Pharyngula

Leeuwenhoek is drooling in his grave

Ooh, ick, I guess that’s a really disgusting zombie image. But anyway, look at this: a cheap and easy DIY photomicrography setup.

Back in the day, I once built a homely kludge consisting of our very expensive microscope, a nice 35mm SLR, and a bit of cardboard and duct tape to hold it exactly the right distance from the eyepieces that did sort of the same thing. And then we had a lab in cell biology at the start of the semester in which students looked at a variety of cell types and were asked to draw them…and all over the room students were just whipping out their cell phones, aiming them down the eyepieces, and taking photos instead.

Maybe we’re getting to the point where we can save the department a whole lot of money on those low-end student scopes and instead build a bunch of these little frames and ask our students to bring their cell phones to lab.

Comments

  1. […] By PZ Myers […]

  2. #2 Nick Theodorakis
    October 26, 2013

    Thanks, PZ! Sharing this on social media.

  3. #3 Marcus Webster
    United States
    November 3, 2013

    I’ve had the same thought, PZ. Check out this bit from the http://on.wsj.com/1h9RCDJ

    Microscopy as we know it is going the way of film photography.

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