MICSCAPE
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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 84: October 2002.
Next update November 13th.

Above: detail from an image of an Intel 486 CPU taken by Aaron Messing using epi-DIC. 
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Articles

A heavy calibre microscope lamp - Frithjof Sterrenburg (The Netherlands) describes a project for making a powerful microscope lamp for projection or high magnification phase / darkfield photography.

Exploration of human brain tissue - Gregor Overney (USA) takes a fascinating in-depth look at the structures of brain tissue that can be observed on commercially prepared sections; illustrated with high resolution images.

A 'good enough' stage micrometer - Howard Webb (USA) describes a neat project to make a workable stage micrometer by exploiting the high resolution printers many of us own nowadays.

A hand sharpener for a microtome knife - James Moran (USA) shares a simple but effective design of jig to sharpen microtome knives.

Post photographic improvements Part I - Paul James (UK) starts a new series for the beginner describing some of the basic digital manipulation techniques that can be applied to photomicrographs.

The virtues of broken and dirty specimens - Richard Howey (USA) takes an intriguing look at specimens that may be broken or dirty at the gross level but which are fascinating under the microscope. 

Topical tips 12: formalin and formaldehyde - Walter Dioni (Mexico) clarifies the correct terminology, uses and desired concentrations of this versatile reagent when used in microscopy. 

What's in a name? - Bill Amos (USA) takes a delightful tour of some of the more curious and humorous Latin names that some critters have been burdened with.

Image galleries

Nikon Coolpix 4500 photomicrographs and macrophotographs - Ian Walker (UK) shares some images taken using this latest model evolved from the popular Coolpix 900 series.

A selection of images from the manmade and natural world - Aaron Messing (USA) shows some unusual photomicrographs including the inside of a 486 chip and the data pits on a CD-ROM.

Some images in cross polar illumination - Brian Darnton (UK) shows a striking collection of images of crystals and natural objects.

Desmid image gallery - Bills Ells (UK) shares images of a rare desmid found in Scotland.
 
 

Other updates

Microscopy-UK video gallery:
John Cravens (USA) has kindly submitted an attractive animated gif image of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) crystallising. A larger VGA sized animation is available on the author's website.
Garry DeLong has allowed us to share some delightful pond life mpeg video clips. We've added two clips of gastrotrichs and of a heliozoan. The former seem relatively little studied by enthusiasts so why not seek them out. Further well observed video clips of pond life are on his home pages.

Gordon Couger's microscopy links - Gordon is continually adding new web site links to this valuable collection specifically chosen for the microscopy enthusiast. Hosted on Gordon's web site.


 
News: A stunning image gallery by winners of the popular Nikon Small World 2002 Competition is displayed on Nikon's MicroscopyU website. Congratulations to all winners, including three Micscape contributors; Wim van Egmond (3rd and 6th place), Loes Modderman (7th place) and Aaron Messing (8th place). A freely downloadable screensaver incorporating some winning images is offered on the site and entries for next years competition are invited ... why not have a go!

 
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