able to bring the electron beam up soon.
- 10:36 am
- Bugscope TeamOnce the electron beam is on we will have a different view. We'll be making some quick adjustments to the microscope and then cruise around looking for cool places on the stub to save as presets for today's class.
- Bugscope Teamoh there is a spider as well
- 10:42 am
- 10:47 am
- Bugscope TeamHi Martin!
- Guesthi how are you
- Bugscope TeamHello MYP!
- Guesthow are you?
- Bugscope Teamgood, Thank You!
- Guestwhat is that
- Bugscope Teamthat was the haltere but you could not see it very well
- Bugscope Teamthere's another large fly on the stub, and maybe we can find a better one
- Guesttheo thayib
- Guestmartin huddleston
- Guestmartin huddlseton and theo thayib are from RMS!
- 10:52 am
- Bugscope Teamcool!
- GuestThat looks epic
- Bugscope Teamha yeah
- Guestsugar cubes
- Guestis that salt?
- Bugscope Teamsalt from a Wendy's
- Guestbettle butt ??
Bugscope Teamyes the abdomen
- Guestbettle mouth
- 10:57 am
- Guest*beetle farts
- Bugscope Teambe cool you guys
- Guest*beetle gasses
- Bugscope Teamwe want to be good hosts for today's school
- Guestdo betle caryy their babbies on their belly
Bugscope TeamI don't think these do. There are none that I know of but that does not mean it doesn't happen.
- Guestdo bettles have FUR!!!!!
- Guestor scales
- Guestor both?
- Bugscope Teamsometimes they have a lot of setae that resemble fur. most of them do not have scales, but the large beetle I saw earlier may have some. Scales are modified setae anyway. And you know that setae is what we call the things that look like hair.
- 11:03 am
- Bugscope Teamoops, loose limb there
- Bugscope Teamokay I am going to run upstairs for food.
- Bugscope Teambe right back
- Bugscope Teamplease be sure to be nice to Mrs A, whose classroom is connecting with us today.
- Guestbring me some
- Bugscope Teambrb
- Guestis anyone there???
- 11:08 am
- Guestguess not...
- Guestawkward silence...
- Bugscope TeamMYP I am back.
- Bugscope TeamI'm back too.
- 11:13 am
- Bugscope Teamcan you see my messages?
- Bugscope Teamthe screen is blank on Bugscope now
- Guestwhat happened to the screen?
- 11:18 am
- Guestscreen.... is...... blank....... now..... what... happened... to.... the..... screen.....?
- Bugscope Teamwe had some kind of server crash, looks like
- Bugscope Teamcan you see my messages?
- Bugscope TeamAlex is coming down to take a look.
- Bugscope Teamour sysadmin
- Bugscope Teamyou guys please let me know if chat is working
- Guestwhats happenimg
- Guestwhy does it ceep on saying that I'm connected, then a few secconds later disconnected, then connected, and back and forth?
- 11:34 am
- Bugscope Teamwe had a videoserver crash, you guys
- Bugscope Teamwe're rebooting it
- Bugscope Teamif we can
- GuestWaiting on the image capture device to come back up
- Bugscope Teamimage back!
- 11:39 am
- Bugscope Teamokay I may have to remake presets for the session
- Bugscope TeamHi Angie!
- Bugscope TeamThis is Scott
- 11:44 am
- TeacherHi all
- Bugscope TeamHi Mrs A!
- TeacherWe're logging in a bit early, as suggested.
- Bugscope TeamWe had a scare a few minutes ago.
- Bugscope TeamTotally cool.
- TeacherI noticed the word crash. Not fun.
- 11:50 am
- Bugscope Teamyes our videoserver blinked out; had never done that before and we had to figure out what was going on/
- TeacherAre you all set? The pictures look amazing!
- Bugscope TeamBut we are good. The presets I'd made before that are still good. And you can take over control of the 'scope if you would like.
- Bugscope TeamSo Mrs A you now have control of the microscope. I can confer control to any of your students if you wish. Please try clicking on a preset (screen to the left) for starters.
- Bugscope TeamPlease let us know if you have any trouble at all, and let us know when you have questions about anything..
- Bugscope TeamMrs A you should be able to take the mag down or up on this spider, change the focus, change contrast/brightness, and also click on a feature to center it.
- 11:55 am
- Bugscope TeamMs Fairweather can you see the chat?
