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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 149: March 2008.
Next update April 13th. 


Image left: A fine line-up of four Leitz microscopes with
black enamel finish. Image by G. and N. Overney.


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Issue 149 - March 2008 : Articles this month

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In focus:
BBC News website article "Nanomagnets 'could target cancer'" - tiny magnets made by bacteria may have potential uses in medicine.

Current Spanish TV series on microorganisms "Mundos Diminutos" (Minimal Worlds). Rubén Duro who is a 'Spanish biologist and independent' wildlife filmmaker kindly contacted Micscape regarding this series which he has produced. The programmes can be watched in streaming video online. Rubén remarks:
'This is a series of eight documentaries (26 min. each) on the importance of microorganisms in the different ecosystems (upper streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, soil, sandy beaches and rocky shores). The series is included in the magazine "La Aventura del Saber" (The  adventure of knowledge), every two weeks on Wednesday morning. After transmission, each program is posted on the website of the magazine, so it is possible to see it worldwide.'
Even for non Spanish speakers like the Micscape Editor, the beautiful footage of microorganisms can be appreciated.

'Wellcome Image Awards 2008' - the Wellcome Trust's award ceremony was held on March 11th and some winning images can be seen on the BBC News website. Featured entrants include Spike Walker who has kindly shared some of his striking images in Micscape image galleries.


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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'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.


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)
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. Wide 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
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
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.

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