Technology at a Research Lab

It’s interesting being at RTC and seeing the slightly incongruous mix of old and state of the art technology.

On the one hand they have positively ancient computers (that is to say, 7-8 years old….) some of them still running Windows ’98–though most have XP on them.

And on the other they have things like the Flocytometer and the Mass Spectrometer. These are expensive, wonderfully sensitive, and endlessly complex machines.

Learning how to work them is not all that complicated. Most have a program that interfaces with a computer that they’re hooked up to (which is actually the reason the operating systems are so old, still doesn’t explain the hardware itself though….). But even being around a Mass Spec is pretty exciting.


About dash1224

Student at Sir Francis Drake High School in the SEA-DISC Academy. Writing about my internship at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.
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