- Bugscope Teamsome of today's guests are from a school we connected with months ago; they come back to visit from time to time.
- TeacherOk, all computers are ready. I'll try to take control!
- Bugscope Teamawesome, we are ready for you and your students!
- Bugscope Teamlooks like you just clicked on the screen and centered it in a different place
- TeacherIt says another microscope has control?
Bugscope Teamyou are the supreme ruler; no one else has control except Alex and me, and we're not driving
- Bugscope Teamsometimes we have to wait for a command to take place
- Bugscope Teamthese are the chelicers, or chelicerae, that hold the fangs
- Bugscope Teamin the lower center of the screen is a thing that resembles a knee
- Bugscope Teamthat is the edge of one of the fangs
- Bugscope Teamthe eyes are behind all of those hairs (setae) that are sticking up
- Bugscope Teamsetae are like the spiders skin. the setae is what allows spiders to feel their environment
- Bugscope Teambe sure to click on one of the presets on the lefthand screen when you wish
- 12:00 pm
- Bugscope Teamnow you can see that the spider has a friend with her
- TeacherI think it's working. Is it normal to be slow?
Bugscope Teamyes, it is not instantaneous, there is a slight delay
- Bugscope Teamyou are driving a $600,000 scanning electron microscope from your classroom
- Bugscope Teamyour students can ask us questions anytime
- Bugscope Teamwe're looking at a small brown spider, and it just happened that an ant fell onto it before I put it on the stub this morning.
- Bugscope Teamyes, don't be shy to ask any questions about what you are seeing
- Bugscope Teamthat was me driving, since I'm sitting at the 'scope.
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the compound eyes of the any here
- Bugscope Teamant i mean
- Bugscope Teamalmost all ants we see are female
- Bugscope Teamon either side of the head lie the compound eyes
- Bugscope Teammale ants look like female ants but have wings
- 12:05 pm
- TeacherWe're having a few computer glitches.
- Bugscope Teamwell we did today as well
- Bugscope Teamit's Hallowe'en!
- Bugscope Teamthat is weird
- TeacherI click, then have to refresh each time.
Bugscope Teammaybe a log out and log back in might fix it, i think your login stayed through our server crash so a logout/login might help to flush out the badness?
- Bugscope Teamit is also possible there is a firewall in place
- TeacherThe kids are logged in as students. Should they log in as me, using my password?
Bugscope Teamno, they should stay on as students
Bugscope Teamthe kids should just log in as students -- the software will recognize that they are from your school.
- Bugscope TeamMrs. A, can you try a preset and see how that works for ya?
- Bugscope Team*please* try one of the presets; let's make sure that is working
- TeacherSorry, what's a preset?
- 12:11 pm
- Bugscope Teamthe screen to the left has an assortment of images on it that you can click on
- Bugscope Teamand the 'scope will drive to that place on the stub
- Bugscope Teamso you won't have to stay in one area like this
- Bugscope Teamcool!
- Bugscope TeamWhoa sweet!
- Bugscope Teamthese are ommatidia, or individual facets of the compound eye
- Bugscope Team totally cool
- Bugscope Teamfrom here you can take the mag down, or up
- Bugscope Teamthis is 5 or 6 times the mag you can get with a light microscope
- Bugscope Teameach one of these facets (ommatidia) has a lens in it, so the bug brain actually has to process hundreds/thousands of images at once
- TeacherWhat's that little 'stringy' think coming out of the middle?
Bugscope Teamthat is a seta, which is what a single 'hair' is called
- Bugscope Teaminsects have no bones; instead they have an exoskeleton
- Bugscope Teamit is thought that those little hairs on the compounds eyes help the moth to send sind while flying
- Bugscope Teamwhich is kind of like wearing armor
- Bugscope Teamso they have lots of tiny setae (see-tee) that stick through the exoskeleton and help them sense their environment
- Bugscope Teamsome of the setae are mechanosensory, which means they are touch-sensory
- 12:16 pm
- Bugscope Teamsome setae are chemosensory, which means the insect can taste the air with them and sense smells
- Bugscope Teamand some setae are thermosensory, enabling the insect to feel hot and cold
- Bugscope Teamsome setae are modified into the scales we see on butterfly wings
- Bugscope Teamdo you still have to refresh after every command?
- TeacherThe student computers won't stay connected. It says disconnected in the upper left hand corner. I have to refresh their page for them to see what Mrs. Abbott is controlling.
