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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 95: September 2003.
Next update October 13th.


This oligochaete has diatoms and desmids in its gut, showing that it prefers the vegetarian 'dishes' on offer in a pond. Image by Wim van Egmond.

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Micro gastronomy - In this light hearted illustrated article, Wim van Egmond (Netherlands) looks at the feeding preferences of a range of micro-organisms by inspecting the contents of their transparent guts.

Mosquitoes - David Richman (USA) describes and illustrates some of the fascinating species of mosquito, particularly those found in the southern United States.

Larvaceans - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) presents an illustrated look at this intriguing form of marine life, includes video clip.

The Heine condenser. Part I. Some thoughts concerning a very useful substage accessory - Paul James (UK) provides a fascinating illustrated overview of this clever condenser design and how it operates.

A gallery of liquid crystal photomicrographs - Brian Johnston (Canada) shares an attractive selection of images with 'a brief discussion of what makes this form of matter so interesting'.

No formalin, no mercury fixatives. Part 2 - In the second part of this series, Walter Dioni (Mexico) suggests some reagents that are both accessible and that can be safely used by the amateur.

Fun with Photoshop Elements Part II - Ian Walker (UK) shares a second striking gallery of macroscopic and other subjects taken with a Coolpix 4500 and with various effects used.

Notes on simple polarisation experiments with micas using a student microscope - Micas are easy to study minerals and can be used to demonstrate interference colours and interference (conoscopic) figures. Includes an illustrated footnote on 'mica in the landscape' around the author's home. By Dave Walker (UK).


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