Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new tool called a laser scanning confocal microscope to take photographs of corals that are one part art and one part science. In this episode, they take us along for a ride with this amazing new technology and show us corals in a way we have never seen them before.
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Special thanks to all the scientists and staff at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa for their help with this episode.
Microscope Images by
Christine Farrar, PhD, Confocal Microscopist
Ruth D. Gates, Research Professor
Robert J. Toonen, Research Professor
Jo-Ann C. Leong, Director and Professor
Zac Forsman, Assistant Researcher
Amy Eggers, Microscopy Lab Manager
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