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Just a bit of macro photography inspiration…


This image of an ant's head, viewed from the front (at 10X) took 11th place in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The ant's autofluorescence was observed using confocal micrsocopy by Dr. Jan Michels of Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, in Kiel, Germany


This image of an ant’s head, viewed from the front (at 10X) took 11th place in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competiti
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on. The ant’s autofluorescence was observed using confocal micrsocopy by Dr. Jan Michels of Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, in Kiel, Germany. (Dr. Jan Michels)


Dr. Douglas Clark of San Francisco, California submitted this image of the dried wing scales of a butterfly (Cethosia biblis) in incandescent light


Dr. Douglas Clark of San Francisco, California submitted this image of the dried wing scales of a butterfly (Cethosia biblis) in incandescent light. (Dr. Douglas Clark)


HeLa cancer cells viewed at 300x are seen in this 12th Place image by Thomas Deerinck from the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research in La Jolla, California. HeLa is an immortal cell line used in scientific research, made of cells originally sampled from cancer patient Henrietta Lacks in 1951


HeLa cancer cells viewed at 300x are seen in this 12th Place image by Thomas Deerinck from the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research in La Jolla, California. HeLa is an immortal cell line used in scientific research, made of cells originally sampled from cancer patient Henrietta Lacks in 1951. (Thomas Deerinck)


The eye of a live giant waterflea (Leptodora kindtii), observed and submitted by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands


The eye of a live giant waterflea (Leptodora kindtii), observed and submitted by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Wim van Egmond)


Taking 4th place in the competition, Dr. Robin Young of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia used intrinsic fluorescence to observe this specimen of liverwort (Lepidozia reptans) at 20x


Taking 4th place in the competition, Dr. Robin Young of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia used intrinsic fluorescence to observe this specimen of liverwort (Lepidozia reptans) at 20x. (Dr. Robin Young)


Crystal twinning patterns in a leucite crystal from volcanic rock, observed in polarized light by Dr. Michael M. Raith of the Steinmann Institut, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany


Crystal twinning patterns in a leucite crystal from volcanic rock, observed in polarized light by Dr. Michael M. Raith of the Steinmann Institut, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany. (Dr. Michael M. Raith)


A water flea (Daphnia sp.) among green algae (Volvox sp.), an image by Dr. Ralf Wagner of Düsseldorf, Germany


A water flea (Daphnia sp.) among green algae (Volvox sp.), an image by Dr. Ralf Wagner of Düsseldorf, Germany. (Dr. Ralf Wagner)


Pekka Honkakoski of Iisalmi, Finland captured this image of a rare column snowflake with thin, knifelike ice extensions, lit in part by red and blue lighting from opposite sides


Pekka Honkakoski of Iisalmi, Finland captured this image of a rare column snowflake with thin, knifelike ice extensions, lit in part by red and blue lighting from opposite sides. (Pekka Honkakoski)


The embryonic pectoral fin of Chiloscyllium plagiosum, the Whitespotted bamboo shark, observed by Dr. Andrew Gillis, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


The embryonic pectoral fin of Chiloscyllium plagiosum, the Whitespotted bamboo shark, observed by Dr. Andrew Gillis, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. (Dr. Andrew Gillis)


Taking 20th place was Douglas Moore of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Moore's entry shows unpolished agatized dinosaur bone cells, fossilized cellular structure from an animal that lived some 150 million years ago, viewed at 42x


Taking 20th place was Douglas Moore of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Moore’s entry shows unpolished agatized dinosaur bone cells, fossilized cellular structure from an animal that lived some 150 million years ago, viewed at 42x. (Douglas Moore)


Charles Krebs from Issaquah, Washington brings us this portrait of a water boatman (Corixidae sp.), viewed in reflected light


Charles Krebs from Issaquah, Washington brings us this portrait of a water boatman (Corixidae sp.), viewed in reflected light. (Charles Krebs)


Primary rat neurons grown as neurospheres, observed by Dr. Rowan Orme of Keele University, Keele, UK


