infocus is the Royal Microscopical Society’s Magazine for members. It provides a common forum for scientists & technologists who use any form of microscope and includes all branches of microscopy
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Planetary ice is a multiphase material consisting of solid ice, particulates, gas inclusions, and in some cases liquid and precipitates. The size, shape and arrangement of particulates and the size and connectivity of voids can reveal something about depositional history and past climate.Download
This research was carried out to demonstrate the ability of a tiny computer (a Jetson Xavier NX) to view and then capture images seen using a 3D printed microscope and a Raspberry Pi camera. The 3D printed microscope was previously printed in the lab using the OpenFlexure project, and all the materials were sent to me so that I was able to construct the microscope myself and safely work from home.Download
The aim of this project was to study the dynamics of platelet actin nodules using TIRF microscopy and image analysis, in order to investigate the effects of different inhibitors on nodule dynamics.Download
Noise in images is the random grainy effect seen on the picture. This is produced by the random distribution of light (photons) falling on the camera detector and the electronics in the detector. Noise can be produced by the movement of electrons during the process of reading the detector’s pixels, from the heat in the detector, or a fixed pattern of noise across the detector due to variations in the pixels.Download
Bleaching is a last-resort method used by textile conservators to preserve historic textiles. The process removes stains but can give rise to structural damage on the fibre level.Download
With a raft of ground-breaking discoveries, publications and high-profile conference appearances, today’s leading scientific figures might be familiar faces across the microscopy community. But what makes these great minds tick? What pearls of wisdom might they be able to offer the rest of us? And – perhaps most revealingly - what do these characters get up to in their spare time?Download
Science has limits imposed by the laws of physics that constrain discoveries and the advance of knowledge. In microscopy, up until the beginning of the 21st century, the diffraction limit of light was an unbreakable barrier.Download