Though it’s been around for more than a year, I just recently stumbled across “Journey to the Microcosmos“, a video series exploring “the tiny, unseen world around us.” The video below shows the results of their latest acquisition, a new microscope enabling them to use Nomarski, or Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscopy. Dating back to the early 1950s, DIC microscopy enhances the contrast seen in specimens, and the results here are beautiful. There’s also something peaceful and meditative about the narration, which I wasn’t expecting from a lesson in optics. It’s hopefully a nice way to wind down your week and enjoy the pleasure of pure curiosity.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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