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Human Dog Pig Rabbit Fish Frog
Bacteria Protists
Butterfly Dragonfly Honeybee Housefly Mosquito
Insect Parts
Eye Mouth Wing
Pine Fern Ipomoea Lillium Zea
Plant Parts
Leaf Root Stem CS Stem LS

I've Transferred To A New Host

The new host is case sensitive and my old host was not. So, any errors I made in being consistent with the case will now be a problem. I'm sorry! I am fixing them. But, if you come across a link that where I was not case sensitive, you will probably end up back at the main biology page again. I'm working to fix. If you discover such errors, please let me know and I will fix. Thank you!

A Shiny New Microscope

This Shiny New Microscope
It all begins with a microscope and some professionally prepared biological slides. The microscope is a beauty: it is binocular, with built in LED light source, coarse and fine focus controls, X-Y controls of the stage, five objective lenses from 40x up to 1000x, plan lenses, and special attachments for dark field, and phase contrast imaging. In addition, there is a trinocular output designed for connecting a camera. Naturally, there is a digital still/video camera that attaches the microscope to a computer on which images are recorded.

The Microscope's Camera
And of course, regardless of my skill set in finding interesting samples and preparing slides, how can I say no to a complete set of professional prepared biological slides? These are a real doozy, containing plant, animal, mineral, bacteria, etc. It's a blast just to wade through them.

But, then, a thoughtÖwhat if I am to document these, put them on a web page, and make my notes and photos available to every other science freak out there? Thus begins an exciting, yet amazingly time consuming, endeavor, sitting in a little makeshift lab in the basement, putting a slide on the scope and photographing whatever looks interesting, jotting a few off-the-cuff notes, etc.


How Does "The Magic" Happen?

An Example Slide
OK, yes, I've been incredibly bored of late, and I really like making Flash animations, sSo I created an animated diagram of the process. How does this work? Well, it's not rocket science. Watch the flash animation below.

The Flow of Data















I Just Play One On TV

A Pond Found Daphnia (I think)

Seeing as Iím not a real doctor, or scientist, I donít always know what Iím looking at. Sure, I can read the slideís label, often misspelled, and Google around in a lazy attempt at web research, but thatís no substitute for actually knowing what Iím doing. So instead, I just call it like I see it. Sometimes, thatís all thatís really necessary.

Sure, there is the time I discovered that a slide labeled as pollen was actually an anther, but, if you need more detailed information on the concept behind the pictures, I recommend you contact a veterinarian, physician, botanist, bacteriologist, pathologist, or somebody else who is smart.

Remember, Iím just some guy with a microscope and a computer.




Mitosis Cycle

Mitosis Cycle
Mitosis Cycle

Here is an applet that demonstrates the process of mitosis. It and other applets This and other biology related flash applets appear on my biology web applet page.






Kingdom Taxonomy

Kingdom Taxonomy Animation

So, did I mention that I like making Flash animations? Here is an animated pie chart diagram designed to show the relative proportions of the kingdoms. Nothing to click, but use your mouse to see who belongs where. BTW, it's similar to the animated mushroom part diagram. What can I say, I like to make things glow when you mouse over them. I have some other applets listed on my biology web applet page. Also, don't forget to check out the chemistry web page which has several other fun science web applets and diagrams. These don't represent any sort of definitive say on sciencve but rather just document the latest thing I've learned.


How The Pages Are Organized

So, check out the website. All the pages have a similar structure. On the left, iconic buttons link to pages that show collections of similar slides. For example, the dog page has slides made from samples of a dogís cardiac muscle, skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, taste buds, trachea, esophagus, duodenum, ileum, jejunum, small intestine, squamous epithelium, stomach, rectum, ureter, spleen, and pancreas. There are separate pages for Insects and for certain insect parts such as wings and eyes. Animals appear at the top; plants, below. On the right, there is a complete listing of all the slides done so far. These are in roughly alphabetic order. There is also links to a few flash applets, most notably, the periodic table. BTW, if you got to this page via a different address, the simplest URL to it is BIOLOGY.TOUCHSPIN.COM.


World's Greatest Periodic Table

Periodic Table
Student Chemsitry Tool
Oh, and don't forget to check out my sister site that deals with chemistry, CHEM.TOUCHSPIN.COM. On it, you'll find what is arguably the best periodic table on the web and certainly the most interactive. Among other things, it dynamically colorizes the elements to represent individual characteristics such as melting point, molecular volume, ionization level, elctircal conductivity, (many, many more). It allows several illuminating views on the periodic table. It has a an automatic graphing tool that shows particular characteristics versus their AMU in a manner that strongly demonstrates the periodicity of the table. Many other features. Check it out.

And, in the highly likely event that you discover errors, please let me know so I can make corrections. I got into this because I like to learn, and that hasnít changed just because Iíve published the web page.



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