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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 135: January 2007.
Next update Feb. 13th. 


Image left: Cacti offer striking macrophotography opportunities
as shown by the image taken by Brian Johnston in the article below.


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    Microscopy-UK International Image Gallery: Maurice (Mol) Smith, the Microscopy-UK / Micscape site founder and administrator, has provided a new area for readers and contributors to freely share their images and video clips. It's designed to be easy to use and hoped that it will be particularly used by those who may wish to share images but don't wish to write an article; site contributors are also very welcome to use it. Please read the FAQ before using. With thanks to Mol for setting this up.

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    Reading (UK) Convention: This popular annual meeting for microscopy enthusiasts will take place on March 10th. Please click links for programme and registration. Details kindly supplied by Kit Brownlee.

    Book notice: 'The Sphagnum Ponds of Simmelried in Germany: A Biodiversity Hot-Spot for Microscopic Organisms' by Martin Kreutz, Wilhelm Foissner. This looks a fascinating book for the microscopist and excellent value, see publisher's website for details. At Amazon (UK) for less than £10 and there's an on screen view only version for a tiny sum from publisher's website. Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology book revew (pdf format). With thanks to Steve Neeley for spotting it and for providing the links.

    Book Notice: 'Plankton' by Chitchai Chantangsi and Malinee Chutmongkonkul. Chitchai is a past Micscape contributor and co-authored this book on plankton in Thailand while still a student. It's sumptiously illustrated in full colour and written in Thai but much to enjoy with the extensive illustrations, diagrams and family / species indexes in Latin. See University of Guelph book review. With many thanks to Chitchai and his brother for sending the complementary copy.

    Paper: 'A possible biogenic origin for hydrogen peroxide on Mars: the Viking results reinterpreted' by J M Houtkooper and D Schulze-Makuch. A fascinating paper available free in English as a downloadable pdf from Cornell University Library Archive. With thanks to Gregor Overney who spotted it and for the link.

    Tip: Printing articles
    Explorer 7.0: The new version of Microsoft's browser does a much better job than previous versions for printing web pages with text / images. Images aren't fragmented and layout is usually retained. In 'Print Preview' choose 'Only the selected frame' from drop down menu at top. Then select % reduction to suit.


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External links. 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.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles 
www.photomacrography.net forums, galleries, articles


Yahoo groups: a 'P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Microscope' P (>1500 members, very active)
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Microscopio' for Spanish speakers

'Wild M20 microscope'
'Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto'
'microcosmo'  (for Italian speaking enthusiasts)

(Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)

Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. wide range of articles and resources in German.

Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers.

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net  articles and other resources

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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