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Microscopy Websites

The web sites listed below contain some spectacular images which capture different organisms, chemicals, and everyday objects using a variety of microscopic techniques. Each site has its own 'Fair Use Policy'. Please read the individual site policies and respect the intellectual property rights of these creative people as you enjoy the products of their work.

  • CELLS alive!
    A fascinating collection of still and moving microscopic images, animations, and diagrams. Many have explanations and links to more information. An excellent teaching resource.

  • Dennis Kunkel Microscopy
    Using light microscope or an electron microscope, Kunkel captures insects, chemicals, plants, and everyday objects in dazzling detail and deftly color-enhances each image. Major excitation awaits your "rods and cones"! (Click "image use" for allowed educational use of images.)

  • Images of the Nanoworld
    High magnification images of our world as seen through electron microscopes. Included are images of insects, parasites, inorganic materials, a variety of microbes, and more. (University of Queensland)

  • Microscopy and Imaging Resources on the WWW
    Check the "Resources" section of this site for information on microscopy, digital imaging, and online tutorials.

  • MicroScape
    is a project which is designed to allow individuals to experience the flavor of microscopic examination of the world using their computer as a "Virtual Microscope". Be sure to check the file size before you begin downloads over a slow Internet connection.

  • Microscopy UK
    A visual feast of 2-D and 3-D microscopic images, fractals, and movies. Be sure to visit their online magazine, Micscape which contains articles about bacteria from Antarctica to Kombucha to tooth cracks... all with stunning images!

  • Microscopy Primer
    A freely accessible, comprehensive primer in microscopy designed to be used on the web or downloaded to your computer. Hosted by Micscape, the monthly magazine of Microscopy-UK .

  • Micropolitan Museum of microscopic art forms
    Curator Wim van Egmond has collected the finest microscopic masterpieces nature has ever produced during eons of natural selection and other life-sculpting mechanisms.

  • Molecular Expressions: Images from the Microscope
    Check out the Photo Gallery for images ranging from amino acids to DNA to dyes and more. Their interactive Microscopy Primer: Virtual Microscopy section has a number of interactive tutorials on Scanning Electron Microscopy, Translational Microscopy, Magnifying Microscopy and more. (Florida State University)

  • Microscopes and Microscopy for K-12
    A rich collection of web resources tailored to K-12 teachers and students interested in bringing the microworld into the classroom incuding microscope activities and introductions to microscopes and microscopy for elementary or secondary education. Additional microscope resources are included in the Guide to Microscopy Resources.

  • Protist Image Data
    A collection of microscopic images of algae and protozoa amassed by Charles J. O'Kelly and Tim Littlejohn. Links to additional sources of information about protists are also available on this site.

  • WWW Virtual Library: Microscopy
    This page of the WWW-Virtual Library covers all aspects of light microscopy, electron microscopy and other forms of microscopy.

  • Virtual Microscope
    From the University of Delaware, this interactive Web program allows you to learn some basics of microscope use before entering a lab. You can view one of four slides, change the magnification, adjust the focus and light. A seven-minute web-based movie introduces the program.

  • The Visible Embryo
    The Visible Embryo is an on-line tutorial teaching the first four weeks of human development.

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Updated: 15 October 2009

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