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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 81: July 2002.
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Image above by Martin Mach. It shows the stunning rotifer Floscularia ringens peeping out of its neatly built home.
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Experiments on relaxing microorganisms with very dilute formalin - Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes how very dilute formalin can be an excellent relaxant for some freshwater organisms.

Floscularia - one more famous marvel of pond life - Martin Mach (Germany) shares some stunning stills and video clips of one of the most beautiful organisms that can be found in a pond.

A second look at some well known test diatoms - Frithjof Sterrenburg (The Netherlands) remarks on some fascinating aspects of some favourite test diatoms, including how their true structure is only revealed by electron microscopy and the renaming of Frustulia rhomboides.

Instruction booklets for microscopy, or the good old days and nostalgia - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) looks at some of the old booklets that inspired his childhood interest in microscopy, and suggests a multimedia project to encourage today's youngsters.

And you thought jabberwocks were weird - Richard Howey (USA) looks at some of the fascinating aquatic microscopic organisms that occur and the problems they can give taxonomists.

Miniacina miniacea, a curious yet common Foraminiferan of the Mediterranean Sea, noted by Edward Herron-Allen and Arthur Earland - Brian Darnton (UK) describes and illustrates this intriguing foram.

The desmid Cosmarium reniforme - Bill Ells (UK) shares some images from his photo archive of this desmid species with notes on its interesting features.

Macro and micro image gallery - part 1 - Paul James (UK) presents some stunning images; from a macro taken with a flatbed scanner to a photomicrograph of bacteria at high mag.

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