Exploring the miniature world
Image left: detail of the attractive wild flower the creeping speedwell. Resized image, from the original by Brian Johnston.
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A close-up view of creeping speedwell - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this wild plant's interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.
Neophyte finds Miocene diatoms - Charles Suslavage (USA) explores and illustrates the species found in a deposit at Newport Beach, California.
"Extreme annular illumination" - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) shares notes on some historical aspects of this lighting technique often used in combination with polarised light.
A view into a Wild M20 binocular head: a discussion about its design and some delamination effects - Jerome Wenger (France) explores the construction of the head from this popular stand.
Introducing the halogen bulb to old lamphouses. An even cheaper route to replacing traditional light sources in the older microscope - Paul James (UK) describes simple ways of adapting tungsten lit stands to the more modern quartz halogen bulb.
An overview of human cells for light microscopists - Mol Smith (UK) continues his multi-part series on the value of 3D modelling in microscopy education by describing and illustrating typical human cell types.
'Practical Digital Photomicrography. Photography Through the Microscope for the Life Sciences' by Brian Matsumoto - Spike Walker (UK) shares a review of this new and attractively presented book.
Compatibility of microscope components - Robert Pavlis (USA) discusses examples of some components of stands that can be shared.
A DIY tilting stage - that anyone can make - Ian MacGregor (Canada) shares a neat and effective design using readily available materials.
John William David Hume (1851 – 1912). Pharmacist and mounter - Peter Paisley (Australia) presents an illustrated essay on aspects of the life and work of this slide mounter.
Nitzschia singalensis v. N. firthii. What's in a diatom's name? - Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) explains the potential complexities of assigning species names to diatoms—prompted by queries raised in an article in the January issue. He also remarks on the fine structure query raised for this species.
Use of the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 for photomicrography. History of a near-failure or a semi-success - Walter Dioni (Mexico) completes his three part series on using this popular webcam. In part 3 he assesses its performance using different lighting techniques and for video work.
Walter White, microscopist (1841-c. 1910) - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this slide maker.
A micro April Fool's month - Richard Howey (USA) shares a fun essay on suitable microscopical themed tricks to play.
A close-up view of the paper white narcissus - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive flowering plant.
Forays into fluorescence - 4. Notes on the autofluorescence of old mounts of snail radulae - David Walker (UK) follows up an aspect of last month's article on exploring these structures.
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