Spiders, spinnerets, spigots, and silk

I’ve seen many fascinating things under the scanning electron microscope. Pollen, various crystals, diatoms, and even viral particles. But nothing could have prepared me for…

SEM beam alignment: The Happy Place

Aligning Milly’s electron beam is tricky business. It’s a process involving hours (or even days!) of pain and uncertainty that might, just possibly, result in…

Porcelain, Tungsten, and other yaks

Yak shaving : Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem. —Wiktionary I didn’t…