Amazing microscopic artwork.

I saw this microscope slide on ebay. It went for almost £80, but I grabbed the images because they are simply amazing - the slide's maker has spent what are probably hours or days arranging microscopic diatoms into the shape of a three-masted galleon, complete with sailors and a figure-head.Anybody care to reproduce it?

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Microscope buying help?

I'm planning on buying a compound microscope and can't decide on some stuff either because  I'm a total n00b or I am a n00b. well, here they are: what eyepiece will i buy? 10 or 15x? will i buy the one with built in light or get the one with the mirror? will i get an iris style diaphragm or regular diaphragm (the one with holes) do you like pie or not? (I do) yeah, please answer in order, need answers before tuesday, 0200HRS UTC ok? thanks i'll tell you the results of what i bought after i buy it

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who invented a microscope ?

About microscope

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tips on buying a microscope, looking for aa good used deal. ecoli, parasitesl, arva eggs,

I want to buy a compound microscope, i want to be able to check for ecoli and parasite eggs. i figure 2000 power may work, correct me if not. would really like to be able to monitor or take pics via pc, but may be out of  price range.  looking at $300 us tops ,unless a super good used deal for around $500 comes by. i never took biology ,well since high school, so am out of ouch of what i want. ebay has new ones of a chinese brand, have to look up the name, but prefer used for better deal unless people know that the new ebay scopes A??? are a good deal. are scopes up-gradable , meaning, could i get a scope and add the camera attachment later? thanks, pure noob here, i know i dony want clips, and i know certain lights = cheaper from my research.

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Convert a DVD via SW into Microscope!

Could one turn their DVD or CD via SW to a microscope viewing reflected light from the laser and placing the specimen on the disk (pls someone take the challenge). I would love to see such an Instructable

Question by moris_zen   |  last reply


How can i get photos with a microscope?

I wish to take quality images from microscope slides

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Is it possible to make/hack a usb digital microscope to have a digital zoom?

Since USB Digital Microscopes is not as effective from afar, i would like to know if i can change the programming or add components on the usb digital microscope to have a digital zoom feature so that it can be used from afar.

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Mounting Lenses On Your Microscope

I found a broken cell phone with it’s camera and wondered if the lens could be used as a microscope objective. Image A shows the lens and it’s mounting with the CCD. The back of the lens is shown. The lens is about 4 to 5 mm in diameter. The starters from florescent lights make good lens holders. Image B shows a starter along with my modifications to hold the cell camera lens. The starter tube has 4 slits along the length so it can be compressed to fit the turret of the microscope. Image C shows it mounted on the turret. Image D shows the resulting view of a feather. It’s quite bad. Image E shows, for comparison, the view through an ordinary 20x objective (.40 NA). Here are some more lenses that I tried: Lens from a discarded flatbed scanner..... Very good! Lens from a 8mm movie camera...... Fair. Lens from the laser pickup of a discarded CD player..... Almost worthless. To take pictures through the microscope, I used eyepiece projection with a wide angle eyepiece. The lens on the camera was set to wide angle and maximum aperture, with a remote used to trigger the shutter. The camera’s LCD was used to focus and adjust the image. The camera’s autofocus handles the rest. For even illumination, be sure to center the objective lens over the substage condenser.

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DIY scanning tunnelling microscope

I caught this on the MAKE blog; the full article is at ChemHacker. Sacha De'Angeli has announced the release of "version 0.1" (proof of concept) for a do-it-yourself scanning tunnelling microscope. If you already know what an STM is, my work here is done. For the rest of you, a scanning tunnelling microscope moves a very fine ("single atom sharp") tip across a surface.Electrons can jump between the surface and tip, leading to a varying electric current which can be amplified and measured. How well the electrons can jump depends exponentially on the width of the gap. Near an atom is closer than between atoms, so by moving the tip in very small (nanometer) increments, you can image the atomic structure of the surface. With a less sharp tip, or coarser position control, you can still image surface structure, steps, defects, etc. UPDATE: Instructables user Fabio M had posted a different STM project last December.

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Estimating torque on microscope stage

Hello,I am involved in a project, based on the technologie used in microscope stages. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Olympus-Mechanical-Microscope-Stage-w-Specimen-Holder-From-Model-BH2/123699351875?hash=item1ccd0e5143:g:Hs4AAOSw0TpckTT2These have an X and Y axis which can move independently and are driven by rack and pinion gear, controlled by a translation unit with two knobs. The consistency of the grease used in the shafts that connect the knobs with the gear generates great damping and resistence when the stage is moved, so that the movement is nicely smooth and slow. I am not a technician/engineer but a designer and know nothing about torque. I need to know the torque that is generated by this sort of system, especially when the stage is moved BY HAND, so not using the knobs. I would be interested in the minimum and maximum torque that is generated when pushing the stage by hand.I am thinking of using a slip clutch/torque limiter to replace the translation unit, because I don't want to depend on grease. That is why I need to know the torque. Anyway, maybe somebody on this forum has a better idea. I'm all open.Thanks,Rob

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How to make an inexpensive Atomic Force Microscope? Answered

I am sorry for my very difficult question. I would like to make an inexpensive Atomic Force Microscope. Can you help me? Thanks.

