January 15, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 2)
Strong Points: Nice image/video gallery, good site organization
Weak Points: Background material is fairly basic
One can’t help but be lured into this entertaining, informative website. Using microscope images and videos as teaching tools, the Microscope Imaging Station provides a nice introduction to a variety of topics in biology. Although aimed at a younger audience, scientists of all ages can appreciate the wonderful images and informative blurbs with whimsical, news-like headlines. (For instance, some of the top stories are entitled, “Cancer: cells behaving badly” and “Frogs: princely models for science.”) Each feature is accompanied by “A Scientist’s View,” an audio file in which a researcher in the field discusses various aspects of the topic. Even researchers who find the background material to be too introductory should take a look at the movies and microscope images in the gallery. Categories within the gallery include, to name a few, stem cells, plankton, immune response, and cell motility.