Primary rat neurons grown as neurospheres, observed by Dr. Rowan Orme of Keele University, Keele, UK. (Dr. Rowan Orme)


The double compound eyes of a male St. Mark's fly (Bibio marci), submitted by Dr. David Maitland from Feltwell, UK


The double compound eyes of a male St. Mark’s fly (Bibio marci), submitted by Dr. David Maitland from Feltwell, UK. (Dr. David Maitland)


A naturally formed frost crystal that had grown overnight on a fence in -15 degrees C weather. Image from Jesper Grønne of Silkeborg, Denmark


A naturally formed frost crystal that had grown overnight on a fence in -15 degrees C weather. Image from Jesper Grønne of Silkeborg, Denmark. (Jesper Grønne)


A fish louse (Argulus), viewed at 60x by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands


A fish louse (Argulus), viewed at 60x by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Wim van Egmond)


A closeup view of a velvet mite (Eutrombidium rostratus) by Dr. David Maitland from Feltwell, UK


A closeup view of a velvet mite (Eutrombidium rostratus) by Dr. David Maitland from Feltwell, UK. (Dr. David Maitland)


Dr. Torsten Wittmann of the University of California, San Fransisco, submitted this image of bovine pulmonary artery endothelial (BPAE) cells fixed and stained for actin, mitochondria, and DNA


Dr. Torsten Wittmann of the University of California, San Fransisco, submitted this image of bovine pulmonary artery endothelial (BPAE) cells fixed and stained for actin, mitochondria, and DNA. (Dr. Torsten Wittmann)


Debora Leite of the University of Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil observed this cross-section of the structure of a sugarcane root


Debora Leite of the University of Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil observed this cross-section of the structure of a sugarcane root. (Debora Leite)


Taking 10th place is this 100x view of a freshwater water flea (Daphnia magna), submitted by Joan Röhl of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biology in Potsdam, Germany


Taking 10th place is this 100x view of a freshwater water flea (Daphnia magna), submitted by Joan Röhl of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biology in Potsdam, Germany. (Joan Röhl)


James H. Nicholson of the Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCEHBR & HML in Charleston, South Carolina took 15th Place with this image of lobe coral (Porites lobata), displaying tissue pigmentation response with red fluorescence at 12x


James H. Nicholson of the Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCEHBR & HML in Charleston, South Carolina took 15th Place with this image of lobe coral (Porites lobata), displaying tissue pigmentation response with red fluorescence at 12x. (James H. Nicholson)


The 1st place winner, a portrait of a green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.) larva (20x) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany


The 1st place winner, a portrait of a green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.) larva (20x) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany. (Dr. Igor Siwanowicz)


Benjamin Blonder, David Elliott took 18th place for their image of the venation network of a young quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) leaf. Blonder and Elliott are from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona


Benjamin Blonder, David Elliott took 18th place for their image of the venation network of a young quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) leaf. Blonder and Elliott are from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. (Benjamin Blonder, David Elliott)


Jonathan Franks of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used autofluorescence to observe this algae biofilm


Jonathan Franks of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used autofluorescence to observe this algae biofilm. (Jonathan Franks)


The head and eye of a freshwater shrimp, observed by Jose R. Almodovar of the Microscopy Center, Biology Department, UPR Mayaguez Campus, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


The head and eye of a freshwater shrimp, observed by Jose R. Almodovar of the Microscopy Center, Biology Department, UPR Mayaguez Campus, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. (Jose R. Almodovar)


Winning 2nd place is this 200x autofluorescent view of a blade of grass by Dr. Donna Stolz of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Winning 2nd place is this 200x autofluorescent view of a blade of grass by Dr. Donna Stolz of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Dr. Donna Stolz)


Using laser-triggered high-speed macrophotography, Dr. John H. Brackenbury of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK, captured this image of a water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae


Using laser-triggered high-speed macrophotography, Dr. John H. Brackenbury of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK, captured this image of a water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae. (Dr. John H. Brackenbury)


