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The importance of mounting medium refractive index
The refractive indes (RI) of the mounting medium can have a significant impact on the image quality.
How to observe red blood cells
Red blood cells (also known as erythrocytes) are responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Unlike other cells, red blood cells do not have a nucleus (they have lost it during development). The available space can now be used to carry hemoglobin, the red pigment which carries oxygen. The […]
Why should you never touch the bulb of a microscope lamp?
Microscope bulbs should never be touched with bare hands, as the grease deposited on the lamp will cause its breakage.
How do you make dry-mounted permanent slides?
Dry-mounted permanent slides do not use a mounting medium. It is necessary to hold the cover glass in place using adhesive tape.
Trypanosoma brucei gambiense
This parasite is spread over the tsetse fly and causes the sleeping sickness.
What are the advantages of using a blue filter for microscopy?
A blue daylight filter is able to remove red parts of the color spectrum when using tungsten or halogen lamps, giving the micrograph a cooler color.
What are the pros and cons of concave microscope slides?
Concave microscope slides have either one or two depressions to hold larger specimens.
Monocots and Dicots
Monocots and dicots can be distinguished by the arrangement of the vascular bundles.
Creating Image Mosaics
Image mosaics are composed of many individual tiles, which are color-matched.
Growing Algae in a Jar
A drop of inorganic fertilizer greatly enhances the growth of algae in a mini-aquarium.
Paramecia are single-celled organisms, belonging to the group of protozoa. They are covered with cilia, which beat and move the cell in the water. Diluted milk was added to the sample to make the water movement visible.
Focus Animation of a Water Flea
Be patient as the picture loads…. The top image is a focus animation of a water flea, the bottom one a rocking GIF made with Picolay. Both images give a sense of depth perception. It appears as if there are two smaller organisms carried in the back of the mother. The dark spots are […]