Question by VPA   |  last reply


On a Microscope; Double Layer Mechanical Stage vs. a Mechanical Stage? Do both move on x & y axis? Answered

We are going to purchase a microscope on-line, I'm having a hard time deciding on the more expensive one w/ Double Layer Mechanical Stage, or the less expensive one with just plain Mechanical Stage in the description. They both look the same to me. They are both nice microsopes, binocular 40-2000x magnification, condeser lenses, iris diaphrams, the whole 9 yards. I dont want to have difficulty looking around in the objective feild for things like erythrocytes, monocytes, and the like, and I don't know what the double layer thing means. Any "Seasoned Pros" out there to give me some advise?  The Pics below are of the 2 choices. The left is the Double Layered Mechanical Stage, the 2 on the right are of the plain Mechanical Stage.

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Need to resolve this issue

Please see the attached photo. I use a Canon EOS M3 digital camera, lens removed and C-mount used. Then, an adopter tube is used to connect to the eye lens of my microscope with a LED ring light. In the center of the image, an annoying purple blub always shows up. Tried to change light and microscope. The problem is not resolved. Please help.

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Big project, little parts..Need serious electrical tech help.

Well, long story short in my dumpster diving salvaging e-waste ... 2 Lorex CCTVs. One cord cut, the other intact. I disassembled the cut cord. Lr38603A PCB. Wires Identified GND 12v+ Audio Video  Analog, so USB is out of question. Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. The mommy is toasted (cause mobo sounds so geefy.) so disassembled and salvaged usable parts.I think I tossed the condenser into my "melt parts off circuit board" bin... so I need a condenser and PCB controller which leads me to something I found in my parts bin... CRT monitor, stripped and kept the  VGA PCB, unfortunately it does not have an S-Video and I think it's irrelevant here but I'm quite new to this hack n mod stuff... So, here's what I'm trying to do: Use the LCD from the laptop as a display for the analog camera, I also have several lens and such from damaged optics (hunting scopes, monocular etc) so with the lens I'll put them in a tube and craft a digital microscope. I know you can buy a cheapie USB one, but I want the pride of making something, to be able to understand the tech, and also re-use discarded electronics. I have a pretty good idea of what to do, but I've never worked on anything that involves a serious power source from an outlet and do not want to fry myself, and would like some guidelines/what to research. Google is not being helpful and nearly all the camera hacks I've came across are for USB based cameras. I have access to a solder station, voltometer and a slew of other parts from various electronics, mostly VCR's I'd like to keep the spending to a minimum, but not at the expense of safety. Can anyone help? Thanks :D

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what are some novice home uses for a microscope?

Found a good deal on a Bausch & Lomb Microscope this past weekend. i can get the 40x10 to work but there are 2 more higher powered lenses that i cleaned and cleaned and can't get'em to function. any help or ideas on this plus some project ideas is wanted. thanks Gang.

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Has anybody come across "PocketScope"?

I've been browsing this website, and I quite fancy one of their pocket microscopes.However, I have had no response from email or letter.Has anybody encountered the company or microscope through a different route?http://www.pocketscope.com/

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ever wanted to see an lcd screen under a microscope?

I got a usb microscope for 8 dollars, just showing some of it's pictures. I hope to make micro instructables with it later ;) In order: 10x 60x 200x The screen was from my sister's pixter that she was going to throwout

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Using a webcam to do digital video from a microscope.

I don't have windows set up for the net so it was nice to buy a cheap webcam that works right away in linux  and skype with my sister and brothers in different parts of the world.  It has a focus ring and I tried it with my microscope and prepared slide.  And then later with greeny water from plant pots in the back garden. It is actually pretty good.  I had to use 2 software programs. I used cheese to open the webcam but it misses frames when it records its own video!  I found that opening recordmydesktop and recording the cheese window or cheese area of the desktop solves the problem. I got the microscope second hand in a thrift store. Next step will be to find a pond and grab some really nice samples. I will grab pics of how I set it up in a while, but for now here is a video of a prepared slide, and focusing through it. <br> I did some other videos too with live specimens from the back garden but nothing really exciting. I still have to work on lighting and making the mount a bit more rigid but for a first attempt it is pretty good. Brian

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Uploaded picture thumbnail size: Microscopic!

