Greetings, and welcome to the 4th issue of the Macroscopic Solutions eNewsletter! We would like to welcome our new subscribers – and thank all of you that have been following us for some time.

We have created a new section for this month’s newsletter, titled “Notable Macropod Images.” This section features our most popular images captured within the past month.

As always, we will be providing you with information on upcoming conferences where we will be exhibiting the Macropod. Coming up, we have Botany 2014 in Boise, ID and Entomology 2014 in Portland, OR.

For those of you attending Botany 2014, be sure to continue reading to learn how to win $250 dollars worth of Macroscopic Solutions imaging services!

Finally, we discuss new applications for the Macropod in metallurgy and aquatic biology, and acknowledge some important people in the scientific world!

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Macroscopic Solutions eNewsletter.

Co-founder, Dan Saftner


Quality Testing of Metals using the Macropod

Macrophotography is an incredibly unique style of photography, and may be the best method to focus in on the fine details of the world around us. Though, if asked to think of your favorite macro-shots, chances are good that you would think about water drops on a blade of grass, the scales of a butterfly wing, or maybe the human eye.

Macroscopic Solutions appreciates the beauty of these intricate objects (and thoroughly enjoys imaging them!), but the truth is, macrophotography has a wide range of untapped applications. With the Macropod, these possibilities are being explored.

The Macropod is being used for quality assurance of metals. Whether these metals are being used to make wheels, turbine blades, or even guardrails, the metal forging industry works hard to guarantee quality products. With the high-resolution images produced by the Macropod, the quality of these metals is properly tested.

Laser-ablated zone on turbine blade. The blade was used in a Rolls-Royce turbine engine and the image shows the results of novel refurbishing methods up close.

A good fiber optics cable port (left) compared with a bad fiber optics cable port (right).

The fracture surface from a failed 505 tensile test (broke prematurely).

Rust on the threads of a metal hook.

Imaging in Fluids

Photostacking has always been a challenge when working with samples that are preserved in liquids.  In recent time, some have honed their abilities and mastered their aquatic techniques. While they produce some amazing images, the Macropod makes it easy for you.  In recent months, Macroscopic Solutions has captured many images of samples that are aqueous in nature. 

You can see many of these images here:

Mayfly Choroterpes sp.

Mayfly Choroterpes sp.

Male Caddisfly (without abdomen)



Macroscopic Solutions’ online image database provides the scientific community and the public with full access to high-resolution images captured with the Macropod. Within the database, viewers discuss the images and their significance, and select which pictures they enjoy or benefit from the most.

The most popular images from the past month are found here:

Flesh fly (Sarcophagidae). Collected and imaged in Pittsburgh, PA.

The eye of an 8-year-old crested gecko. Cared for by Brigette Zacharczenko of the EEB Department at the University of Connecticut. Imaged at the University of Connecticut.

Unidentified ant. Collected and imaged in Pittsburgh, PA.

Juvenile Hawaiian Bobtail Squid (Euprymna scolopes). Imaged at the University of Connecticut.

Panoramic image of a damselfly. Collected and imaged in Coventry, CT.



Botany 2014 – Boise, ID

Plant scientists unite! From July 26-30, professors, students, professionals, policymakers, and enthusiasts will gather at the Boise Centre to discuss today’s most important topics related to botany. Macroscopic Solutions will be exhibiting their high-resolution imaging system, the Macropod, and capturing images throughout the duration of the event.

Bring your favorite plant to the Macroscopic Solutions booth at Botany 2014. By showing this newsletter, you will receive one free high-resolution image of your plant – AND - you will be entered for a chance to win $250 worth of Macroscopic Solutions imaging services. Click here to read more about imaging services.

Entomology 2014 – Portland, OR

Last year, Macroscopic Solutions participated in their first exhibition at the Entomological Society of America in Austin, TX and will be returning for the meeting this year in Portland, OR. They had the privilege of meeting many of the first newsletter subscribers in Austin and are looking forward to meeting with you all again this year. One free image will be provided for those of you that have subscribed to this newsletter, as well as attendees that sign up at the conference. Therefore, remember your samples and memory cards!


Macroscopic Solutions Web Manager, Jake Bellaire

Macroscopic Solutions could not function without its key members that work behind the scenes. Web Manager Jake Bellaire is single handedly responsible for all IT and technical matters that exist within the company. He has built and designed the Macroscopic Solutions website, image gallery, and even this newsletter. He handles all of these issues with an incredibly high level of professionalism. His talent, time and support have not only helped make Macroscopic Solutions easily discoverable, but he has directly contributed to its success.

Jake is also acting as the web manager for Marjorie Rivera – Psychic medium, Minister, Speaker and Teacher. Rev. Marjorie Augustine Rivera is a professional Psychic Medium who has been a full time reader in the Pittsburgh area since 2000. She is a published author, a magazine columnist, and a radio talk show host! You can learn more about Marjorie and see the progess Jake has made on her website so far, by clicking here!


Anyone intersted in web design work can contact Jake directly via e-mail,

Jure Zalohar and T-tecto

Macroscopic Solutions supports small and/or new companies that are assisting research scientists with their discoveries.  Jure Zalohar released a strain analysis software program called T-tecto and has offered it freely for fifteen years.  To sustain development and availability of the program, he has released a commercial version called T-tecto Studio X5.  It contains more than 60 new features, 5 new large modules and significantly improved graphics that are specifically designed for geoscientists. They analyze geological data in order to reconstruct and separate the different tectonic stress regimes for any given area.  Wait…. Whaaa?

Let us explain. For decades, scientists have been using new methods to help us better understand how and where earthquakes can occur.  Geologists regularly observe and measure geological structures in order to understand the Earth’s tectonic processes. It’s from these structures that geologists can interpret the past and present stresses that are responsible for nearly all of the seismic activity that has occurred throughout the history of the Earth. It would require extreme focus and patience to perform the tedious calculations that T-tecto can efficiently perform.  

T-tecto is a useful tool that incorporates decades of science into one program so that geologists can quickly and easily determine how the rocks beneath your feet are moving.  Therefore, the next time you live through or read the dangers about an earthquake or a tsunami, convince the administration at your institution to fund its geoscience programs so that they can benefit humanity and the future of scientific discovery by using T-tecto Studio X5.  

For more information about T-tecto, Click Here!