A Conversation for Electron Microscopes

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Post 1

Wal

Years ago, the science museum in London had a SEM which was available for people to play with.
It poined at a fly and I had great fun for about 20 minuntes playing around, zooming in on the eye, then the hairs between the eyes, then on the scales on the hairs.
When I got up to move on, I found I had attracted a croud of about 25 people who all thought I was doing an official demonstration - they were all quite disappointed when I left!


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Post 2

26199

Grin...

Hmm, this page could probably use a link to A275942 on how to build a scanning tunneling microscope... or the merging of the two, maybe...


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Post 3

Ste

Yeah, SEMs are great to play with!

I played with the one at Cardiff University for a while looking at various things. I love the compound eye of insects through one of them, it's amazing.

Stesmiley - earth


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Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

"Satrosphere", a technology exhibit here in Aberdeen, have an ancient electron microscope in their basement which bears an uncanny similarity to the rear end of an original 1940s Volkswagen Beetle... It's in a sort of hammerite grey finish, as high as my shoulders, very curved and has many ventilation slats. If I had a bigger flat I might have made them an offer for it... smiley - winkeye

(The "boot" opens to reveal the vacuum apparatus and objective area, and the output was through a seperate monitor screen. The flat side opposite the "boot" had many valves and switches, as I recall. I haven't seen it for about four years. smiley - scientist)


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Post 5

World Service Memoryshare team

Thanks for that link 26199 smiley - ok I've put it in smiley - smiley


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Post 6

26199

Well...

I did edit that one smiley - smiley

Can't have it being forgotten about...


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