October 15, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 18)
Strong Points: Large amount of information, easy to find additional references
Weak Points: None
MicroscopyU, from Nikon, is an excellent resource for anyone who finds themselves baffled by the intricacies of microscopy. The Microscopy Basics section of the website provides review articles on a number of topics ranging from laser safety and numerical aperture to confocal microscopy and infinity optical systems. There are also interactive tutorials that allow the user to simulate focusing and aligning different kinds of microscopes or that show how different kinds of distortions can affect the imaging of a sample. The website also goes into detail about different microscopy techniques and their applications, and even has a gallery of images taken using a variety of microscopes that users can browse through. The website provides extensive lists of additional references for users who want to learn more about a particular topic or technique. MicroscopyU is an excellent resource that provides a wealth of information necessary for anyone who uses a microscope.