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a massive book of freaky beasties

Massive, gorgeous book of illustrated biological species and specimens, possibly Victorian-era, found at Z Gallerie a year or so ago -- help! [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jan 16, 2008 - 8 answers

How does hair know how long to grow?

How does hair know how long to grow? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Jan 10, 2008 - 9 answers

I love big *, I cannot lie

Why do people like certain body types - depending on what culture they grow up in? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Jan 6, 2008 - 12 answers

What can I do with a BS in biology?

What can I do with a BS in biology? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Nov 27, 2007 - 29 answers

SVM, HMM, and wavelets in bioinformatics

I'd like to learn about SVM, HMM and wavelet algorithms in their usage in bioinformatics. I have a somewhat rudimentary understanding of the underlying mathematics from Wikipedia and a couple other sources, but I find that a concrete demonstration of their application fleshes it out. Are there texts, software packages (preferably free) or papers you'd recommend that: 1) includes good starter problem sets, or; 2) demonstrates how these techniques are used in research applications (beyond "we used xyz here"). Thanks!
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me design a science competition!

I have been given the task of designing questions for the biology portion of an 8th grade science competition. Unfortunately I don't know what today's 8th graders are learning in biology, and the people running the competition aren't being much help. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Nov 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Books about evolution?

What is a good book about modern evolutionary theories? [more inside]
posted by solistrato on Nov 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

Study helps for chemistry/biology?

What are some good free online study guides/helps for Chemistry and Biology?
posted by macsigler on Nov 3, 2007 - 5 answers

I am looking for gardening experiments

I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Opportunities to Work and Learn in Africa.

Looking for environment/ecology volunteering opportunities in Africa. [more inside]
posted by greytape on Oct 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Scientific evidence of reproduction urge?

Is there scientific evidence that animals have an innate/instinctual urge to reproduce? Is there scientific evidence that it is the same in humans? [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Jul 11, 2007 - 45 answers

PMS. WTF.

What is the evolutionary relevance of PMS?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 2, 2007 - 49 answers

Fish skull thingies

Icthyoid anatomy question: what are these things inside fish skulls? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Jun 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Learning science while travelling abroad

Please help me keep my science education going while I trot around the globe. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on May 12, 2007 - 10 answers

would vacuum damage a corpse?

Would vacuum damage a corpse? This is actually a scientific research question (at the end of the explanations). [more inside]
posted by eebs on May 6, 2007 - 20 answers

Is passion with average competence enough for a research career?

Is bio research what I should do with my life? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Apr 8, 2007 - 16 answers

All the basic units of life.

I'm interested in cells. As many different types as can be identified, and the more specific the better. Preferably mammalian, certainly vertebrate (otherwise the the list would be too big!). [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Mar 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Why are there no freshwater squid?

Why are there no freshwater squid?
posted by jonesor on Mar 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Why aren't other carnivore species intelligent?

First off, please excuse me for being a Biology ignorant. I seem to remember reading somewhere that men are so intelligent today because of they high protein consumption, in form of meat, which caused the brain to grow during evolution, making our species more intelligent than the others. If this is true, why don't we have superintelligent lions and other carnivore animals walking on twos and building cities and electing the mayor in Lionland, PA? They eat way more meat than we do.
posted by dcrocha on Feb 23, 2007 - 33 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Drastically Disparate Double Marjos– Can it work?

Is it foolhardy to pursue such different double majors as graphic design and neuroscience? [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek on Feb 15, 2007 - 38 answers

Just curious

Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Feb 11, 2007 - 15 answers

If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted?

SpoiledFruitFilter: If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on Jan 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Time is tissue!

TissueCultureFilter: Does anyone know the etymology behind calling cell scrapers 'policemen'? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Nov 21, 2006 - 5 answers

Can vaccination increase virulence?

Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird on Oct 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Post-Baccalaureate College Admissions in Biology

Does anyone have advice for a thirty-something with an art history degree who wants to go back to school for a B.S. in biology? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Oct 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Number of deaths in a life?

