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June 30

Did lamb in artifical uterus live?

I've search high and low but cannot find the fate of the lamb(s) that were grown in an artificial womb. I'm just genuinely curious. Were they delivered or what? Thanks much!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 9:54 AM - 3 answers

June 24

Looking for the best raw climate change data in tab form

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]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 6:06 AM - 2 answers

How to be able to use a touchscreen device in a glovebox

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]
posted by sciencegeek at 4:47 AM - 18 answers

June 23

Time vs Distance

How fast must I drive on the Interstate 80 in Nebraska to keep within the umbra of the eclipse mid Aug?
posted by hortense at 2:27 PM - 9 answers

June 22

Wild Cotton

Can anyone help with resources for identifying (I think) wild cotton seeds? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 6:46 AM - 4 answers

Reading a medical study paper

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]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 1:17 AM - 8 answers

June 19

What happens when all the crows just up and leave?

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]
posted by bigbigdog at 12:47 PM - 12 answers

What bit me?

Woke up with a strange bite above my ankle. What did it? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 8:41 AM - 6 answers

June 17

Please Explain "donating ones body to science"

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?
posted by ambulocetus at 12:09 AM - 22 answers

June 16

What is this tiny but menacing bug?

I found this terrifying creature on my bathroom sink. Six legs and only about 5mm long, but it has pincers! What is it?
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:00 AM - 7 answers

June 15

What is this weird gross bug?

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]
posted by compartment at 11:08 AM - 6 answers

June 13

Who is the opposite of The Iceman (Wim Hof)?

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?
posted by querty at 6:44 AM - 4 answers

June 12

What was this Seattle area hike?

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]
posted by Orca at 9:01 PM - 7 answers

Tracing a Genetic Inheritance?

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]
posted by Jamesonian at 6:40 AM - 10 answers

June 11

true mirror

Can someone please explain to me the differences between a regular mirror, "true mirror", and a photograph? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin at 11:51 AM - 15 answers

June 9

ScienceFilter: How do butter boats keep butter fresh?

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?
posted by onecircleaday at 10:37 AM - 18 answers

June 5

Yet another plant identification

Can you help me identify this plant that a friend received as a housewarming gift? Information about how to care for it also welcome.
posted by zebra at 5:24 PM - 3 answers

May 30

What is my brain trying to tell me?

Why do I dream about high school most nights? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 9:29 AM - 21 answers

How does an acoustic megaphone work?

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]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:14 AM - 8 answers

What crazy bug does this to campers?

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]
posted by RajahKing at 8:06 AM - 9 answers

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