Hi, first off, I am aware that I can hover the mouse over the picture to see it bigger. Would it wreck your servers to make the thumbnails bigger? I am doing an 'able right now that has over a hundred pictures. It is so frustrating to work with these tiny thumbnails! Even if I can see the bigger picture by hovering. There is a lag, and it's still confusing. I don't even think I can write this instructable like this.

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My chemistry textbook was right all along!

As reported in Physics World today, a team of Swiss and Dutch physicists have developed a novel tip for an atomic force microscope (AFM) using a single carbon monoxide molecule. The tip is stable enough to image individual atoms and bonds within molecules.The first image below is from the group's AFM of a single pentacene (C22H14) molecule on a copper (Cu(111)) substrate. The second picture shows the conventional chemical structure diagram (the vertices are carbon, and one hydrogen hangs off of each exterior corner), and the third is a "ball" model, with carbon atoms in black and hydrogen in white. As discussed in the article, the whole molecule is just 1.4 nm long, with a spacing of 0.14 nm between adjacent carbon atoms.The paper is out in today's Science, but it's pay-per-view.

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How do I shop for high powered microscopes on a budget without getting a bad quality one?

I don't want to spend tons, (I'm thinking I can do about $250 max) and want a high-powered microscope. I would really like it to be bifocal (not stereo). I'd prefer at least a max of 1000x, if not 1600x. I want the microscope so that I can explore the world around me. Oh, and I'm considering certain biological fields for my career. Thanks guys!

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High Tech Microscopy on a Very Tight Budget

 Among microscopy amateurs there is a long established tradition of grinding lenses and making their own microscopes. ( Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who is known as the "Father of Microbiology", was a linen-draper by trade with no formal scientific education, yet his skill at making microscopes and his observations won him international recognition.)  When it comes to non optical microscopy (electron and scanning probe) the idea of making your own microscope at home is more intimidating. Mostly because of the cost and difficulty of getting parts you'll need.  But it seems that this man, John D. Alexander from Gilbert, AZ, found a clever way to build a scanning tunneling microscope using cheap and commonly available parts.   Have a look at his site www.geocities.com/spm_stm/Project.html  Very interesting. If someone of you will try to build his own microscope, let us know.

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Need to run 3 USB cameras/microscope simultaneously in one monitor/display?

I have 3 USB cameras/microscope and i need to view all 3 simultaneously in one monitor/display, is there a software or usb splitter that i can use.?

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3D relief Keystone image of Violin and Microscope to place on building about 1 ft square

Would like to stick on side of a building these images for art and science.  Can someone make these in wood  or stone rather than casting them in cement?   Does this make sense?

Topic by ronjoebon 


Project made finalist on NatGeo, need your vote!

Hey guys,One of my project had made it to finalist on National Geographic, I would need your vote to make it further!Please spend a minute or two to cast your vote on NatGeo's website!https://www.natgeochasinggenius.com/video/3528Best,Peter

Topic by PeterM33 


Macro quantum effects?

A permanent magnet's magnetism is commonly described as a small molecular effect wherein the the effect of individual molecules is polarised in a way so that the effect reinforces and creates a macro effect throughout the entire material. Is it possible - do you know of any surfaces or materials, real or proposed, that could be considered to be a similar kind of "upscaling of 'microscopic' properties"?

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Eyeclops Bionic Eye Toy. Anyone know if you could combine this with a camera somehow?

I played around with this but already bored with it. Wondering if it could be modified.

Question by short_circuit_sam   |  last reply


How to make a slide?

I wanna Making slides.. I have a microscope at home and I dont know how to make slides... So please tell me which slides I can make and how to make

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Paleontologist prints fossils in 3D

French palaeontologist Paul Tafforeau has been using 3D lithography to make microscopic fossils, hidden in opaque blocks of amber, vsible for detailed study.Using intense light from a synchrotron (a kind of particle accelerator), he illuminates the amber, revealing, so far, over 350 specimens of trapped insects in 2kg amber. Some of the species are new to science.3D images are built up with micro-tomography, and these digital images are used to recreate millimetre-scale insects as plastic models at a scale that allows easy handling and visual study without needing microscopes.BBC Story (included iPlayer video, which may not be viewable outside UK)

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Does anybody have a set of plans for a downdraft sanding table using an old furnace blower?

I have seen numerous 'threads' and discussions on the subject, but no PLANS other than a few pictures.

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World's smallest stop-motion animation.

