Focus animation of a radiolarian


Here we have a focus animation of two radiolaria. The shells of these organisms are made of silica, which is similar to glass.

The uSCOPE MXII digital microscope

uSCOPE MX II digital microscope

The uSCOPE MXII microscope is a slide digitizer, which allows you to take overlapping pictures to be stitched together into a larger final image.

White balance and image quality

moss cells (level corrected)

Automatic white balance can greatly increase the information content of the images, it can also introduce color artifacts, however.

Plasmolysis of red onion cells

Animated GIF of red onion cells in salt water.

Adding salt water to red onion cells will cause the cytoplasm to lose water by osmosis. The cell’s content shrinks.

Monocots and Dicots

Maize stem (monocot)

Monocots and dicots can be distinguished by the arrangement of the vascular bundles.