Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Well grounded

When you hear about people conducting research, what comes to mind? I remember the website for the first lab I worked in which displayed an intimidatingly sophisticated mash-up of lasers, pristine white lab coats, and researchers intensely looking through microscopes. Reality is different. In this photo is evidence to the contrary, one of the more creative attempts at grounding out the noise in our imaging system that probably won't make it onto any official website. Getting a clear picture from the system is often reminiscent of trying to watch a show using a hand-me-down rabbit-ear antenna which requires 1) luck, 2) simultaneously jumping on one foot, patting your head, and rubbing your stomach, and 3) use of the magic word "Abracadabra".  For usable experimental results, make sure to have your biological sample blessed by the appropriate patron saint in advance.

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