close-up view of the wildflower 'Rose moss' (Portulaca
pilosa) - Brian
Johnston (Canada) explores this attractive flower on
the macroscopic and microscopic scale.
A70 microscope adapter - Howard
Webb (USA) describes a neat home made adapter for this popular
digicam and illustrates its suitability for photomicroscopy.
Swift & Son Ltd model P polarizing microscope. Notes
on its restoration and a personal review - Ian
Walker (UK) describes and illustrates an example of this classic microscope. He also shows the neat LED illuminator which
he has made for it.
Geometry and Pattern in Nature 1: Exploring the shapes of diatom frustules with Johan Gielis' Superformula - Christina
Brodie (UK) shares some of her excellent drawings of diatoms
and reflects on one mathematical approach to imitate
Nature's forms such as diatoms.
cheap and precise slicer for studying botany - Walter
Dioni (Mexico) presents an improved design of the double
razor blade slicer for botanical section cutting and discusses and illustrates its use.
tips on the use of the precise double razor blades slicer
- A supplementary
article to the above where Walter Dioni (Mexico) discusses
the mode of action and merits of slicers based on this
design, section post
processing and illumination methods.
20th century Baker - Paul
James (UK) shares his enthusiasm for 'an example of an underrated
instrument that still has plenty of life and some old fashioned
on the macroscopy of insect mounts using near infrared
illumination - David
Walker (UK) assesses a cheap near-IR LED illuminator
used with a B/W video camera for revealing detail in dense large
mounts of insects.
Subscribers' resources: Making microscopy videos part
I. - Maurice
Smith (UK) discusses the technical considerations, hardware
and a range of software suitable for capturing microscopy videos
and transferring to a PC.
focus: Ever wondered how much a single bacterium
such as E. coli weighs? Wonder no longer,
it's 665 femtograms (femto = 10-15). Learn about
how scientists at Cornell University achieved
this in a BBC News web site article 'Scientists
weigh tiny bacterium'.
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