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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 141: July 2007.
Next update August 13th. 


Image left: A colony of Stentors photographed
by Howard Webb


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Issue 141 - July 2007 : Articles this month



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    Also see our new monthly cartoon by Jon Cantin below.


    In Focus:

    Nikon 'Small World' Competition 2007. Nikon have presented a 'sneek peek' gallery of the 'top 100' photomicrographs entered into this year's competition with a feature that allows readers to rate them. (The site notes that the Judges decision on the award winners has already been made and the winners will be announced in the fall). With thanks to Wim van Egmond for spotting this feature.

    The Materials Research Society present some striking images submitted by contributors to their 'Science as Art' competition held at their Spring 2007 meeting. They are downloadable e.g. to use as desktop backgrounds or as screen savers. With thanks to Bob Goldsack for letting us know of the link.

    Voynich Manuscript: Richard SantaColomo contacted us and writes: I thought you might be interested in a theory I have. I believe that there is a possibility that the famous Voynich Manuscript may be Cornelis Drebbel's lost notebook, which contains among other things, experiments in microscopy. Here is the site I have, which explains the theory: http://www.santa-coloma.net/voynich_drebbel/voynich.html
    Richard notes on his website that he presented the theory in an article entitled The Voynich Manuscript: Drebbel's Lost Notebook? which has been recently published in Rennaissance Magazine (Issue #53, March 2007).

    The Yahoo Microscope forum with over 2000 registered members is one of the most active forums on the web for microscopy enthusiasts of all skill levels (discussions are accessible to non-members). Some of the more popular discussion topics and group resources are carefully compiled by Keith Shaw on his website The Microscope Group Archives.

    An SEM analysis of Amphipleura pellucida with new findings - a fascinating illustrated paper by Gary Gaugler published in the May 2007 issue of Microscopy Today - of particular interest perhaps to enthusiasts who enjoy the fun (or should that be frustration) of resolving the punctae of this famous test diatom near the limit of the visible light microscope. Update Sept. 2007. Also available as a downloadable pdf from the Microscopy-UK website, hosted with the kind permission of Gary Gaugler and Microscopy Today Editor, Ron Anderson. (With thanks to Gordon Couger for highlighting its publication in the Yahoo Microscope forum.)


    New monthly feature:  Introducing 'The Adventures of Stinky and Sticky'. We don't think microscopy as a hobby should be taken too seriously, so we are delighted to welcome Jon Cantin's cartoon on the antics of these two amoeba. For a background to their characters please visit the author's website where the author also shares his other interests.


We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it! Have a chat with us, to see how we can help share your interests. Submission guidelines.

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External links. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

External Microscopy forums:
Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.

www.photomacrography2.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Microscope' P (>1500 members, very active)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Microscopio' for Spanish speakers

'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
'CombineZ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

Other sites
Beyond Magazine science, microscopy for youngsters
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers.

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
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

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

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