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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 97: November 2003.
Next update December 13th.


Image above shows the attractive desmid Micrasterias lux, photographed by Mike Dingley.

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Freshwater invertebrates from the Iowa Great Lakes region - An illustrated downloadable booklet with an excellent overview of some typical invertebrate groups found in these lakes and other suitable water bodies. Written by Charles Drewes (USA).

Ruminating on some 'secret' ciliates - Dave Furness (UK) presents an illustrated overview of some of the intriguing ciliates that live in the rumen of cattle.

Exploring the microscopic world with an IntelPlay QX3 microscope - Ian Jefferies (UK) shares an illustrated letter describing his family's first steps exploring the microscopic world.

Desmids of the genus Micrasterias from Australia's tropical north - Mike Dingley (Australia) describes and illustrates a selection of species from this attractive group of algae.

A vorticella colony - Howard Webb (USA) shares notes and images of this attractive organism.

Homage to the onion skin - Walter Dioni (Mexico) describes how this classic subject helped spark his lifelong interest in microscopy and uses it as an example to show the relative merits of many different lighting techniques.

A gallery of hippuric acid photomicrographs (using polarized light) - Brian Johnston (Canada) presents a beautiful selection of images using this classic chemical with accompanying notes on how to prepare such slides.

A preliminary look at the ciliates of sinkhole #25, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico - David Richman (USA) describes the ciliates he found in this fascinating habitat.

Autumn colours with the Fuji S2 and Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital cameras - Ian Walker (UK) presents an attractive selection of photographs celebrating the colours and textures in the northern England countryside.

The Heine condenser (part 2). Operational aspects and imagery - Paul James (UK) discusses and illustrates the versatility of this design of condenser.


Interesting web sites: The Macro Lens Collection Database - an impressive database of macro lenses compiled by Dr Klaus Schmitt.


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Microscopy Today
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Modern Microscopy
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Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
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