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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1669
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1669d

Got a fancy for the microscopic world· If you're a scientist honing your microscopy techniques or just a Web spectator who wants to see what corn kernels look like up close, then drop by Nikon's MicroscopyU. Although slanted toward the company's own optical microscopes, the site, put together by microscopists who run the Molecular Expressions site at Florida State University, includes much material of broad interest. There are Java tutorials that let you tweak virtual microscopes, a forum for swapping tips, and a searchable microscopy dictionary. And, of course, there are dazzling image and movie galleries (including winners of an annual contest; see Science, 24 November 2000, p. 1495). See what mothballs look like under polarized light as they sublime, or witness amoebas oozing about and paramecia engaged in their version of sex.

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