Exploring the miniature world
171: January 2010.
Image left: Bacterium. A still from a rendered model by Mol Smith illustrating the value of 3D virtual animated models in microscopy education.
Image © Mol Smith, microscopy-uk.org.uk
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Using 3D modelling to assist microscopy study - Mol Smith (UK) starts his multi-part series on illustrating the value of virtual 3D models to encourage an interest in microscopic and macroscopic life.
The microscope of a shoeless doctor - Manuel del Cerro (USA) and Lazarus Triarhou (Greece) share a humbling essay on the type of microscope one doctor had to use during the Chinese 'Cultural Revolution'.
A close-up view of the wild flower pine-apple weed - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates that a modest weed can have interesting features on the macro and microscopic scale.
Joseph Bourgogne, microscopist (ca. 1810 – after 1879) - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this well known slide preparer.
The Vickers M75 microscope - David Harries (UK) describes and illustrates the features of this well engineered microscope from a famous UK maker.
Optical differences between telescopes and microscopes - Robert Pavlis (USA) provides a valuable overview on their differences. (Links to article in Acrobat® pdf format.)
Amoeba holiday - Wim van Egmond (Netherlands) presents an attractively illustrated fantasy based on an amoeba in a winter pond.
Testing two Olympus "relief phase contrast" objectives on an Olympus inverted microscope. Comparison with Hoffman modulation contrast (and DIC) - Daniel Nardin (France) compares a less well known but intriguing technique with more familiar methods.
A special tropical island beach - Hugo Mitchell-Tapping (USA) describes and illustrates the microscopic detail responsible for a beautiful white Caribbean island beach which is composed of 'ooids'. (Links to article in Acrobat® pdf format.)
Experiments using water immersion objectives - Ted Clarke (USA) describes his studies of live freshwater organisms such as diatoms using the popular LOMO objectives.
Microscopic recipes to celebrate the new year: A playful fantasy - Richard Howey (USA) shares a light hearted essay for the new year.
A close-up view of the toad lily - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this attractive flowering plant.
The novitiate's odyssey part 3. A few words on creation - G. Joseph Wilhelm (USA) describes his engineering project to build a stage, stand and condenser mount for a Zeiss GFL limb and setup external lighting.
Notes on exploring two old slides labelled 'Nitzschia singalensis' and 'Nitzschia singalense' ... a tough classic 'test diatom' - David Walker (UK) finds that two old microscope slides of a
diatom species proved to be a very challenging subject and have a fascinating background literature.
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