“At high magnification the surface of even the plainest looking beetle or fly is completely transformed,” says Dr. James Hogan, a collections manager at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. “Details of their microsculpture become visible: ridges, pits or engraved meshes all combine at different spatial scales in a breath-taking intricacy.”
This concept of microsculpture—the details of the insect form—is well-known among entomologists. But it comes to life like never before in Microsculpture, a collaboration between the Oxford Museum of Natural History and photographer Levon Biss. This striking exhibition features large scale prints of 22 insect specimens in incredible detail, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of these tiny creatures in a new light.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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