MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Heating mantle and light microscope. A light microscope (right) and a heating mantle heating a bulb flask containing a yellow liquid (left). Heating mantles are items of laboratory equipment used to apply heat to containers and can reach much higher temperatures than water baths. As the heating element of a heating mantle is insulated from the container, glassware may be placed in direct contact with the heating mantle without shattering. Light microscopes use visible light, provided by a lamp (gold, bottom right), and a system of lenses to magnify details of objects.
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