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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 133: November 2006.
Next update Dec. 13th. 

 Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at
the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.
Organised by course tutor Ted Kinsman.

Image right by Brian Johnston:
Benzoic acid crystals using polarised light.



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Special feature: Articles written by students on the Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program November 2006, at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY State, USA.

Micscape Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the students for sharing their enthusiasm and skills on such a wonderful variety of topics. Writing an article for Micscape formed part of their course assignment, which was a neat idea originally proposed by Ted Kinsman the course instructor for the 2004 course, to which we readily agreed to repeat for the 2006 course at his suggestion! Thanks to Ted for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen. Also thanks to Michael Peres, the dept. head for his introduction and for the department's generous collaboration.

Introduction to Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program at the Rochester Institute of Technology by Michael Peres, dept. head. Originally written for the 2004 course work.

The students would welcome feedback on their articles.  

How to photograph aquatic snails using the spike topped apple snail as an example, by Christa McChancy.

Desert plants by Michael Hakans. 

The Rocky Mountain wood tick (female) Dermacentor andersoni by Alycia Yee.

Fluorescent minerals by Robert Mays. 

Constrictors using ball pythons and red tailed boas as examples, by Katie Chmielewski. (In Acrobat pdf format).

A little something, about the marble, veil-tailed angelfish by Geoffrey Stein.

Purple pitcher plants Sarracenia purpurea by Heather Meers.

Lucky bamboo or is it? by Kathryn Lebbon.

Fluorescence illumination by Mary Mihajlov.

Russian tortoise by Kristin Konecki.

CombineZ5 use of this image stacking software by Katherine Lindquist. (In Acrobat pdf format).

The seahorse by Stefanie Carey.


    In focus: The Field Studies Council (UK) offers a variety of weekend and longer residential courses, many of interest to the microscopy enthusiast. Below are a selection of courses offered in 2007, these are at Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire. With thanks to Kit Brownlee for compiling this list.

    'Mosses & liverworts under the microscope' 9-11th Feb '07
    'Microscopy for botanists' 20-22nd April '07
    'Natural history and microscopy' 6-10th Aug '07


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Microscopio' for Spanish speakers

'Wild M20 microscope'
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Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

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Beyond Magazine science, microscopy for youngsters
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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

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