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Treasure Coast Essay

Underwater eye

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new high-tech holographic microscope camera.  It’s being developed at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, a division of Florida Atlantic University.  The camera will allow researchers to watch microscopic creatures and particles in 3-D and real time in the Indian River Lagoon and other bodies of water.  They will able to keep an eye on blue-green algae – where it comes from and how it blooms.  The project is funded by a $900,000 federal grant.  The camera will weigh 60 to 70 pounds and be about the size of a duffel bag.  It could be produced for scientists around the world, with Harbor Branch holding intellectual property rights.  Smile, blue-green algae!  You’re on holographic microscope camera!  I’m Paul Janensch.