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Microscope: The Tube that Changed the World
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Microscope: The Tube that Changed the World

Imagine looking through one of the first microscopes, some 400 years ago, and finding a world of living creatures in a drop of water, or discovering that living things are made of cells.

Even today, microscopes continue to astonish. Want to see an individual atom? Then focus on this page.

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Winners Gallery: International Digital Imaging Competition

Winners Gallery: International Digital Imaging Competition

Scroll through more than a decade of "the world’s most amazing images of life’s wonders as seen through microscopes" in this gallery of award-winning photos. More...

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Olympus BioScapes
Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light

Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light

Ever thought that a microscope could be a tool for an artist? Here are some micro-masterpieces from 2013. More...

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WIRED
Super Sleuths

Super Sleuths

Watch the SciGirls use a microscope to analyze clues in a forensics science case. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Exploring with Microscopes

Exploring with Microscopes

Click on "Exploring with Microscopes," and you'll find loads of info about these devices, past and present. More...

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University of Waikato
From Mountains to Microscopes

From Mountains to Microscopes

In New Zealand, scientists are using microscopes to study how two of the Earth's giant plates are sliding past each other. More...

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University of Waikato
How to Move an Atom

How to Move an Atom

How do scientists see something as small as an atom, and even move it around? With something kind of large: a 2-ton scanning tunneling microscope.
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IBM
Microscope Measurement

Microscope Measurement

That microbe in your microscope might look pretty mighty, but how big is it, really? As you'll see here, there's a way to find out. More...

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Stanford University
Understanding: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Understanding: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

The microscope Antonie van Leeuwenhoek used in 1675 might look pretty puny. But it revealed organisms no one had ever seen or imagined. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Virtual Compound Microscope

Virtual Compound Microscope

This site teaches you to use a compound microscope by giving you a virtual one to practice on, along with lots of tips and instructions. More...

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University of Delaware
Virtual Microscope

Virtual Microscope

See how snowflakes, cells, leaves, and more appear in an ordinary optical (light) microscope. More...

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KBears
Which Microscope?

Which Microscope?

Do you want to examine the surface of a sample, or its insides? Do you want a frozen sample or a live one? Different kinds of research require different kinds of microscopes. More...

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University of Waikato

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