From the Archives - A quiet month, so enclosed below is the magazine issue published five years ago in September 2011.
Metallic flies in need of identification - Anthony Thomas (Canada) studies a species of blowfly for identification; illustrated with striking photographs taken using a macro set-up and stacking techniques. (In
Acrobat® pdf format.)
Colonies of Stentor polymorphus associated with Ramshorn snails - Chris Thomas (UK) shares a video with notes showing a Stentor colony on an unusual substrate hitching a ride.
The great age of the Taschenmikroskop, part 3 - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) present the third part of their series on selected designs of pocket microscopes with a modern assessment of their use. (In
Acrobat® pdf format.)
Identifying a myxomycete and, a long-forgotten attempt of placing the Myxomycetes among the protists - Manuel
del Cerro (USA) and Dietmar R. Krause (USA) explore an example found in a country park.
A close-up view of the corn cob Euphorbia - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the
macro and microscopic features of this plant.
Macro photography in the field using a mini-Dobsonian short-tube reflecting telescope - Michael Gibson (UK) describes the use of a macro set-up with a useful very long working distance.
More than a microscopist:
remarks on the life and work of William Barwell Turner (1845 –
1917) - Peter Paisley (Australia) shares an in-depth study of the fascinating life and work of this mounter who had a working background in the brewing industry. Also in doc file format where A4 printing layout retained.
A simple halogen/LED
lighting source modification - Paul James (UK) shares 'a very
basic yet practical alteration for the novice or seasoned
Pandora's box. The diatoms of Sullivant & Wormley 1859 - the late (2016) Frithjof Sterrenburg (Netherlands) shares a fascinating diatom detective story and which illustrates the importance of taxonomy studies.
The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Fixing with Clarke’s fixative - Staining
with Blue 1, and Eosin - the late (2016) Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.
Another marine mystery: A sea
cucumber with jaws??? - Richard Howey (USA) studies a sea cucumber with evidence of pedicellaria and describes the function of this organ in their usual association with star fish and sea urchins.
A close-up view of Arctic Jacob's Ladder - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.
Trials of commercial and homemade microslides
(capillary tubes): colonisation by micro-organisms in a back yard pond - David Walker (UK) shares his experiences to date using this method of studying aquatic microhabitats; with stills and video clips of the type of organism found.