Saturday, August 13, 2011

Monsters under the Lens

Dr Abe V Rotor

Remember Honey I Shrunk the Kids? Or Jurassic Park? Well, it's all in the lens.


Leafhopper, Nepothettix apicales (100x)

Take this leafhopper nymph, almost invisible to the naked eye. But once under the microscope, it grows into a giant and shows off its monstrous look. The living minutiae is full of make-believe monsters and many characters of fantasy land.

The microscope is an important study tool to adults and kids. It has long evolved from the model used by Anton van Leewenhoek, founder of microscopy, in the 18th century. Today, it is electronically operated and computerized. It can "see" the minutest things - the virus - and virtually the structure of chemical compounds, such as the DNA (Deoxyribose nucleic acid).

All you need is prepare the specimen, mount it, view, edit, organize and label. Print, save, send, or make PowerPoint presentation, documentary - all-in-one, if you may wish.

A drop of water from a pond when viewed and scanned under the lens transports you to another world, heretofore unknown to you, save bedtime stories and cartoons. This time, scenes and characters are real - and you are a part of them.

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