Frank Fox of the Fachhochschule Trier in Trier, Germany took 3rd place with this image of a living specimen of Melosira moniliformis


Frank Fox of the Fachhochschule Trier in Trier, Germany took 3rd place with this image of a living specimen of Melosira moniliformis. (Frank Fox)


A three dimensional view of a cell culture of breast cancer cells, by Dr. Jonatas Bussador do Amaral and Dr. Gláucia Maria Machado Santelli of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil


A three dimensional view of a cell culture of breast cancer cells, by Dr. Jonatas Bussador do Amaral and Dr. Gláucia Maria Machado Santelli of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. (Dr. Jonatas Bussador do Amaral, Dr. Gláucia Maria Machado Santelli)


The tip of a butterfly tongue viewed in polarized light by Stephen S. Nagy, M.D. from Helena, Montana


The tip of a butterfly tongue viewed in polarized light by Stephen S. Nagy, M.D. from Helena, Montana. (Stephen S. Nagy, M.D.)


The anterior lateral and median eyes of a jumping spider, observed by Walter Piorkowski of South Beloit, Illinois


The anterior lateral and median eyes of a jumping spider, observed by Walter Piorkowski of South Beloit, Illinois. (Walter Piorkowski)




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It is not enough for retail stores today to only operate on a physical level. Retailers need to have a great online presence as well. A lot of the same principles that are used in the interior design of a store can also be applied when building a website. Retail websites are unique. They need to be designed differently than online publications or a photographer’s online portfolio.


When a consumer comes to your website, they want a store that is easy to use. The brand message of your business h

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as to come across immediately. Without a good first impression, your store’s site could be scaring away potential customers.


Simple Organization


You would not design the visual merchandising of your store’s physical location in just any way. A store needs to adhere to certain organizational principles. The simpler your layout is, the better it is for your online store. Although you have the possibility of using complex Flash graphics and compounding a lot of information into a small area, it is not recommended for a retail website. Consider researching some popular Internet retailers, as well as your favorite online shopping websites, and see how simple their layouts are. With this in mind, use a website builder with a simple template to set up your retail shop online. Pre-existing templates make it easy for anyone to organize their site.


Display Your Brand


Just because you are keeping it simple on your site does not mean you do not need great images and other visual content to entice consumers. Keep the front page of your website up to date. Just like in an actual store, the freshest products and newest promotions are displayed at the front of the store. Do the same on a website. Make new stock and current specials the first thing that customers see when they arrive on the site’s homepage. If there is anything else that makes your store different than competitors, make it visible on the page. Your business’ website should be streamlined with its branding image. Aspects that make your business unique are an integral part of your branding. For example, this could be something like free shipping or a gift with purchase. Keep the most relevant information of your brand and business on the forefront of your business’ online image.


Website Necessities


Although you want to keep your website user-friendly and in line with your brand, there are some aspects that cannot be overlooked. Every website needs a search bar. It helps customers who are looking for something either general or specific. If your website’s navigation design is lacking, a search bar can prevent the person from leaving your online retail site. In addition to a search bar, every site also needs an easily navigated and organized criteria/category bar. This makes it easy for visitors to navigate through your products in an organized way.


A well-designed online retail site is as important as a store’s brick-and-mortar location. Do not underestimate the value a customer-friendly website will have on your business.




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Mobile websites are predicted to be just as big, if not bigger, in 2014 as they were in 2013. More than 80 percent of stores have either developed mobile sites or have plans to develop them over the next couple years. For informational sites, the challenge is in discerning how they can translate their typical communication measures onto a mobile website. The forum, for instance, remains popular on most informational sites, even with the proliferation of social media platforms like Facebook. If your site has a forum, here

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are some things you want to remember when translating your forum into a mobile-friendly format.