How often is a human body completely "new"? Or: No cell composing my body existed a month, a year, [the time I'm looking for] ago. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Oct 5, 2006 - 22 answers

Breathing but no pulse?

Why can your heart carry on beating when you've stopped breathing but not the other way round?
posted by denishowe on Sep 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Urinating from sex organs

Why do humans and animals(?) urinate from their sex organs? Are these two bodily functions in some way related? Are their examples of animals that pee & have sex with parts of their bodies that are spaced far apart? [more inside]
posted by selton on Jul 22, 2006 - 32 answers

When does the body die?

I've got a probably horribly complicated question about death. How long after the brain stops braining does the body actually die? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jul 7, 2006 - 15 answers

How much to commission a painting of a logo?

How much should we expect to pay for an artist to create our logo on canvas? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jul 6, 2006 - 11 answers

TMB Substrate Creation

Biology Research Filter: How do you make your own TMB substrate solution for use with an ELISA kit? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 on Jul 6, 2006 - 4 answers

6 sexes?

How many sexes are there? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Jun 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Why am I unattractive to local mosquitos?

Why don't Bay Area mosquitos bite me? Last year, in Desolation Wilderness (CA), the air was thick with mosquitos, and I was bitten liberally and painfully. This year, in my apartment in the Bay Area, the air is again thick with mosquitos and I am without noticeable bites. Why? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Jun 25, 2006 - 18 answers

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? Please share your wisdom.

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Jun 21, 2006 - 33 answers

Wildlife summer in the City

What are great summertime biology-themed date/experience/outings based from the Chicagoland area? (Drivable okay)
posted by onalark on Jun 17, 2006 - 16 answers

Human vs Animal Brains:

What experiments have been carried out where animals perform better than us at particular cognitive tasks? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Curly vs. straight: what gives?

What is the cause of curly hair, and further, why does the curliness of hair differ? Proteins? If so, is it genetic? How do "hair-straightening" products work? [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Apr 24, 2006 - 6 answers

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"?

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Mar 21, 2006 - 29 answers

Statistical analysis package for OS X needed.

SPSS is fine but produces offensively ugly figures. R has nice, clean output but is otherwise inscrutable. Statistica is, alas, Windows-only. Mathematica isn't really it, either. What statistics package should I use for OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Mar 17, 2006 - 21 answers

As zombies get weaker, we get stronger

Zombiefilter: How long would it take before a zombie's muscles were no longer functional? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Mar 11, 2006 - 42 answers

What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear?

EndOfTheWorldFilter: Biologists in the house? What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear? [more inside]
posted by frogan on Feb 21, 2006 - 26 answers

Mendel without Malthus, comrade

I want to know more about the history of Russian biology--especially in the period from Darwin to Lysenko (roughly 75 years). I don't know any Russian, so the source has to be in English. Anyone know anything that would fit this description?
posted by onetreehill on Feb 20, 2006 - 2 answers

Lineweaver-burk woes.

BioChemistryFilter: How do I read the vMax and Km off of a Lineweaver-burk plot? [more inside]
posted by tnai on Feb 15, 2006 - 9 answers

How do you measure intelligence across species?

Assume you had a list of different animal species, and you wanted to order it from most intelligent species to least. (1) What measure of intelligence would you use to compare different species--average number of neurons, for example, or ability to solve certain kinds of tests? Or something else entirely? (2) Can you give some examples of how some common farm, food, or pet animals might rank on the list? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Why is phosphorus so biologically important?

To the biochemists: what's so special about phosphorus? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Jan 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Speciation and Chromosome Counts

How do species come to have different numbers of chromosomes? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on Jan 20, 2006 - 14 answers

Am I a crank operated well?

[PeeFilter] Why is it that raising my right arm while I am urinating seems to make my...um...stream flow with more pressure? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Jan 12, 2006 - 12 answers

...Oh my!

Plasmids, prokaryotes, and markers... [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Jan 10, 2006 - 16 answers

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