Bugscope Teami think the next thing to try is to have everyone log out and back in again, should only take a few moments for each computer. i fear the server crash might be causing the disconnect problems. or like scott said, if it's a firewall, then there's not much we can do about that
- Teacheryes...the teacher computer disconnects as well. We are using Firefox as the browser. Should we switch browsers or log out and then log back in?
- Bugscope TeamI would try logging out and then back in again.
- Bugscope Teamwe are using Firefox as well.
- TeacherSee you in a few minutes
- TeacherThe students are on Safari
Bugscope Teamboth safari and firefox should work fine.
- Bugscope Teamlet's see if it works for you
- 12:22 pm
- Bugscope TeamI am worried that there is a firewall that may have to be modified for this kind of session.
- TeacherWe have a filter, but not a firewall.
- Bugscope Teamwe have not had problems with firewalls for years, but maybe they're back
- TeacherWe can override the filter.
Bugscope Teamdo you have to refresh to do chat?
- Bugscope Teamugh I am sorry about all of this
- TeacherMe too. I'm going to try Safari. I do have to refresh. Occasionally, it disconnects me.
- Bugscope TeamMrs. A., now that you have logged out and back in again, can you try to move the scope and then see if the having to refresh problem is gone away?
- Bugscope TeamIf the refresh problem is still there, then I suggest disabling the filter for this session, if you can, it'll be interesting to see if that fixes the refresh problem?
- Bugscope Teamthat worked from our end
- Bugscope Teamyou can try another preset as well
- Bugscope Teamyeah what I found earlier is that I was trying to go too fast, and I was waiting on my own commands
- 12:27 pm
- Bugscope Teamthese are the bristles/spines on the edge of the wing of a housefly
- Bugscope Teamthe tiny setae are on the wing surface, and they're called microsetae, big surprise
- TeacherI get this. Ignored request because another microscope control command is still pending. It did move a bit, but it is slow. Is that normal?
Bugscope TeamWell, the speed is the same as it is on the actual scope. It is not instantaneous, so there is a slight delay, that is normal. And then depending on network speed it might slow down a bit more.
- Bugscope Teamall of the images you acquire today are stored on your Bugscope members page
- Bugscope TeamLooks like it might be working now? You've moved a few times in a row...
- Bugscope Teamhttps://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2011-084
- TeacherIt seems to be working, but I do need to refresh every few minutes.
- TeacherAre the big spikes the setae? Or the littler ones?
- Bugscope Teamlooks like you are controlling well from your end
- Bugscope Teamthe little ones are microsetae -- they do not connect to nerves
- Bugscope Teamthe big spikes/spines/bristles are setae that are connected to nerves and let the fly sense what is touching it, or also, with some of them, the wind
- 12:32 pm
- Bugscope Teamnow you can see the fly's compound eye, and above it to the left a bit are its antennae
- Bugscope Teamthe mouth is to the lower left, and we can see only part of it
- Bugscope Teamthe large bristles we see are comparable to a cat's whiskers
- TeacherWhere is the antenna?
- Bugscope TeamI will move to it
- Bugscope Teamthere is a pad-like component and a branched component called an arista
- Bugscope Teamwe see two aristae right now
- Bugscope Teamlet's go to another fly -- I can take us there
- Bugscope Teamok these are a few of the scales on a Monarch butterfly wing
- TeacherOk, sorry, take us away!
Bugscope Teamno problem at all of course
- 12:38 pm
- Bugscope Teama detour on the way!
- Bugscope Teamdo you know what this is?
- Bugscope Teamits antennae are completely missing
- Bugscope Teamand it has scales too!
- TeacherHow did they get off?
Bugscope Teamthey are very fragile, and they fell off after the (it's a) mosquito died.
- Bugscope Teamthat is where one of the antennae was, in the center of this pedicel
- TeacherIs that the spot where the antenna fell off?
Bugscope Teamyes it is!
- TeacherIs that its leg?
Bugscope Teamthat is its proboscis, and inside is the fascicle that it bites you with
- Bugscope Teambut it does look very much like a leg
- 12:43 pm
- TeacherAnd this is the leg?
Bugscope Teamyes it is!
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that it has scales on it like the butterfly wing
- Bugscope Teamscales have lots of purposes. one important one is to help keep you (if you have scales) from getting stuck in a spider web
- TeacherGot kicked off for a minute. Can we see probosis again please?
