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Looking Closer

This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Exploring with Microscopes, which supports the resources in the other collections.

  • Preparing samples for the electron microscope – Article

    Electron microscopes are very powerful tools for visualising biological samples in great detail. This article outlines the complex steps required to prepare samples to withstand the environment inside an electron microscope.

  • Light microscopes – Article

    This article describes the principles of light microscopy and highlights some of the diverse types of light microscope in use today.

  • Types of electron microscope – Article

    Electron microscopes were first developed in the 1930s. They enable us to look at objects in far more detail than is possible with a light microscope. This article looks at the diverse types of electron microscope that are in use today.