Microscopes using mobile phone cameras

Not really a cancer post, but certainly an interesting idea.  Researchers in America are developing a new way of using the camera on a mobile phone,  to take pictures of microscope slides when you don’t have access to a full blown laboratory.  This sort of thing will probably be of most use in the [...]


What can I do with a lidl microscope?


So you got a lidl microscope for Christmas and you are wondering what you can do with it? There are lots of websites out there that can help you get the most out of your microscope. Just goggling “amateur microscopy” will bring up 28,000 hits so there is plenty of stuff out there. A great place to start is “Emergency Kit of Things to See – What Can I see with my new microscope?” This is on the Microscopy UK website, which has a whole host of articles and information, although the site itself looks a bit dated and it is worth digging around to see what you can find. [...]


2016 - A New Year

Happy New Year!  2016 is here, and I will be updating my News blog again on a daily (or almost daily basis).

I’ve had a quick scan of my favourite websites and there is lots to write about, several new bits of research have caught my eye including the effect of blood sugar levels [...]


Amateur Scientists and Open Source Biology

This is another geeky post. I’ve come across a couple of links discussing “do-it-yourself research”. As yesterdays post just discussed, modern medical research is extremely expensive, so how on earth could you do it yourself? Some people are trying to make science cheaper and more accessible so anyone can do it.

What’s all this [...]


Wellcome Image Awards 2015

Last night the winners of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards were announced. So what?  The Wellcome Trust are the UK’s largest charity and they fund medical research. The also hold an impressive library in London which is open to the public and they maintain a very large database of images.

Every year they select [...]


Microscopes in Aberdeenshire!


This is a bit of an odd post, but for those of you who are interested, the Lidl store in Inverurie (in the new retail park) have about 7 microscopes for sale. Yes, that’s right, you can pick up a light microscope along with your cheap German sausages. I don’t know if any other [...]