Bugscope Teamyes we can!
- TeacherWe are surprised that the scales don't make it easier to get caught!
Bugscope Teamthe scales fall of easily, and thus they get stuck in the web but the insect can slip out and get away!
- Bugscope Teamthe proboscis is a sheath that has all of the cutting mouthparts and the siphon tube inside it
- TeacherCan we please zoom back to where it goes into its head?
Bugscope Teamyou bet
- Bugscope Teamnow it is easy to see that the proboscis is a sheath that splits open along its center
- 12:49 pm
- TeacherWhat's that?
- Bugscope Teamthis is another fly, and we can see its antennae a bit better
- Bugscope Teamyou can read at the top of the screen, above where it says "Magnification."
- Bugscope Teamit's a trapdoor in the Mexican jumping bean
- Bugscope Teamthere are a lot of scales here too, and that is not a surprise because the insect that comes out of the bean is a moth
- Bugscope Teamsee the moth? one of its antennae is broken as well
- Bugscope Teamit has large compound eyes
- 12:56 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is a Japanese beetle
- Bugscope Teamthis is its mouth, and you can see palps on either side, which help it manipulate and taste its food
- Bugscope Teamthis clublike thing is one of its antennae
- Bugscope Teamare you still with me?
- 1:06 pm
- GuestAre you able to zoom in to see a cell?
Bugscope TeamHi Angie!
- Bugscope TeamIf we had individual cells we could see them, yes.
- Bugscope TeamI just gave you control of the microscope.
- Bugscope Teamplease let me know if you have any trouble.
- Bugscope Teamdriving
- GuestIt is working!
- Bugscope Teamplease feel free to drive around
- Bugscope Teamalso, you may select from any of the presets on the screen to the left of this one
- Bugscope Teamall of the images you gather will be accessible on the member page for today's
- Bugscope Teamschool
- Bugscope Teamred blood cells are 8 to 14 micrometers in diameters and you can see that you are at a high enough mag to see them if there were there
- GuestDo you have to do anything to capture an image?
Bugscope Teamthe images are automatically stored
- Bugscope Teamspider face
- 1:11 pm
- Bugscope Teamhttp://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2011-084
- Bugscope Teamthey will be on this web location, as well as a transcript, after the session
- StudentScot, are you there?
Bugscope Teamyes I am!
- Bugscope TeamI just got your email. I am very sorry things were so messy today.
- Bugscope Teamlet us know if we can reschedule you
- GuestCan you turn the control to a student as well?
Bugscope Teamyes I can
- Bugscope TeamI can confer control to one person at a time, regardless of who it is
- StudentI'll email.
- 1:16 pm
- Bugscope Teamthe individual features you see now -- the rods or cones of the eye (not really) are less than a micron in diameter, so you are looking on the nanoscale
- GuestDo the chemical sensors look different?
Bugscope Teamsometimes they are flat -- placoid; sometimes they look like setae (they can be setae) but have a little button at the tip
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that this little fly has scales from another insect on its eye
- Bugscope Teamif we look at earwigs, they often have mites on them
- GuestIt is working without problems under my firewall. I am really looking forward to doing this with a class! Thank you forthe opportunity!
Bugscope TeamYou bet, Angie!
- Bugscope Teamthe toughest part is scheduling, since we are booked far into next year
- GuestI will be in touch with you soon. Thank you.
Bugscope TeamThank You!
- 1:21 pm
- GuestDo you have any advice for secondary teachers who have several classes a day?
Bugscope Teamwhat we do is try to get them to do a long session, sometimes a few classes over a couple of hours
- Bugscope TeamI'm sure it is hard for the teachers to do that sometimes.
- Bugscope Teamwe are taking over a research microscope for this, and it takes up our time as well, so we can do this only twice a week, usually, and usually for only a few hours
- GuestThat is understandable! When they are scheduling, can they just request the next available spot?
Bugscope Teamthe next one that fits into their schedule. our secretary has to do the scheduling, and that can be very difficult
- Bugscope Teamwe connect mostly with people in the US, but sometimes we work with people in other countries and have to come in at odd hours
- GuestOK, well I'll be in touch soon. This is such an amazing resource. Happy Halloween.
Bugscope TeamThank You!
- Bugscope TeamSee you soon.
- 1:26 pm
- Bugscope Teamshutting down...