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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 195: January 2012.
Next update February 13th.



The image left shows a marine copepod taken by Jean-Marie Cavanihac.



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Issue 195 - January 2012 : Articles this month

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Marine copepods - Jean-Marie Cavanihac (France) describes and illustrates aspects of these ubiquitous organisms. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

A close-up view of a lady's slipper orchid hybrid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this striking plant.

John William Reed, 1843 - 1899 - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this slide mounter noted for his botanical subjects. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Euplectella aspergillum: Part III. Sponges, design and natural order - Richard Howey (USA) continues his series on aspects of this fascinating organism.

Mrs. Malaprop discovers natural history - Richard Howey (USA) shares an essay on how this lady may have tackled the study of nature.

Introducing children to the micro-life of Fish Lake - Ted Clarke (USA) shares his experiences of encouraging youngsters to explore freshwater life.

A seamless wide field substage condenser (part 1) - Paul James (UK) describes the use of 'a gem conjured from the scrap heap'.

A most remarkable objective - Fritz Schulze (Canada) describes a catadioptric objective made by Newton.

Stone centipedes up close - Anthony Thomas (Canada) shares an illustrated article exploring a centipede on the macro and micro scale. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Edward Ward, 1844 - 1901 - Brian Stevenson (USA) shares an illustrated essay on this slide mounter. (In Acrobat pdf format.)

Water flea waltz - Wim van Egmond (Netherlands), a researcher at the 'Max Plankton Institute', presents video footage with audio which clearly demonstrates that some waterfleas of the genus Daphnia have musical talents.

In Focus:

Microscopy themed stamps, recent issue: A set of stamps have recently been brought out to commemorate the Dutch society for microbiology (NVvM), which celebrated its centenary in 2011 and has now been 'rewarded the predicate Royal (Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology, KNVM)'. Thank you to René van Wezel for this information.

BBC News web site 'Spider web threads': Stunning cape and scarf with intricate patterns, woven from the silk thread from Golden Orb spiders which took seven years collecting silk from over a million spiders. The rich gold is the true colour of the silk thread.


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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 on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby' P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy' P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo ' ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. W ide 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
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD. (Hosted by Savona Books).
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
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
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

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

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