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Exploring the miniature world
 Issue 76: February 2002.
Next update March 13th.

Image above: Pollen grains from a yellow tulip germinating on onion skin. (Detail of an image taken by Chris Thomas.)
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Spring flowers and pollen germination - a web resource carefully compiled by Chris Thomas (UK) to report the results of his fascinating and informative study of pollen germination for a wide range of spring flowers. 
The simple technique of germinating pollen on onion skins and ease of monitoring the results, offers plenty of scope for projects both for school students and microscopy enthusiasts.
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Group portrait of microorganisms. Making an art work for the Natuurmuseum, Rotterdam - Wim van Egmond has created a stunning display of smaller aquatic life on glass panels for this museum in The Netherlands. The behind the scenes work involved is described and the delightful portraits of each organism are shown.

35 mm photomicrography techniques: Automated focus and exposure - Larry Jenkins (USA) has built an ingenious dedicated electronic flash unit that automatically controls exposure and also a camera adaptor that is parfocal with the eyepiece view. The project details and some results are shown.

A pocket full of microorganisms - David Richman (USA) shares some stunning coloured plates from Pritchard's 1845 book 'History of Infusoria, Living and Fossil'.

A simple design works just fine. A Microset from the 1930s. - Guido Santacana (Puerto Rico) describes a simple but functional microscope set from the pre-WWII era.

Daphnia collecting techniques and discoveries Part IV - Howard Webb (USA) describes some homemade collecting and filtering equipment for studying water fleas and other larger plankton.

The condenser. None too technical thoughts concerning the brightfield condenser - Paul James (UK) gives a useful overview of some condenser designs and discusses their features and limitations.

Troglodytes - Bill Amos (USA) reflects on the intriguing smaller fauna and flora that have adapted to cave life.

Actinophrys, a well known sun animalcule - Chitchai Chantangsi (Thailand) describes and illustrates this beautiful microorganism.

Notes on choosing the correct eyepiece and relay lens for photomicrography with digital cameras - Ted Clarke (USA) shows with examples the importance of correctly matching optics in digital photography.

How to form a minifera - Richard Howey (USA) shares some practical tips for collecting and observing foraminifera; a fascinating group of microorganisms.

Microscopy links - Gordon Couger (USA) has compiled a useful selection of links to microscopy web sites with a particular emphasis on those dealing with practical topics. To be updated by the author and suggestions for sites to add are welcomed.

In focus: A selection of web sites of interest to the microscopy enthusiast. Let us know of sites you've found useful, and if a large web site, what features were of particular interest.

Microscopies: A web site for French speaking amateur microscopists. Thank you to the webmaster Michel Pratx who has summarised the site's aims: 
'The site http://www.MicrOscOpieS.com/ aims at promoting amateur microscopy in French-speaking countries where it has never developed, whereas it has in English-speaking countries.
This site brings in all the necessary tools for beginners and it will grow
all the more interesting as more and more internauts will share and enrich it thanks to the online Magazine and the Newsgroup.

OnLine Invertebrate Lab: A superb suite of web pages on invertebrate anatomy, which include descriptions and dissection guides as well as notes on microscopy technique. Thank you to Richard Fox, Professor of Biology at Lander University, South Carolina who wrote and compiled the resource for permission to link.


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