I have a number of problems with the CSI series, New York, Las Vegas or wherever they may be. First of all, I would like to know which kind of mass spectrometer spits out a number pinpointing the location of the murderer from a single speck of dirt under the fingernail of the murderee, with in the space of a half hour episode. Secondly, if your samples are not light sensitive why work in the dark?

Here at RSES our investigations tend to take a little longer, and we don’t always pinpoint the location of the villian. Sometimes a wave in the general direction is all we can do. HOWEVER,  we do operate and maintain some of the world’s best instrumentation as we solve the mysteries of our earth………..and we do it with the lights on.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (Radiocarbon)

Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP)

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)

Laser Ablation ICPMS