Micro-organisms living on the appendages of a mosquito larvae.
Image by Michael Much.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 106: August 2004.
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Rotifers as 'parasites' - Michael Much (USA) shares some attractive images of rotifers and other micro-organisms living on a mosquito larvae and reflects on the nature of the relationship between them and the host.

A close-up view of the wild flower 'lesser burdock' - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series on the attractive macro and microscopic features of wild flowers that we often take for granted.

Image gallery: photomicroscopy and astrophotography using a mobile phone camera - Nicolas White (UK) tries holding a mobile phone camera over a microscope and telescope for imaging and finds quite acceptable results can be obtained.

Aptenia cordifolia. A small illustrated monograph - Walter Dioni (Mexico) explores aspects of the interesting microstructure of this plant with the aid of a homemade botanical slicer and various lighting techniques.

What did it cost then? An insight into the value of microscopes of the 1920's period - Paul James (UK) takes a fascinating look back at the price in relative terms of microscopes then and now.

Trials on scanning prepared microscope slides of large subjects using a Nikon Coolscan IV 35 mm film scanner - David Walker (UK) assesses how well a slide scanner using a homemade slide holder can provide an image compared with other digital imaging routes.

Other articles - contributors sharing their wider interests in nature, the landscape and photography:

South Pennine landscapes - Ian Walker (UK) continues a photographic essay of his local countryside and shows the attractive nature and scenery around an upland reservoir.


In focus:
'Opera House harbours small ambitions' ('The Age' article, July 22nd 2004) -
A tiny model only 60 microns long of the Sydney Opera House has been created by researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia using the rapidly developing technology of micro-photonics. The technique uses a computer guided laser to build the model from a mixture of glass and polymer.

'World's tiniest fish identified' (BBC News Jul 24th 2004) - the stout infant fish, where the adult male is only 7mm long, has recently been described. It lives off the Great Barrier Reef and it becomes the new holder of the "world's smallest vertebrate" title.

'CASIO Develops World's First Transparent Ceramic Lens Using Murata's LUMICERA (CASIO UK press release, with thanks to the DPreview site for spotting and highlighting it). - The material has a stated refractive index of 2.08, cf 1.5-1.85 for optical glass. The press release notes its potential benefits for camera lens design. Perhaps this optical material also has potential for microscopy optics?

Olympus 'Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition' - a challenging competition for microscopists with attractive prizes. Closing date 7th September 2004.

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