Friday Whatsit for August 13, 2010
Everyone is getting so good at the Friday Whatsits I thought I would put up something a little more challenging.
Imaging is not just about taking pretty pictures, although reviewers of manuscripts and grants often want just that: a pretty picture of whatever it is a scientist is trying to describe in words. Pictures do serve to illustrate data, but they can also be used to generate data, if you can find a way to extract the information you need. The image on the right used to be a picture of some round little cells sitting on a coverslip. Until I transformed it into a useful tool by manipulating it with the computer. Just the picture was transformed, mind you. Innocent cells were not harmed in the making of this image.
What it the name of this tool and what information does it give?
Possible hint for the geometrically minded: Ignore the colors but know this, each colored band is one pixel wide and in the non-color coded (greyscale) version, the centers were all intensity 0, the next band is 1, the next is 2, etc until it bumps into another band. The whole scheme can also be inverted.
Muhahaha. . . challenging, but much closer to real science than the last few weeks. More sciency, as one of my readers suggested. Go forth and guess! Answer on Monday!