Thecamoeba photographed by Richard Howey.

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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 112: February 2005.
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Thecamoeba: The shar-pei of protists - Richard Howey (USA) shares an essay on this fascinating genus of amoeba, illustrated with striking images.

Geometry and Pattern in Nature 2: The holes in radiolarian and diatom tests - Christina Brodie (UK) discusses the amazing microstructures of these organisms and is beautifully illustrated using her own drawings.

On old books and a bygone era - Ian Walker (UK) celebrates the fine illustrations and writing style of Victorian books on microscopic life by sharing a selection of quotes and illustrations from his favourites.

A close-up view of the unusual wildflower "common milkweed" - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series on the macro and microscopic opportunities offered by common plants.

A full size field microscope - Chuck Huck (USA) shows his neat conversion of a functional Graf Apsco secondhand microscope into a field microscope.

An annotated list of books from a North American microscopist's library - David Richman (USA) presents a valuable list of his favourite microscopy books with particular reference to the N. American fauna and flora.

A personal review of the Motic DigiScope 300 LED field microscope with digital camera - David Walker (UK) assesses this versatile compact optical microscope with 20-100x magnification, still/video capture and measuring software.


In focus:
Society news: The Reading Microscopical Society (UK) are holding their annual Convention on Sat. March 12th and all are welcome. The meeting will include 'd
isplays, exhibits, lectures & equipment sales'. For details please see this document which includes an application form. Information kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.

Science news: 'Soft-walled foraminifera' are found living 11 km deep in an ocean trench. BBC News web site article 'Life flourishes at crushing depth'.  Also see CNN News web site article 'Organisms living miles under the sea'.


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    The Reading Microscopical Society (UK) are holding their annual Convention on Sat. March 12th and all are welcome. A series of lectures and demonstrations are planned with light refreshments offered. For details please see this document which includes an application form. Information kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.
External links. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

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Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support  articles and other resources

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Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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