I had the joy of attending Healesville Sanctuary with my family in late February to have a look around (and of course take some photos). The sanctuary is unlike Melbourne and Werribee Zoo in that it has far more Australian animals than the other Zoo’s, it really is an Australian based Zoo covering all realms…
Urea (or carbamide) displays some cool birefringence under the microscope, have a peek!
In March i visited New Zealand for a combination of work and a holiday. Although the trip was short it was fairly packed with a total travel distance of around 800kms in four days. This map by OpenStreetMaps highlights the journey.
Salicin is a chemical which is produced by the Salix Willow bark and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent in the human body. This chemical was the initial origin of aspirin and is chemically related to Aspirin. As a tongue twister, the IUPAC name for Salicin is (2R,3S,4S,5R,6S)-2-(Hydroxymethyl)-6-[2-(hydroxymethyl)phenoxy]oxane-3, 4,5-triol.
Have a look at Cardiac muscle under the microscope :).
The snow leopard at the Melbourne Zoo was not at all interested in us during our visit. It did make me chuckle as I swear I have seen my cats make exactly the same face! Story may have been different if I was on the inside of the pen however! Image taken with a Nikon…
Recently I posted a mystery item, that mystery item was the Sultana. So this episode of Under the Microscope is showing the Sultana I recently mentioned.
Sulfur is an abundant element found in all living cells, what does it look like under the microscope?
The Blue Pools track is another must visit if you are on the South Island and near the Mount Aspiring National Park. The Blue River itself is a small river which flows within the Mount Aspiring National Park. The head of the river is south-east of the main range near the Mountain Eyetooth, and later on, the north and south branch join to form the main Blue River. Prior to the Blue River flowing into the Makrora river, it passes through a narrow gorge which is known as the ‘Blue Pools’.
The Fijian crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) from the Melbourne Zoo
Have a peek at Menthol, commonly used as a local analgesic under the microscope.
Urea (or Carbamide) crystals look pretty cool under the microscope, why not have a peek!