Think Big Buttons


One of the biggest challenges with forums on a mobile website is the fact that they rely so heavily on small buttons. From the forum menu to the individual threads and responses, a forum requires significantly more clicking than the average website. Because the average mobile user will be using his finger rather than a mouse, precision is significantly compromised. The best way to avoid your visitors from clicking on the wrong link over and over again before they finally get frustrated and leave is to make sure that you have very large buttons for the forum itself. On most mobile devices, this means that only two or three threads may be visible at a time. But it also means that when visitors click on a link, they can actually hit it.


Enable Continuous Browsing


When it comes to the best mobile web design, continuous browsing is definitely an effective component. Continuous browsing allows the user to immerse himself in the online experience without having to click on additional pages. When you set up a forum on your mobile website, you need to make sure that continuous browsing is enabled and works efficiently. Once you set up large buttons, only a few of the threads will be visible at any given time. But with continuous browsing, your visitors can keep scrolling down until they find the threads they want.


Cut All Tails


In most forums, people can respond with the full text of the previous post in the message. But when you are setting up a mobile friendly website and forum, you need to cut this tail. Set it up so the default requires that visitors only submit original content. Tails will automatically be removed. If a visitor wants to quote a section from a previous post, he can opt to do so, but make sure that they can’t just copy and paste the entire post as this will slow down the browsing experience for everyone.


Adding a forum to your mobile-friendly site can be an important way to keep up the communication, particularly if your visitors expect that from your traditional site. However, to make it work, you must be prepared to make some changes. You will need to develop large buttons for the forum options to the people can easily access the sections they want. You should also enable continuous browsing, and you need to make sure that all tails are cut to minimize excessively long posts.




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Unemployment is a global problem as many countries still find themselves in the midst of a recession (or are just crawling out of one). That means, competition is high for open positions in almost every field.


Managing a profitable business during a recession is not easy, especially for the self-employed. However working from an office is not the only safe option. Despite the dim outlook, many opportunities for home based businesses still exist. Any task that can be accomplished at home can become a home based business.


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Many home based businesses choose to start an online business. Online businesses are no longer limited to virtual storefronts selling a product. Today, home based businesses include blogs about product reviews, political commentary or humor, and are created and owned by a single individual, working from a home office; also, they are pretty easy to make using a free website maker. Social networks have expanded the reach of the party business, allowing the party organizer to sit at a desk while reaching out to potential customers across the globe. Freelance workers are no longer only writers and journalists, but include programmers, web site designers, graders for university courses, editors, publishers and artists. Consulting services for making green choices for the home and business, help organizing and removing clutter, or public relations can also be home based businesses. While sales of physical products are still the most widespread home based business, new ideas are constantly being explored. A quick search will yield pages of results for websites dedicated to ideas for home based businesses and the tools to manage an online business. The possibility of generating income from home is not declining, but growing.


Revisited Idea


The idea of a home based business has been in existence for centuries. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most businesses were managed from the home. Farming was not only for subsistence; excess crops would be sold or bartered. Homes produced goods for commercial sale including cloth, lace, medicines, baked goods, toys and other necessities. Workers in skilled trades such as furniture making or blacksmithing worked out of their homes or a nearby shop. Writers would sit at home putting pen to paper creating novels, poetry, newspaper and journal articles.


After the Industrial Revolution, the home based business declined, as machine made products were less expensive and produced more quickly. Yet families still lived above the stores operated on the ground floor, and clothing alterations were still carried out by individuals. In the 1950s, the party plan (or Tupperware Party) opened a new type of home based business, that has expended to the cosmetics and kitchen goods industries. Today, home based businesses still include farms selling their produce, crafters with handmade goods ranging from clothing to home decorations and artisans producing custom work with more detail than mass-production machinery. The methods by which products and services are bought and sold may change, but the home business opportunity will always have a niche in the marketplace.


The exact number of home-based businesses today is unknown. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor report, there are approximately 18.3 million home-based businesses, while other reports have that number at close to 38 million. Either way, millions are taking the plunge back into home-based businesses, thanks to the ease of working from home through Internet opportunities.




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