Professor Fletcher's invention of the CellScope, which is a Nokia device with a microscope attachment, was the inspiration for a teeny-tiny film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. It stars a 9mm girl called Dot as she struggles through a microscopic world. All the minuscule detail was shot using CellScope technology and a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. More cool stuff - the film's heroine, is printed.  Too small to be positioned by hand for each frame, multiple versions of Dot were created in different poses with a 3D printer (so, presumably, files exist for you to print out your own authentic film starlet?) See more projects and how the 'Dot' film was made at Nokia or Facebook. Yet another video that won't embed

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How do i separate gold from sulphides without using chemicals or dieing from sulpheric acid? Answered

My freind has a large supply of microscopic gold particles, however they need to be separated from sulphides. there is a high concentration of gold in this solution, and millions of dollars could be made. however, heating the sulphides will make sulpheric acid, which burns away your lungs (also used in chemical warfare). chemicals currently used for the process of separating sulphides from gold are very toxic, and also expensive. the chemical process is very inefficient too. i am looking for a way to separate sulphides from gold without using (toxic, dangerous, expensive, rare) chemicals.

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Biological hackerspace in NYC

Yay! There's finally a hackerspace dedicated to biotech research...in New York City. I'm kind of sad I can't drop by to visit any time soon, but I hope (fingers crossed) I can get the ever so popular caitlinsdad to go and report on it. There's even a promising $12 usb microscope (with 170x magnification) project going on! (Photo: Dave Mosher of Wired.com)

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How do I disinfect feathers?

How do I disinfect feathers?I collect found white feathers, from seagulls. I am hesitant to use them for my creative projects as I would like to know how to disinfect them. I worry that they may contain microscopic parasites, insects etc......Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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Is there a way to turn off a computer monitor with the keyboard, by a hot key or something like that?

At work we have a computer hooked up to a fluorescent microscope and when we are analyzing something on the scope we need the room to be completely dark, which includes turning off the LCD monitor on the computer. But then we need to turn the monitor on again to capture images on the computer, so we are constantly turning the monitor on and off and it is starting to cause some wear on the on/off switch. So my question is: is there a way to turn off the monitor from the keyboard?I have tried setting the screen saver to blank and turn on after one minute, but I hate waiting a minute for it to come on and the mouse is often nudged so the screen saver goes off. And sometimes we use the keyboard to move between microscope filters.This being a work computer, they don't want any software downloaded on to the computer. They don't even want us to change the wallpaper (god forbid). So can this be done with out the use of a program.The computer is running XP.Thanks!

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Pronounciation for one of the longest words in the English Language, (Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis)

I found pronounciation for the longest words I've seen.Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis:Peumono = Noo-muh-NoUltra = Uhl-tra (DUH)Microscopic - Mahy-kruh-skop-ik (Double DUH)Silico - Sil-i-kohVolcano - Vol-key-noh (Triple DUH)Coniosis - Kon - ee - oh - sisPneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a disease you get from inhaling quartz dust.

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Do it yourself medicine -- not necessarily what the doctor ordered?

A news report on CNN describes a teen-ager who, in her high-school science class, diagnosed her own Crohn's disease by catching a granuloma on a microscope slide she was studying.As a "teachable moment" for good science education, it's great, but I'm not sure having to diagnose one's own disease is really what "do it yourself medicine" is meant to be about!

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Logo Carved onto human hair

Thought I'd share thisBoing Boing Gadgets' Joel Johnson was at McMaster University yesterday where he met a researcher who used a focus ion beam microscope to carve his school's logo on a human hairI find it amazing how well it came out. If we can do this now, just Imagine what well be able to do in the future! Advertisement spaces in hair?!!!

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Rice Cooker Burger, Robot Zombie Figurine, Cup Sphere Lamp

  Rice Cooker Burger Robot Zombie Figurine Cup Sphere Lamp Resurrect a Motorcycle Make Bath Bombs Cheap Masquerade Masks Hybrid Solar Panel Arduino on a Perfboard Rope Bridge Bookshelf Upgrade Your Promo Camera Iron Man Make a Talking Clock Coffee-Stained Coffee Table Simple Microscope Webcam Make a Garden Fountain  

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Snow flake photos Any information on micro photos of snow flakes?

 Snow flake Photography I am looking for an inexpensive method to photograph snow flakes.  Possibly the combination of digicam and microscope could work.  System will need a dark back ground, illumination from above, magnification, and functionality at below freezing temperatures  I have seen some set ups but the parts alone cost in the hundreds. Any thoughts or experience good or bad would be appreciated.. 

