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Exploring the miniature world
 Issue 79: May 2002.
Next update June 13th.

Image above taken by Jean-Marie Cavanihac. A skeletal structure of a sea urchin.
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Sea urchins revisited - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) describes and illustrates some fascinating microscopic features of sea urchins and includes a delightful

Topical tips 10 - printing a calibrated reticle - Larry Jenkins (USA) shares a neat way of creating a usable eyepiece reticle by printing on clear sheet. A
downloadable image file to print out is supplied.

A bit of basic microtechnique as applied to protists - Richard Howey (USA) provides many practical suggestions for studying protozoa, including slowing
their movement when studying live and preserving techniques.

The binocular head - Paul James (UK) gives some useful advice on the setting up and testing of a binocular head to ensure comfortable viewing.

Microscopy links - compiled by Gordon Couger (USA). An updated set of microscopy web sites. Suggestions for sites to add are welcomed.

From the library: It's a slim issue this month, with enthusiasts out and about collecting and observing, so below are a selection of past articles from the online library which we hope are of interest.

Inverted microscopes - a users valuable first impressions. Jul.98. David Goldstein (USA).

Bees, microscopy and mathematics - a fascinating look at the honeybee, e.g. ever wondered why honeycomb 'cells' are hexagonal? Sep.98. Anne Bruce (Scotland).

'Those who live in glass houses' - an introduction to the wonders of diatoms, illustrated by superb line drawings Oct.97. Bill Amos (USA) and Wim van Egmond (The Netherlands).

Finding the recent chalk makers - a guide to where to hunt for beautiful microscopic subjects on a beach, and the sort of coastline to look for. Aug.98. Brian Darnton (UK).

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Beyond Magazine March 2002 This sister magazine uses cutting edge Web technology to present science and nature, including microscopy, in both a fun and educational way.
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