J D Möller's 4026 diatom form "Universum Diatomacearum Möllerianum".
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A virtual tour of the 4026 form arranged diatom slide prepared by J D Möller: The "Universum Diatomacearum Möllerianum" - Jef Schoors (Belgium). We welcome a new
contributor this month. With the cooperation of the staff at the Botanic Garden Meise, Jef was allowed to photograph, using their Olympus BX53 microscope, the most famous and intricately arranged diatom slide ever made. By stitching 36 images to create a 37 Mbyte 58 Mpixel composite, he shares a virtual tour of this unique slide to species level plus species list with a background article on Möller and his work. Image navigation script using Zoomify by Mol Smith.
DIY DIC in several colours - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico). We welcome a new contributor this month. Alejandro shows how simply made filters for the condenser filter tray can produce DIC type effects. (Multi formats available.)
Streptococcus of yogurt enhanced with several illumination techniques - Alejandro Arriel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico). A safe way of studying a bacterium using a household product. PDF
Constructing high power, low
cost LED lighting for stereo microscopes
- David Jewsbury (UK). We welcome a new contributor this month. David describes a lighting system that can be made from cheap commercial torches.
|How to use the World Diatomite Deposits Geo-location Database - Mol Smith (UK) using resources created by Steve Gill (UK). An ingenious addition to Google Maps developed by Steve Gill provides a map of where diatoms have been found by others and allows new additions by the user.
A Suter miscellany - Peter B Paisley (Australia). With the cooperation of a descendant (Helen Reed) of Suter's sister, an illustrated insight is provided into aspects of the famous mounter Suter's life, work and wider family that has never been reported to date. (Multi formats available.)
Eating tunicates (and crow): A long overdue update - Richard Howey (USA). Feedback on a past article reveals that tunicates can be eaten after all, although perhaps not a dish of first choice.
Mini-Micro-Macro Mounts - Richard Howey (USA). Richard discusses methods of mounting the larger awkwardly sized subjects for microscopy study and invites readers' to offer their own solutions.
Orbyt Design - 3D Modeling, 3D Printed Jewellery & Sculpture - Brett Orams (New Zealand) PDF Brett uses the fine images from sources such as Haeckel of diatoms and radiolaria to create intricate models using the latest high resolution 3D printing
techniques at Shapeways. Their lost wax process now permits models in metals such as gold, silver and steel.
Exploring classic insect test objects for the optical microscope: III - The wing scales of Morpho butterfly species - one of the oldest test objects but subject to intense modern research... and revealing an, as yet unsolved, historical puzzle - David Walker (UK) with prepared slide images by Brian Stevenson and Howard Lynk and SEM images by Andrew Syred.
An historical puzzle - the wing scales of 'Morpho menelaus' butterfly species - one of the oldest test objects for the optical microscope. Which species was being used for the earliest scale strews and related curiosities - David Walker (UK) and Howard Lynk (USA).
|Less well known microscopists: An occasional series. A short introductory note is offered with a selection of primary and secondary sources.
|Beatrix Potter, advanced amateur microscopist - compiled by David Walker (UK). Predating her popularity as a children's story writer and illustrator, she carried out original research on mycology and lichenology using the microscope as well as producing high quality illustrations of other subjects studied under the microscope.
From the archives: (Reformatted to html from other formats where necessary by Mol Smith)
Germination Of A Bean Photographs and article - Lily C. Gerhardt (USA). One of our most widely read articles written by a student from the 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology, NY macrophotography course. (Multi formats available.)
Wild stereomicroscopes - R Jordan Kreindler (USA). Probably the definitive article written to date on this famous maker's range. (Multiformats avilable.)
Micscape reverting back to monthly from bi-monthly. A decline in contributions prompted a trial run as a bi-monthly magazine from last March to the present. However, both Mol Smith (parent Microscopy-UK site owner / Micscape co-founder) and myself feel that the magazine works better in the monthly format even for issues
where there's relatively few new contributions received.
Over the years we have been online (our twentieth this year), our contributors have provided us with a wide variety of topics and we often rediscover articles from past issues ourselves in the site library. So in future issues, now monthly, we will share as before all new contributions received since a last issue and will add articles on one or more themes from the Archives.
David Walker, Micscape Editor
Microscopy-UK site on a faster dedicated server. Note from site owner and founder Mol
Our previous server host was creating slow running issues with our site. We
have just moved it to a fast virtual private server (VPS). This should clear up
the frustration we've all had using the site. There is likely to be a few
teething problems moving thousands of pages and many more thousands of images.
So... if you notice something odd, drop us a line!
Additional notes from Micscape Ed, David Walker.
The new site server is physically located in the UK rather than the USA. This means
that contributors' occasional implementation of the US 'Fair Use' policy (widely
used e.g. by Wikipedia) for third party images is no longer possible.
Moving the site of over 40 000 files and ca. 16 Gbytes was a daunting task
for Mol so a public thanks for his very hard work behind the scenes.
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