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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 155: September 2008.
Next update October 13th. 


Image left: a bdelloid rotifer in genus Mniobia, image by Walter Dioni.



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Issue 155 - September 2008 : Articles this month

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    A key to the genera of rotifer Bdelloidea. Part 1 - Walter Dioni (Mexico) shares the first of a three part series on the biology and identification of this class of rotifer. (The author has shared the original French version on the Microscopies website.)

    A scanning electron microscope in the dining room - Ted Kinsman (US) shares his experiences of running a 1982 SEM in a domestic environment, with overview of specimen preparation procedures and an image gallery.

    S-glutamic acid - Robert Pavlis (USA) describes polar studies with this chemical which is readily available from e.g. food stores.

    Eight petrographic and student polar microscopes from the golden years - Greg McHone (Canada) shares an illustrated survey of commonly found models from major makers.

    A close-up view of the 'pin cushion' flower - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the features of this attractive plant on the macro and microscopic scale.

    Nineteenth century British microscopy and natural history: Part 9 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series on fascinating aspects of old journals.

    A close-up view of the 'Japanese Pieris' - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the attractive features of this plant.

    A crystalline herbal and bestiary: A journey to an alien world Part 8 - Richard Howey (USA) concludes his illustrated fantasy where the author visits an alien planet with a local host describing its exotic fauna and flora.

    The horseman of the apocalypse. A microscopic view. Part 1 - Manuel del Cerro (Canada) describes and illustrates some prepared slides of diseases that have devastated mankind.

    Diatom Pleurosigma angulatum - a versatile 'demonstration' subject - David Walker (UK) illustrates how this common diatom slide can be used to illustrate some principles of optical microscopy and assess contrast enhancement techniques.


    In Focus:
    Nikon Small World Competition 2008 - as a prelude to the announcement of this year's winners on October 15th, Nikon have a fun 'Identify the Image Challenge' daily quiz where the subject of five winning images have to be guessed, the five images changing daily. A 'Popular Vote Contest' is also running showing all 115 winning images for readers to vote for their own favourites.

    Reader's query - deep sea 'scales': Hugh Grenfell of Geomarine would appreciate any help identifying the nature of the 'scales' shown. Click images below to view larger. Hugh writes:
    We have come across these strange calcareous "scales" (pics attached) in deep sea samples (914m) off the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. There is a large diversity of form (only 3 shown here). Would be great if anyone can shed some light on them!! 

    Chinese language editions of Micscape: We have received a request from the Chinese website 'Microimage' about the possibility of them translating and sharing a selection of Micscape articles in a regular downloadable Chinese 'Micscape' edition in pdf format. An English summary of their site is at: http://www.microimage.com.cn/englsh.html where they remark 'Microimage is the first professional website for microscopes and microscope imaging systems in China'. 'Microimage' already publish their own three monthly e-zine.

    We are pleased at the opportunity for contributors' material to be shared to such a potentially large audience and help raise an awareness of enthusiast microscopy. Website traffic monitoring engines like Alexa suggest that China is now by far Microscopy-UK website's largest readership.

    'Microimage' will be choosing a selection of past articles in liaison with us which they would be interested in sharing and contributor's will be contacted by the Micscape Editor for permission. The Micscape Editor would like to thank 'Microimage' staff for their interest and Tina, an Editor at 'Microimage', for liaison.


We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it! Have a chat with us , to see how we can help share your interests. Submission guidelines .

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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.amateurmicrography.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)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' 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

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V.  W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

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
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

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

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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