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Looking for a website (NASA/NOAA? others certainly welcome) that has downloadable tab data of raw, uncorrected daily highs and lows as reported from all weather stations (or other direct, non-proxy sources) for the 20th century up to modern day. [more inside]
My spouse uses a glovebox at work (this is an inert atmosphere chamber - basically an air tight space that is filled with, in this case, argon). He needs to use a touch screen inside the glove box but since he's reaching inside of it with giant butyl gloves, it doesn't work. Any ideas for a good workaround? [more inside]
How fast must I drive on the Interstate 80 in Nebraska to keep within the umbra of the eclipse mid Aug?
Can anyone help with resources for identifying (I think) wild cotton seeds? [more inside]
Today I read in health news that Temple University has done a study which indicates that extra virgin olive oil may help in some aspects of some indicators for Altzheimer's. However, I can't find critical information in the paper. Do you see it? [more inside]
One day, every single crow in the Seattle area flies straight up into the air, disappearing from sight. They do not return the next day. What happens next? [more inside]
Woke up with a strange bite above my ankle. What did it? [more inside]
Is "donating ones body to science" just a hollywood cliche or do scientists actually really use cadavers to further research. Is it merely a euphemism for the act of med students practicing surgical techniques or is it something less prosaic?
I found this terrifying creature on my bathroom sink. Six legs and only about 5mm long, but it has pincers! What is it?
Here's a photo. It appears to have eight legs and and another pair of extra-long appendages that look like legs. It's about an inch long. What is it? [more inside]
There's gotta be somebody on this planet who can go to the hottest places on earth wearing a winter fur coat and not even sweat. Has this person been discovered yet?
I remember going on a hike a long time ago as a kid that was somewhere in the Cascades, possibly near Snoqualmie or Leavenworth. I'd like to go back but I can't remember what it was anymore. [more inside]
A recent blood test of my Caucasian mother revealed Sickle Cell Trait yet nowhere in her genealogical history going back many generations is there anyone from an ethnic group where this is more commonly found (African-Americans, Hispanics, South Asians, Middle East, southern Europe). I'm a student of my family genealogy and, while concerned about the medical issues, am nonetheless thrilled to know that my family is a bit more diverse than anyone realized. Some obvious questions arise, however... [more inside]
Can someone please explain to me the differences between a regular mirror, "true mirror", and a photograph? [more inside]
After mutilating countless slices of sourdough, I keep saying we need a butter dish. I've been researching dishes and came across several butter bells. This post explains how the butter bell works, with the water in direct contact with the bell. A butter boat, in contrast, is designed such that the water does not come into direct contact with the butter. Without the seal, how does the boat design keep the butter fresh?
Can you help me identify this plant that a friend received as a housewarming gift? Information about how to care for it also welcome.
Why do I dream about high school most nights? [more inside]
How does an acoustic (unpowered) megaphone (or gramophone horn) amplify sound? I know that it directs sound, and catches the sound that would go in less useful directions, but I am led to believe that it also actually amplifies sound by the principle of acoustic impedance matching. The problem is, I don't understand this concept. [more inside]
As is our yearly Memorial Weekend tradition, we camped up in the Catskills, on Mongaup Pond. While we also get bug bites (that's camping!) this year, some of us got strange bites we haven't experienced before. [more inside]
If we moved to another solar system, could we still make our own vitamin D? [more inside]