Saturday, December 6, 2008

Real and Reel Science on CSI MIami by Margot Justes

I missed last week’s blog, another one of those weekends where real life took over, and I wound up with a miserable cold-which leads me to this blog.

I actually spent some time watching TV-one show-CSI Miami-I was asked to watch because my daughter (the scientist) actually participated in the research for one of the instruments they used; brand new, very exciting research with incredible potential, desorption electrospray ionization or DESI for short.

The instrument can identify and find fingerprints buried beneath a multitude of others, it can identify the chemical signature and can also identify what an individual recently handled. I’d say that’s pretty cool.

I normally don’t watch the show because the Technicolor is just so, how shall I put it
-colorful…I’ve been there, reality is far more timid. But I appreciate the fact that they gave real science a boost in a reel world.

One other show I watched this week is Numbers, I like it. The math is complicated, but math makes the world go round, so I listen and try to understand and while it’s being explained I grasp it. Really I do. But my comprehension is very short-lived as soon as he’s done explaining, I’m done understanding-but again the science is real. Numbers also mentioned DESI, this one I wasn’t expecting, and was delighted and proud that my daughter had a hand in the research.

Till next Saturday,
Margot Justes
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Morgan Mandel said...

Science and numbers are beyond my comprehension. I'm a word person. I wish I were better at numbers. Maybe I'd have more money. (g)

Morgan Mandel

Bernard J Rossi said...

I love numbers but have trouble with the 'style' of CSI Miami. I love the science and the numbers (and now the DESI) but as a writer I hate the dialogue. Perhaps some of the corny lines could go and we could get some true dialogue and more of the world would then get to hear about DESI and many other exciting advances in the world of science.

Bernard J Rossi
Author - Room 22 & Arlington Reef