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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 139: May 2007.
Next update Jun. 13th. 


Image left: A leaf insect with remarkable adaptations for camouflage, photographed by Richard Howey.


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    Springtime in the North Sea - René van Wezel (Netherlands) shares an illustrated essay on the attractive diatoms that can be found at this time of year and which he studies in his professional work.

    All about hover flies - Colin Duke (UK) shares an extensive introduction to this fascinating insect group and includes photos of some of the species to be found in the UK.

    Making simple durable cells - Dan MacNeil (USA) describes a simple but effective technique for making cells of different thickness on microscope slides for studying aquatic microorganisms.

    Microscopes - Mol Smith (UK) provides a valuable illustrated overview for the beginner on the types of microscope available and typical prices when bought new.

    A trip into the past: part 5 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his affectionate look at the quirky aspects of some past American natural history magazines.

    A close-up view of the choke cherry - Brian Johnston (Canada) takes a macro and microscopic tour of this attractive plant.

    Mantids, stick insects, and centipedes - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay on some of the amazing adaptations of insects and reflects on the creation - evolution debate.

    A gallery of beta-alanine & dl-alpha-alanine photomicrographs - Brian Johnston (Canada) presents striking images of this amino acid using polarised light.

    Old Lindley Moor - Ian Walker (UK) 'takes a photographic stroll about footpaths and fields' in the countryside where he lives to show the value of short walks rather than long treks to fully appreciate the local flora and fauna.

    Also see our new monthly cartoon by Jon Cantin below.


    New monthly feature:  Introducing 'The Adventures of Stinky and Sticky'. We don't think microscopy as a hobby should be taken too seriously, so we are delighted to welcome Jon Cantin's cartoon on the antics of these two amoeba. For a background to their characters please visit the author's website where the author also shares his other interests.

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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.photomacrography2.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)
Microscopio' 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

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

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
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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