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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 92: June 2003.
Next update July 13th.

The image above by Brian Johnston shows Vitamin C between crossed polars.

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Testate amoebae, peat bogs and past climates - Graeme Swindles (Northern Ireland) describes and illustrates some of the testate amoebae (fossil and living) which can be found in peat bogs and summarises their use in ecological and climate studies.

Notes on resolving diatoms with blue oblique lighting - Terry Gunby (UK) describes his trials at resolving Amphipleura pellucida with a simple but effective form of lighting.

The polarizing microscope: modifications to a biological microscope and use of the dedicated XPT-7 (Brunel SP-70) - Ian Walker (UK) describes simple accessories he has made to make a biological microscope more useful for polarizing studies. He also discusses and reviews one of the more affordable dedicated polarizing microscopes available new.

A gallery of ascorbic acid photomicrographs - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares a stunning selection of images and includes notes on using the Nikon Coolpix 4500 for photomicrography.

Introduction to digital photomicrography - Gregor Overney (USA) presents this illustrated article with particular reference to the practical procedures involved.

Jellyfishes - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) presents an illustrated article on marine organisms that have 'jellyfish' stages in their life cycle and which can be collected in coastal waters at this time of year.

The reproduction of vorticella - Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes and extensively illustrates the fascinating stages of this organism's asexual reproduction and which can be observed under the optical microscope.

The 'Britex' microscope - Paul James (UK) takes an affectionate look at a solid and very usable student microscope popular in UK schools some decades ago.

'Cizembra' by Henry F. Hailes 1827-1892. A closer look - Brian Darnton (UK) takes an in-depth look at a fascinating slide of foraminifera prepared in the 19th century.

More common garden seeds - Chris Thomas (UK) shares a second attractive gallery of these often overlooked subjects and encourages the wider use of a hand lens.

Topical news: Microscopes to Mars - The current American and European Mars missions include specially designed microscopes as part of their respective surface probe's scientific instrument packages. A links page to a selection of web resources with particular reference to the microscopes.

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