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Xylotomy - Jim Schubert (Australia) DOCX (Right click with mouse to save off-line and use office software
to view in web format rather than print format. DOCX plug-ins to view in a web browser may not display correctly.)
We welcome a new contributor in this issue. Jim writes: 'I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and have worked as a woodturner
for about 30 years and for the last 15 or so, have been experimenting
with making slides of different types of wood, initially with the aim of
helping with identification of woods, but the process seems to have taken over....... at least for a while. I have made about 1900 slides of about
630 different woods so far. As is obvious from my article, I try to use
simple and relatively safe methods with my work.'
Jim also writes that he was encouraged and inspired by the late Walter Dioni and Jim's approaches using a homemade microtome and an easy to obtain water based mountant, presented in this 24 page article, is a fitting tribute to the spirit of Walter's philosophy of amateur microscopy.
How to create interesting microscopy movies - Mol Smith (UK) PDF
Uses a Pippa's Progress video as an example - an extract from the author's book 'Microscopy As A Hobby. A 21st Century Quick Start Guide.'
|A brief survey of the Handbook of Protoctista - Richard Howey (USA)
An assessment of a classic book published in 1990 with a discussion of the problems of classifying microorganisms. The second edition will be released at the end of January 2015.
Inspiration and the microverse - Mol Smith (UK)
Reflects on the challenges of encouraging microscopy to all ages in our fast paced modern world. Illustrated with pond life movies submitted by the late Ken Jones, one of our very first Micscape supporters.
An 1830s Cary-Gould style microscope by Carpenter and Westley: Exploring the versatility and optical performance of a popular single lens / compound microscope - David Walker (UK)
Single lens microscopes are very topical with the recent massive publicity on the Foldscope which is currently being assessed by 10 000 beta testers. This article looks at a very popular single lens model from the 19th century.
From the archives: (Reformatted to html from other formats where necessary by Mol Smith)
|A novel method for making miniature lenses - Alvaro A de Azevedo (Brazil)
Building a high power pocket simple microscope - Alvaro A de Azevedo (Brazil)
|Sting of a wasp - Anthony Thomas (Canada)
|A simple low cost conversion of an incandescent-lamp illuminator to power LED - by Dhushan Grujich (Australia)
Two free classic microscopy books for beginners. (Web and pdf format) The
US suppliers of science kits of the past often commissioned experienced writers
to write excellent illustrated guides. The two below don't really date and are
packed full of projects. Courtesy of Andrew Davidhazy II and Martin Scott. PDF versions by Mol Smith.
March 5th. Micscape reverting back to monthly from bi-monthly. A decline in contributions prompted a trial run as a bi-monthly magazine from last March to the present. However, both Mol Smith (parent Microscopy-UK site owner / Micscape co-founder) and myself feel that the magazine works better in the monthly format even for issues where there's relatively few new contributions received.
Over the years we have been online (our twentieth this year), our contributors have provided us with a wealth of topics for enthusiasts with a wide range of skill levels and we often rediscover articles from past issues ourselves in the site library. So in future issues, now monthly, we will share as before all new contributions received since a last issue and will add articles on one or more themes from the Archives.
David Walker, Micscape Editor
February 22nd. Note from site owner Mol Smith:
Our previous server host was creating slow running issues with our site. We have just moved it to a fast dedicated server. This should clear up the frustration we've all had using the site. There is likely to be a few teething problems moving thousands of pages and many more thousands of images. So... if you notice something odd, drop us a line!
Additional notes from Micscape Ed, David Walker.
The new site server is physically in the UK rather than the USA. This means that contributors' occasional implementation of the US 'Fair Use' policy (widely used e.g. by Wikipedia) for third party images is no longer possible.
Moving the site of over 40 000 files and ca. 16 Gbytes was a daunting task for Mol so a public thanks for his very hard work behind the scenes.
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