Friday, January 24, 2014

What if TV Science Were More Like Real Science?


"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham
www.phdcomics.com

I first LOL'ed at this comic strip in April of 2009. I'd like to think that in five short years, science has come a long  way…and that real science has finally caught up to TV science. Here are some reasons why:

Serial killers would have plenty of time to get away

They can run, but they can’t hide! DNA can last for as long as forty years on paper, cardboard and untreated wood. And now, even highly degraded DNA can be used for identification with SNP analysis. This new technology means that decades-old homicide cases are being solved, leading to arrests and closure for the victim's families.

Special agents would never figure out who the villain is

Advancements in digital photography have made it possible to recover a perpetrator’s image simply by zooming in the victim's eyes. Yes, it can be of poor image quality since the image is about 30,000 times smaller than the subject and requires contrast adjustment but it is still recognizable. A recent study published in the journal PLOS One confirmed that participants successfully recognized familiar faces 71% of the time, even at this low resolution.

Myth debunking would never get past peer review.

I’m sure you know just how many people are convinced that Bigfoot is out there and a Texas-based forensics group has claimed to have conclusive DNA evidence.  This data may not have gotten past peer review… but it was certainly published! In 2012, DeNovo Journal published an article containing data on over 100 samples of alleged Bigfoot DNA.

Robots would never take over the world

Okay, so they haven’t taken over the world. But that’s a good thing right? Watson the supercomputer may have won the $1 million Jeopardy prize but it is still going through constant improvement. Just like Watson, the robots in our lives continually get a new and improved version- not with the goal of global control, but to make human lives easier.

Here at BioTek, we're no different. Our own robotic stacker, the BioStack just got better. Along with a dual carrier  for speed, the new BioStack4 also has de-lidding capability and can work with low density microplates up to 22 mm tall. Imagine the possibilities!

If you were at SLAS 2014, you may have seen it in person. Otherwise, see it in action here and realize how BioTek science can be exactly like real science.


By: BioTek Instruments, Ellaine Abueg Ph.D., Product Manager, Specialist



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