on Micscape and
The history of photomicrography - Gregor and Normand Overney (USA) share an illustrated summary of some key developments and personnel in the fascinating history of this type of photography.
Guangzhou Liss Optical Instrument Microscopes: L-201 - David Christmass (UK) describes this stand's origins, features, accessories and offers his own English manual on this popular student model sold under a variety of brand names.
A close-up view of 'Kangaroo paws'
- Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates this plant's interesting features on the macro and
Care of low voltage incandescent
lamps. Helping to ensure your
lamphouse's bulb reaches old age - Paul James (UK) offers some
practical advice to extend bulb life which is increasingly important for bulbs for older stands that are becoming hard to source.
A Victorian illustration meets its 21st century counterpart - Chuck Peters (USA) finds his live hydra image suspended from duckweed closely resembles a classic illustration.
An overview of viruses for light microscopists -
(UK) continues his multi-part series on
the value of 3D modelling in microscopy
education by describing and illustrating
a selection of viruses.
Review of a Watson & Sons brass student
microscope of the late 19th century - Jerome Wenger (France) describes and illustrates an example of this stand and has some queries on some of aspects of its history.
the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 for
photomicrography. History of a
near-failure or a semi-success
Dioni (Mexico) continues his three part
series on using this popular webcam. In
part 2 he assesses various aspects of its still image quality.
Morrison Barbour (ca. 1851-1929) and
the Barbour Brothers Microscope Slide Business (ca. 1893) - Brian Stevenson (USA) presents an illustrated essay on this slide maker.
Micro star gazing - Wim van Egmond (Netherlands) shares striking imagery of some species of desmids that resemble stars.
Get the LED out
Richard Howey (USA) illustrates how a cheap consumer blue LED lamp can offer attractive imagery for certain subjects.
A close-up view of the Seiryu toad
- Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the
macro and microscopic features of this
A "palette of palates". Exploring a selection of prepared slides of snail radulas—a classic type of Victorian microscope slide
David Walker (UK)
finds prepared slides of the radulas of snails a challenging but rewarding subject for visual studies and for photomicroscopy using different lighting techniques.
Note on Micscape / Microscopy-UK archiving: As a digital resource and with the potential uncertainties that have been associated with reliable long term archiving of digital data, we are very aware that we're the custodians of a now large amount of freely given resources by contributors. From the outset of the venture in 1995 we set in place multi-threaded methods of ensuring this resource remains stable and freely available. We have recently arranged
a further tier of independent archiving so it may be worthwhile summarising them all. Needless to say the methods below are supplemented by both site administrators having multiple personal backups of the entire site.
On-line site stability - As far as possible we don't change a resources web page address (URL), the earliest article web addresses are the same as they were in 1995. The site is hosted on a high bandwidth account on a Yahoo server in the US to best serve our main readership in the US. To date Yahoo has proved to be a very reliable host and good value. (Current monthly page accesses are ca. 750 000.)
Continuity of administrator access - Maurice Smith, the site owner, has carefully put in place access details for potential future administrators to continue the venture.
British Library 'Voluntary deposit of non print publications' scheme - Micscape since it started has been registered with the British
Library as a serial publication. (Online version: ISSN 1365-070x. CD-ROM archive: ISSN 1478-2693). CD-ROMs, now DVD-ROMs, of the Micscape archives containing the first 75, 100 and 130 monthly
issues have been sent to them for archiving under their 'Voluntary Deposit' scheme and updated archives are deposited with the British Library regularly (the next is planned at issue 200).
The site structure was designed from the outset so that internal site navigation used intra URL addresses (i.e. not http:// links which only work online) so that the entire site can work independently off-line on a DVD, therefore submitting DVD archives is a very easy task. Special off line indexes access the DVD resource.
British Library 'UK Web Archive': We have applied for and have been accepted into the British Library's scheme for them to archive complete websites with a UK domain name they regard as of value. Their archive is updated regularly and is completely independent of us, so an additional method of ensuring long term access to the site's resources. Every six months is a likely site archive update for this site.
Micscape is also reaching a potential huge new microscopy enthusiast readership - China, in their own language. A major Chinese professional microscopy website issues their own quarterly Chinese version, articles are selected by them for translation after contributor's permission sought via the Micscape Editor.
David Walker and Maurice Smith.
UK meeting notice: With thanks to Mike Smith who writes:
The annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society.
This will be at Morley near Leeds as usual.Sat 5th June 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm. Cost by advance booking £5. On the day £7. Theme - Zeiss microscopes. Refreshments and sandwiches available. Raffle - 1st prize a signed photomicrograph by Spike Walker.
Interested parties to contact me. Email: mikesmith_ls176h AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk
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Royal Microscopical Society International Micrograph Competition 2010 - please see the Press Release from the RMS for details. With thanks to Rob Flavin of Cooper Repco Ltd., for the information.
Exhibition: '300 Years of History Under the Microscope' - Press Release from the Royal College of Surgeons, London
"Curious: The Craft of Microscopy is the new exhibition at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 16 February to Saturday 3 July, 2010 will showcase the photography of innovative artist, Susanna Edwards."
Using nine different microscopes dating back to the 18th century, Ms Edwards has photographed a collection of Victorian slides to create a stunning series of natural images. Each photograph, taken as the eye would see through a microscope, documents how developments in microscopy have changed the way we see the world.
The exhibition will include large-scale photographic prints alongside the historic instruments used to capture them, the oldest of which is a 1730s Culpeper microscope. The slides contain a range of natural materials gathered for their aesthetic, scientific and educational qualities. The exhibition provides an opportunity to view objects that are rarely or never
seen by the public.".......
........."The exhibition will be supported by a programme of lectures, tours and hands-on workshops that explore the role of microscopes in medicine over the last three centuries. "
......"The Hunterian Museum’s accompanying events programme, The Lens of Life has been supported by the Royal Society as part of their 350th
anniversary celebrations in 2010. "
Part press release, click here for full copy with more details of the 'Exhibition themes' and 'Key exhibits' list.
With thanks to Heather Casey of the RCS for the information.
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