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Diatom Lab and Publications

Diatom Lab is a scientific laboratory company that performs the following activities:

A) Study and cleaning of the recent and fossil Diatoms, Radiolarians, Foraminifera, Silicoflagellates collected;

B) Micromanipulated and Strewn slide preparation;

C) Photographic record of the species. In Diatom Lab several research microscopes are used, such as the trinocular Zeiss Axio Imager.A2. It’s a top of the range Zeiss current research microscope… still made in Germany! Its beam path is totally Apochromatic (IC2S = Infinity Contrast & Color Corrected System) and is enclosed in a stable cell that has been isolated from the rest of the stand and is thus particularly insensitive to outside thermal influences and vibrations. Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 has a 25 mm field of view and uses Zeiss M27 objectives, that have a bigger thread than the standard RMS objectives (27 mm versus 20.3 mm): in this way they capture much light, giving brighter and exceptionally spectacular images. Diatom Shop’s version weighs more than 40 Kgs, so is very stable for high resolution photomicrography and HD or 4K videos. Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is a true jewel for serious study and documentation of Diatoms and microscopic life in general. Diatom Shop's Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is richly equipped to realize photomicrographs allowing several techniques such as Differential Interference Contrast (DIC), Phase contrast, Polarized light (even with Zeiss Lambda plates), Dark field, Immersion Dark field, Bright field, Fluorescence, Rheinberg Illumination, Epi-illumination and Epi-illumination in darkfield. Diatom Shop's Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is accessorized with Zeiss M27 Plan-Apochromat and EC (= Enhanced contrast) Plan Neofluar objectives, and with Achromatic-Aplanatic condensers (mainly used in research, force the rays of light coming from the field diaphragm to intersect exactly in the plane of the object with a very high degree of correction, providing details of extreme precision and cleanliness).
Another excellent and modern research microscope is used in Diatom Lab, the Zeiss Axio Scope.A1, but as a back-up instrument for routine work;

D) Science education;

E) Publication of articles and books on microscopy;

F) Production of mountants and fixatives for internal use;

G) Research and Invention of new substances for microscopy;

H) Research and Invention of new mounting techniques;

I) Quality, Quality, Quality

Stefano Barone is also a science educator and a photographer: he writes for several international naturalistic and lifestyle magazines. In his curriculum there are many collaborations with several publishing houses such as   Gruner + Jahr / Mondadori S.p.A, Sprea Editori S.p.A, Fotografare and Logos Publishing (Giardini & Ambiente). Here is a short list of some recent works and exhibitions:

- Barone, S. 2017. Osservazioni indimenticabili al microscopio (Alla scoperta di diatomee, radiolari e foraminiferi). Scienza & Tecnica Pratica, Vol. 3: 12-22 (ISBN 978-88-6928-249-2)

- Entomodena (Modena, Italy, April 8-9, 2017): Diatom Lab's exhibition about Plankton with Stefano Barone's documentaries and photography exhibition.
Live presentation of the arranged diatom slide "Arabesque, the amazing diatom arrangement (version A)" with 85 selected Diatoms mounted in Diatom Cubed mountant (see price list)

- Scienza & Natura Expo (Parco Esposizioni Novegro, Italy, March 25-26, 2017): live presentation of the 9 Form Test Plate: 9 micromanipulated resolution test diatoms mounted in Diatom Cubed (see price list)

-  Collaboration with David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities (series 3), produced by Humble Bee Films and distributed by BBC WORLDWIDE

- Barone, S. 2016. Nel micro come nel macro, Scienza e Conoscenza 58: 16-19

- Barone, S., 2017. Navicula oblonga, una diatomea "difficile" per prove di risoluzione estreme, L’hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 46: 20-23

- Barone, S., 2017. Il nuovissimo Test di risoluzione per microscopi ottici con nove diatomee micromanipolate, ovvero il 9 Form Test Plate (versione 1.0), L’hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 45: 20-23

- Top winner image of NIKON Small World 2016: 65 Radiolarians micromanipulated by Stefano Barone in Victorian style (100x). Mounted in natural Canada balsam. Photomicrography by Stefano Barone.
- December 2017 page of 2017 NIKON Small World Calendar

- Arranged microscope slide requested by the Istrael Society for Microscopy for the ISM Golden Jubilee 2016, May 31st - June 2nd 2016 ("Tapping into Victorian Diatom Art" exhibition): 54 micromanipulated diatoms that make the word "ISM2016"

- Barone, S., 2016. The Radiolaria of Barbados, sea gems under the microscope, Miscape Magazine 247

- Barone, S., 2016. I Radiolari di Barbados, gemme di mare al microscopio, L’hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 44: 16-18

- Barone, S., 2016. Universi fantastici, Asferico 51: 8-15

- Interview to Stefano Barone: "Art forms in Nature", The Photomicrography of Stefano Barone, Fossil News, Spring 2016, Vol. 17/1: 12-17

- The Visual Guide to 1mm (Japanese textbook for schools: 目でみる1mmの図鑑 ), Tokyo-Shoseki, 2015: photomicrographs by Stefano Barone printed on pages 5 and 49

- Photographic exhibition, VIII Biennale di Soncino (CR, Italy): art catalogue published by Skyra

- Photographic exhibition, Novegro Photo Cine (Parco Esposizioni Novegro, Italy): October 24-25 2015

- Main cover photograph by Stefano Barone,  L’hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 42 (2016)

- Barone, S., 2016. Un viaggio avventuroso alla ricerca delle preziose diatomiti di Saint-Laurent-la-Vernède (Francia), L’hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 41: 2-6 (main cover photograph by Stefano Barone)

- Barone, S., 2016. Rediscover Lumipan, the superb black enamel Carl Zeiss Jena research microscope. Miscape Magazine

- Barone, S., 2016. La fotografia al microscopio: un'opportunità originale e affascinante per il fotografo naturalista. IN PUBLICATION

- Barone, S., 2015. Dal Bello del microcosmo all'arte delle micromanipolazioni, L'hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 37: 10-13

- Barone, S., 2015. Il microscopio da ricerca "Lumipan" (Carl Zeiss Jena, 1939): segreti e virtù di un capolavoro d'altri tempi, L'hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica, 40: 22-25 (main cover photograph by Stefano Barone)

- Barone, S., 2015. Photomicrography and Art, Miscape magazine, 228: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artapr15/sb-photomicrography-and-art.html

- Barone, S., 2014. Bello e invisibile (Photomicrography), Fotografare 4: 80-83

- Barone, S., 2014. Fotografia al microscopio e Arte, L'hobby della Scienza e della Tecnica 35: 2-6 (also: main cover photograph by Stefano Barone)

- January 2016 page of the Calendar of The Micropalaeontological Society  http://www.tmsoc.org/
Stefano Barone is among the Winners of the Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016 of The Micropalaeontological Society. His photomicrograph about the micromanipulated radiolarians from Barbados - he has personally arranged - opens the 2016 year inside the beautiful calendar

- March 2015 page of the Calendar of NIKON's Small World 2015
(Stefano Barone is among the top winners of the NIKON's Small World 2015. His photomicrograph fills the March 2015 page)

- Permanent work of art ("Diatom - Oxygen - Breath") at the Crema Main Hospital entrance (Italy) with a photomicrograph of a Diatom placed inside a three-dimensional vision

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