What is darkfield and brightfield microscopy?

What is darkfield and brightfield microscopy?

Source: Nuhsbaum What is darkfield and brightfield microscopy? It sounds like something out of Star Wars! But, unfortunately neither gives us special powers. That doesn’t mean that darkfield and brightfield microscopy aren’t still fascinating. Not a Superpower — Super...
Behind the Microscope: Rosalind Franklin

Behind the Microscope: Rosalind Franklin

Source: Brittanica James Watson and Francis Crick are names you undoubtedly know from your high school biology class. They are often credited with one of the biggest discoveries in the world of microscopy: the double-helix structure of DNA. But there’s one name that...
Behind the Microscope: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Behind the Microscope: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Source: Unsplash Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is a Dutch microscopist who was the first to observe bacteria and protozoa through the use of a single-lens microscope. He is widely considered to be “the Father of Microbiology”. In this iteration of “Behind the Microscope,”...
Different Types of Microscopes

Different Types of Microscopes

Source: Unsplash If you’re new to the world of microscopy, you may still be getting used to the terminology. When you hear “microscope”, what kind of microscope do you think about? A typical, old-fashioned kind with a small lens and large light source? Or one that...
Microscopic Authentication of Herbal Products

Microscopic Authentication of Herbal Products

Source: Unsplash Have you ever made a nice cup of warm tea on a rainy day and thought: “I wonder if this herbal tea has been authenticated by microscopic analysis?” No, just me? Ok… you’re probably not thinking that, but it’s a good thing you don’t because you never...
Aberration and other light distortions

Aberration and other light distortions

Source: Unsplash That’s no moon! That’s… a distortion of our specimen caused by a phenomenon called aberration. (Is it safe to assume the Venn diagram of Star Wars fans and microscope enthusiasts is a circle?) Aberration, in optics, is the deviation of light rays...