MICSCAPE
(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 152: June 2008.
Next update July 13th. 

   

Image left: The delicate 'glass sponge' Venus flower basket, Euplectella aspergillum, image by Richard Howey.

  

 


Microscopy-UK welcomes you to Micscape Magazine

This magazine is best viewed at 1024 x768, 24 bit colour.

About Micscape

 

  June 17th: The downloadable June issue is now online. Please see 'Archives' section below.
 

Issue 152 - June 2008 : Articles this month


Micscape Contacts
Micscape Editor:
David Walker
Comments on Micscape and
contributions welcomed.

Micscape submission guidelines . 

Microscopy-UK
parent site coordinator:
Maurice Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In focus:

Seeking more contributors: We rely on quite a small pool of contributors to present an issue each month. Regular readers who enjoy the magazine and who haven't contributed to date may wish to consider doing so. Why not share an aspect of your own interests—whether macro, micro or, as Ian Walker shows this month, we are quite happy to share local interest articles eg the places where you walk and enjoy nature. What is local to each of us can be taken for granted but might be of great interest to those in other parts of the world.
Most folk have some sort of digital camera nowadays, even the cameras on mobile phones are getting competent. So the Ed awaits a bulging in-box in the following months. Please see box left for submission guidelines, but please contact the Ed if any queries. Many thanks.

Image permissions, Microscopy-UK hosted images:
We regularly receive third party image permissions which we are pleased to forward to the image owner (if they are not contacted directly) as they retain copyright.
The decision to ask a fee we leave up to the contributor depending on the requester and use, but we were surprised that some major publishing houses have asked for permissions and included a form for signing for image use in multi-thousand print / digital media copies without mentioning any fee.
We suggest that contributors don't agree to free image use from publishers on this basis. Publication quality specialist photography requires time, skill and potentially expensive equipment and should be acknowledged by publishers in profit making image use.
Micscape Editor after recommendations from Maurice Smith and Wim van Egmond, both freelance photographers.

NASA News:

Phoenix Mars lander arrived safely a few weeks ago. The instrument package includes a low power optical microscope and a 'matchbox' sized atomic force microscope. Designing and implementing miniature microscopes to sample, resample and work remotely so far away must be quite a challenge.
A couple of links which describe these two microscopes are below.
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research - 'MECA-OM The Optical Microscope'
Swissinfo.ch 'Search for life on Mars set to begin'

Virtual microscope - the NASA funded 'COGS' project 'Connecting a Generation to Science' includes a free downloadable 'virtual microscope' and sample subjects, including interesting critters like tardigrades (water bears).
Also 'microscope training' to show how to use real instruments. It forms part of the wider 'NASA Inspired' project which includes telescope resources. With thanks to Dr. Laura Blasi, Saint Leo University, Florida for drawing these resources to our notice.
http://www.nasa-inspired.org/cogs/cogs.htm 

'Microscience 2008 International Conference and Exhibition' June 2008, details at  www.microscience2008.org.uk. This event, sponsored by the Royal Microscopical Society, takes place at London's ExCel, 23-26th June this year. The event includes the 'RMS Learning Zone' which is free to exhibition visitors, where they can learn about aspects of optical, electron and digital microscopy.  With thanks to Alison Wilson the RMS Exhibitions Manager for the information.

     

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 .

Micscape Archive
Look for that elusive article on our site:
Micscape Magazine past issues online
(read articles online using the original illustrated index for each month).
Micscape magazine downloadable issues - download a zip file of current or past issues for an offline resource.
Article Library  (browse articles by category)
Automated Search  (limited keyword search: by subject, author, or list articles in a past issue).
Contributor index  (a list of all Micscape contributors to date)
News - special notices - misc.   

'Microscience 2008 International Conference and Exhibition', details at  www.microscience2008.org.uk. This event, sponsored by the Royal Microscopical Society, takes place at London's ExCel, 23-26th June this year. The event includes the 'RMS Learning Zone' which is free to exhibition visitors, where they can learn about aspects of optical, electron and digital microscopy.  With thanks to Alison Wilson the RMS Exhibitions Manager for the information.

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.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

Newsgroups
sci.techniques.microscopy

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
' Microscope ' P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
'
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' 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

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V.  W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites
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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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.

Microscopy-UK and Micscape - established 1995
  Micscape is a free magazine for enthusiasts funded by Microscopy-UK and dedicated to non-commercial microscopy.
© Onview.net Ltd, Microscopy-UK, and all contributors 1995 onwards. All rights reserved. Main site is at

   

www.microscopy-uk.org.uk with full mirror at www.microscopy-uk.net.