MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world

Issue 253 : April 2017 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue May 13th 2017.

Above. Scales of the fern Elaphoglossum.
Image by Richard Howey.

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Practicing scales - Richard Howey (USA) shares an illustrated essay on the examples of the variety of forms and microstructure of scales which can be found in nature.

Protozoa bio-diversity from a large suburban pond in Sydney, Australia - David G Seamer (Australia) shares some of his splendid drawings of microorganisms taken from live specimens. PDF

Ed Horsnaill of Dover. Notes on his materials, his connections and possible sources - Peter Paisley (Australia) presents an illustrated article on this less well known slide preparer. (Also available in DOC format. Save to local computer and read in word processing software using View / Web Layout rather than Print layout.)

Display - Richard Howey (USA) describes and illustrates the attractive marine organisms which he has in a display.

A gallery of drawings of protists and algae from Australian habitats - David G Seamer (Australia) presents a further attractive gallery of microorganisms drawn live after collection from a variety of named habitats. PDF

How big is Streptococcus in yogurt? - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) illustrates procedures for measuring microorganisms as small as bacteria to a good accuracy. PDF

Ben. An African land snail—a macro study, part 2. - Mol Smith (UK) illustrates the snail being brought out of hibernation.

The 12 in one microscope - Alejandro Ariel Garcia Arriaga (Mexico) reviews the techniques presented in recent articles that can be used on any compound microscope by using simple modifications. PDF

Micscape Lite - contributors sharing their other interests

A comparative review of five brands of molecular model kits. With notes on the educational merits of kits in an age of software. - David Walker (UK) compares five current major brands (ChemKits, Minit, Molecular Visions (Darling Models), Molymod, Orbit) with 'Molecules in the News' in Spring 2017 supplement (heptacene, the 'elusive' triangulene and a molecular machine - a ratchet). PDFs

    Note on printing web page based articles. Note from Mol Smith, site owner and co-webmaster.
    Several people have contacted us when trying to print out our articles using the browser PRINT facility. The browser print does not work with our site as we make extensive use of frames. Please instead use our built-in print option. Select the TOOLS icon in the menu bar, click it. Our print option is there. You can RESTORE THE MENU afterwards to continue to navigate our site.
    Micscape editor David Walker's note. With thanks to Mol for speedily adding script to solve this problem when our readers helpfully made us aware of the problem.

    Forum for Micscape contributors. My colleague Mol writes:
    We have opened a contributors area. Authors past and present should go here. Contributors can now see how well their articles are doing and get help contributing. A link to the contributors area is now linked in our main menu above under the TOOLs option.

    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!


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External links. Updated June 2016. 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.
forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
Amateur Microscopy P (started November 2008)
Yahoo Diatom Forum P
Microscope P (>1500 members, very active)
Wild M20 microscope
microcosmo (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
CombineZ P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Facebook groups:
Amateur Microscopy (>1000 members, very active)

'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers.
Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. Wide 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 (also see Societies and Clubs page.)
Royal Microscopy Society Journal, 'infocus' and other resources for members and the community.
Quekett Microscopical Club Journal, Bulletin and meetings for members.
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books collated by Steve Gill formerly on CD and now free on Micscape.
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .
Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen
Microbe hunter a free monthly microscopy enthusiast magazine edited by Oliver Kim
Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
Independent Generation of Research (IGoR) - Wiki style resource for citizen scientists to share their work.
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Lens On Leeuwenhoek - extensive resource online by Douglas Anderson
Collected Letters of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ('Alle de Brieven ..') transcribed and free online at DBNL.
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
Klaus Kemp's 'Diatoms' website - offers regional strews and arranged prepared slides of diatoms, an 8 form test slide, radiolaria, insect scales etc and prepares arranged slides on commission.
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource .
Victorian slide makers
Cambridge rocking microtome resources including manual
www.willemsmicroscope.com Dutch enthusiast Willem Cramer's website
David Jackson's Better Microscopy blog. Regularly updated free resources extending from his 'Better Microscopy' series of books.
Stefano Barone's Diatom Shop
sale of his own prepared and arranged slides of diatoms, radiolaria and forams.

Stefano Barone's 'Microworlds' blog regularly updated blog and diary where Stefano showcases and discusses the typical examples of the slides he has prepared.

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