How does the caterpillar become the butterfly (why does one part of the chrysalis know to become a leg, and another a wing)? Is it as simple/complicated as the cell division of a human fetus? Does the transformation of this jelly into a butterfly occur from the head down, or all at once? Anyone? [more inside]
I just found out that I have an phone interview for a faculty (assistant professor) position (biology) at a liberal-arts college this Wednesday afternoon. Yay! But I've never actually had a formal interview before. Help! Also, I'm pregnant. Questions and advice requests inside. [more inside]
I'm going to college soon. (Age 24; been working a desk job in health care since I was 18.) I've got an inkling I want to study biology. Recommend me some books to help me get the lay of the land and get fired up about this. [more inside]
How can I find a summer program where I can provide medical care overseas, without any actual medical training? [more inside]
How has our understanding of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, etc. changed in the last five years? [more inside]
How can I get a digital copy of my own DNA? How much will it cost? Is the cost likely to become reasonable any time soon? [more inside]
Help me find a book about evolution by Kirchner. [more inside]
Name-my-major, Hivemind. So I go to an unusual school in that we don't have clear-cut majors, and we basically pick an area of "focus". I'm actually currently (unofficially) studying my own brain, because it's strangely hampered in certain capacities (like the process of reading music, despite being very musical and understanding cognitively exactly what's going on), or performing basic math (despite endless repetition). It's also weirdly bolstered in other regards: I have an unbelievable propensity for forming the visual "distortions" one might associate with hallucinogens. [more inside]
Apparently, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny! Which I can only assume means something! [more inside]
Scientific History Filter / Native German Speaker Filter. What did Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das war ja toll!" mean? [more inside]
I have a question about persistence of vision and flashing lights... There will be maths and biology involved. [more inside]
How long does an allergen remain allergenic? [more inside]
At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor). What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
Massive, gorgeous book of illustrated biological species and specimens, possibly Victorian-era, found at Z Gallerie a year or so ago -- help! [more inside]
How does hair know how long to grow? [more inside]
Why do people like certain body types - depending on what culture they grow up in? [more inside]
What can I do with a BS in biology? [more inside]
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!
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]
What is a good book about modern evolutionary theories? [more inside]
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]
What are some good free online study guides/helps for Chemistry and Biology?
I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
Looking for environment/ecology volunteering opportunities in Africa. [more inside]
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]
What is the evolutionary relevance of PMS?
Icthyoid anatomy question: what are these things inside fish skulls? [more inside]
Please help me keep my science education going while I trot around the globe. [more inside]
Would vacuum damage a corpse? This is actually a scientific research question (at the end of the explanations). [more inside]
Is bio research what I should do with my life? [more inside]
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]
Why are there no freshwater squid?
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.
"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]
Is it foolhardy to pursue such different double majors as graphic design and neuroscience? [more inside]
Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
SpoiledFruitFilter: If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted? [more inside]
TissueCultureFilter: Does anyone know the etymology behind calling cell scrapers 'policemen'? [more inside]
Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
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]
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]
Why can your heart carry on beating when you've stopped breathing but not the other way round?
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]
I've got a probably horribly complicated question about death. How long after the brain stops braining does the body actually die? [more inside]
How much should we expect to pay for an artist to create our logo on canvas? [more inside]
Biology Research Filter: How do you make your own TMB substrate solution for use with an ELISA kit? [more inside]
How many sexes are there? [more inside]
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]
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]