Posts of the Category: Editorial
Here are some more or less personal thoughts relating to amateur microscopy – or microbe hunting – as I like to call it.
It’s time to write another short editorial and to summarize some of the trends of the past 3 weeks. The Magazine Today we celebrate the download of the 500th MicrobeHunter magazine, and I expect the download frequency to go up with every issue. Currently I’m working on the next issue (for Feb. 2011), which will [...]
“How many cells are there in a 9-year old tree, in a flower and in an elephant?” – I was asked this question recently by an elementary school teacher, and I, as a biologist, should naturally know this answer. The students found out, by research, that the adult human body contains an estimated 10 trillion [...]
Today something different! I found some cartoons and comics relating to microscopy. Here are the links: Cartoons 1 | Cartoons 2
Today, I’d like to continue my thoughts on microscopy as a hobby. I tried to brainstorm a list of strengths and opportunities as well as areas of improvements. In a previous article I already mentioned that (in my personal view), recreational microscopy as not as well established as other recreational sciences. In particular, I compared [...]
I’ve now installed a microscopy forum which adds an extra level of organization by pre-defining certain categories. It is also not necessary to register in order to use the forum.
In this post, I’m pondering about amateur microscopy and astronomy. There is an evident imbalance and I wonder why.
A quick Google search of the term “microbe hunting” revealed 2460 hits, the term “microbe hunter” a mere 21300 hits. The combination of these words with “amateur microscopy” returned a total of… 1 and 4 hits respectively. This is not much. The one returned hit is particularly interesting. It is from Popular Science, September 1934, [...]