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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 44: June 1999. Next update July 13th.


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Image right: the waterflea Bosmina longirostris.
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Articles this Month

Radiolaria - the delicate shapes and sculpturing of Radiolaria shells are one of the most spectacular subjects for the microscope. By Brian Darnton, UK and Wim van Egmond, Netherlands. Adapting a flash gun for photomicrography - a simple but effective adaptation of a flash gun for photomicrography. By James Evarts, US.
A Strongylocentrotus drobrachiensis by any other name would smell as sweet - a humorous but challenging look at how scientists classify and name organisms. Or why the tiniest critters often seem to have the longest names! By Richard Howey, US. Water fleas - one of the easiest creatures to find in a pond, but one of the most fascinating. An attractive illustrated survey by Wim van Egmond and Jan Parmentier, Netherlands.
Video gallery: Protozoa Portraits - two video clips showing the beating cilia of a protozoan and the extending pseudopod of an Amoeba. By Edward Cowen, UK. Cilia - the microscopic beating hairs used by both single-celled and multicellular organisms are one of the wonders of nature. A fascinating look at their diversity and mode of action. By Bill Amos, US.
Zygnema - an illustrated look at an attractive filamentous algae which is easy to find. By Steve Durr, UK. Horsetails: relic plants from prehistory - a common group of plants which are easily overlooked, but they have plenty of fascinating macro and microscopic features. By David Walker, UK.

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