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Build My Lab Contest Question

I was wondering if this contest is just about building things or could I enter something along the lines of advice on ergonomic use of microscopes.  I noticed on the contest page under Judges Prize -Lab Hacks it mentions "Do you have simple solutions to common challenges around the lab?..Help make life in lab easier and safer for everyone....".  This would seem to fit but not sure since the contest seems to focus on building equiptment. What do you think?

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Numeric keypad- how to block signal? Answered

Here is the story. We needed a cell counter in out lab that counts 50 cells, most diff. counters do multiples of 100.  I found a diff counter online, altered the java script so that it counts 50cells and bought a couple of numeric keypads to use with it since the computer keyboard isn't situated well for use while we are on the microscope.  So the problem is that the two mics we used this with are set up in small room and the keypads are too close together so that if you are using one, both computers pick up the signal.  So if two people are counting at the same time the counter picks up the typed input from both keypads.  So my question is, is there a way to block the signal from reaching the other computer? They are both Targus Wireless Numeric Keypad.  They are wireless and use radio frequency.  I tried tinfoil that didn't work. The computers are spread out as far as they can.  That is the only room we have for them since they are fluorescent microscopes and we need to work in the dark.  I guess the obvious solution would be to just replace them with non-wireless but I was hoping that we could save money and try to get this to work.  Wired ones may be awkward to use due to space constraints too. Thanks

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Adding memory to an endoscope

I need to add some memory to an endoscope (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2MP-Mini-USB-Digital-Microscope-Endoscope-Otoscope-LED-/280658163556?pt=UK_BOI_Medical_Lab_Equipment_Lab_Equipment_ET&hash;=item415887b764) I want to be able to fly this on a r/c helicopter, but I need to able to take videos and pictures. I can't have it wireless, and it needs to be affordable (£30 or less I'll give a little lee way through) just ask if you need any more infomation. Thanks

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does using salt-based tooth powder scratch your teeth?

I have soft enamel and I am looking for a natural tooth powder that, at the very least, won't further damage my enamel. Most tooth powder recipes I've seen use sea salt as an abrasive. I've also heard from dentists that salt is too abrasive and will scratch your teeth microscopically. Is this true? Could I grind the salt finely before using or would that defeat the whole purpose?

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DNA twisted into boxes

A news article in Nature reports on a group that has constructed three dimensional boxes, including a lockable lid, from DNA. Using specifically designed oligonuclitides, the boxes self-assemble chemically from long strands of DNA in solution. According to the article, "It takes only an hour or two for billions of boxes to form by themselves."The article include both "artists conceptions" and electron-microscope images of the actual objects.Update 13 May 2009: The Nature article above has been put into restricted access. Here is a Science News report which is not restricted.

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Polarity of tantalum capacitors

Howdy all, Recently got back into basic electronics and have started building kits. Been building a kit that uses tantalum capacitors and it notes that polarity orientation is very important. The question I have is: is there some un-published indicator of how polarity is indicated on these tantalum caps? I've been over these things with a microscope, even bought new ones, but other than the values & manufacturer, I can find no obvious sign of polarity. Leads are the same length and not marked. What am I missing? Thanks in advance for any help. Dave

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is there a way to kill oleanders? salt, fire, acid ... none have worked ?

I need to kill an oleander planted by the homeowners before us. It's going to break our fence so I can't pull the root ball out, which also doesn't work since microscopic rhizomes continue to grow. I've dug a pit around it, burned it, drilled holes in it and soaked it with salt water, even drizzled pool acid and this thing os growing beautifully.  anyone? Should I consider small scale nukes? I think it would just be a gilligans island oleander if I did that.  pb

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Quantum random-walk puts single atom into observable superposition of states

Http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/39802Single atoms have been spotted doing the quantum version of the random walk by physicists in Germany. This sighting of a "quantum walk" could help in the design of quantum search algorithms, or in the understanding of the transition from the quantum, microscopic world to the classical, macroscopic world.Update 15 July 2009: The actual paper appears in this week's Science (pay-per-view, unfortunately). Here's a nice diagram from the article, contrasting (left) the quantum superposition with (right) one of the classicial random walks. The histograms below show their actual measurements in the two situations.

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What can i make out of a old but working video camera, It is a JVC GR-AX280?

It is a JVC GR-AX280, it is old, the batteries arent discharged yet, however it uses small VHS tapes and those are expensive and old, and tend to not work as well as they should. The other thing is it still woks perfectly fine its just i want a DSLR and i thought mabey making a temporary one out of the lense and etc from it. It also has a almost microscopic LCD type screen where they eye peice is and i thought about making like a hud or somthing. But i am at your mercy people of instructables, do your worst :D

Question by Jakesthebest