Which Science Gets Mangled The Worst Onscreen?

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Sometimes the real-life and on-screen versions of a scientific field can be so far apart that the only thing they share is a name. (Please note, Hollywood: The job of an archeologist is to preserve ruins, not destroy them.) Today, we want to know which science continually gets the worst hatchet job on screen.

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Tell us your pick for the most misrepresented science and explain just how the real and on-screen versions differ, particularly if the scientific field going through the wringer happens to be your own. Be sure to share the most egregious on-screen examples in the comments, too!

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Jerk Dently

Would computer programming and hacking count as science? Because the on-screen depictions vs real life are light years apart - firewalls breached and hacked in 30 seconds, digital surveillance images enhanced past HD resolution, etc. Happens on every show where there is a computer - CSI, Criminal Minds, Arrow, Bones, etc.