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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 82: August 2002.
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Image above by Walter Dioni. The bulb of a human hair mounted in nail polish, imaged in oblique lighting.
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Human histology for amateur microscopists - Gregor Overney (USA) gives an informative illustrated overview of this rewarding aspect of microscopy.

Renovating an old relic: A Watson Royal microscope - Hugh Clayton (UK) describes his progress in bringing back an example of this classic microscope back into use.

A slide ringer made from a discarded VCR - John Moran (USA) shows how an excellent slide ringing table can be made from the video head of a discarded video tape recorder. 

About microscopy and the chemistry of nail polish - Walter Dioni (Mexico) reports on the results of his continuing studies on the usefulness of nail polish as a slide mountant.

Further adventures with a field microscope: Cryptobiotic soil - Wayne Lanier (USA) gives a fascinating account of his travels in the USA and the subjects that can be studied with a field microscope.

Leftovers - Richard Howey (USA) describes how some of the discarded items from the domestic medicine cabinet can be useful to the microscopy enthusiast.

An introduction to the polariscope and fern scales - Brian Darnton (UK) looks at this popular subject of Victorian slides and describes which ferns are suitable to recreate this type of mount.

Image gallery: The desmid genus Spirotaenia - Bill Ells (UK) shares some images and notes on this genus of an attractive group of algae.

Habitat for Lab Specimens and other uses for Common Household Items - Gordon Couger (USA) suggests some useful items around the home that can be used for storage and culturing; the article includes a method for making a Winogradsky column for microbial growth studies and discusses safety issues. 

Phase microscopy. Is it worth having? - Paul James (UK) provides the 'nuts and bolts for the prospective user' based on his own experiences.

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