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Is expansion slowing down galaxies?

Does expansion of the universe decelerate orbits of planets and/or rotation of galaxies? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jun 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Panacea? Probably not.

Is there any science behind castor oil folk remedies? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on Jun 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Name some good Warhammer 40K novels.

I've just finished reading Let The Galaxy Burn, a collection of Warhammer 40k short stories, and I really liked it. What are some other good Warhammer 40k books? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Is it too late for me to become a scientist?

Can I still have a career in science? This economy caused both my spouse and I to lose our jobs and to relocate to find new employment after a 10-year corporate career. Thing is, I hated that career and only loved the money. Now, I am at a crossroads in life. [more inside]
posted by UseyurBrain on Jun 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Can I learn quantum mechanics?

I'm reading Quantum: a Guide for the Perplexed and I'm enjoying the graphics, history and simplification of the math and science used to explain quantum mechanics. But I'm reasonably well versed in math and science - I took a year of college physics, linear algebra, and diff eq about ten years ago. Is there any chance of me learning to understand the equations and papers of Planck and Einstein that are the basis of QM? Are there any good books that could help walk someone like me through this stuff? Or am I stuck as a layperson unless I earn a degree in math or physics?
posted by Grundlebug on May 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Origin of latin names for different species?

Is there a database of the origins of Binomial Latin names for species? [more inside]
posted by melissam on May 26, 2009 - 12 answers

Would you hire a new assistant professor from another field?

What are the chances that I will be able to get a job outside of my discipline following completion of the PhD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Why does this ice shatter?

Question for a friend: "When we make ice in ice cube trays w/our local spring water, it doesn't come out in whole cubes like it does when we use tap water. It fractures. Is this because of the high mineral content? What's going on and can you explain why?"
posted by Pressed Rat on May 21, 2009 - 9 answers

How to write a scientific literature review?

I'm at that point in my PhD where my experiment is (almost) up and running, so I have more free time to do other stuff. I've decided that writing a general introduction to my thesis will be less beneficial than trying to get a review article published. How do I go about writing a review article, from the perspective of an unpublished graduate student? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on May 16, 2009 - 12 answers

What have been the significant advances in biology since 1993?

What have been the significant advances in biology since 1993? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 15, 2009 - 18 answers

How to make a career out of canine behavioral rehab?

Say I wanted to make an earnest stab at shifting my career path to becoming a canine behaviorist/trainer/rehabilitator. What would my best options be for training/certification and what jobs could I expect to find afterwards? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on May 14, 2009 - 3 answers

It's a steady job, but he wants to be a paperback... editor

EmploymentFilter: I will soon have a job interview to be a copy editor/proofreader for a scientific publishing company. What sort of questions can I expect my interviewer to ask? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on May 14, 2009 - 7 answers

So ET won't be picking up the Olympic Games in 1936 Berlin?

Do radio waves attenuate and become noise or do they go on forever? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on May 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Can I get into a PhD program?

Will my Chemistry/science grades keep me from getting into a PhD program in a physical science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

You spin me right round, baby, right round

Due to a strange series of auction-related events, I am now the proud owner of a IEC clinical centrifuge (this model). [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on May 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Help a UK teacher get to San Francisco

ForeignTeacherFilter: I'm a secondary (11-19yrs) science teacher in the UK and want to teach in the San Francisco area from 2010 for a few years at least. Will probably have to go private at first due to accreditation process - any recommendations for schools to contact? [more inside]
posted by bullox on May 3, 2009 - 6 answers

What can be done with 6,000+ hard-copy books and a forensic engineer's lifetime paper collection in the "Age of Information"?

Is there a person or organization which will pick up and make productive use of a (non-famous) engineer/scientist's lifelong collection of books and papers? The local university libraries and relevant engineering organizations no longer accept hard-copy materials. I'm living across the country, and the family can't keep paying storage cube rental after my father's death. It's going to have to be an all-or-nothing donation in the next two or three months, or everything gets sent to a landfill. The storage facility is in the Ann Arbor, MI (USA) area - please see the extended explanation for details. [more inside]
posted by patience_limited on May 2, 2009 - 23 answers

Experiences with bench power supplies?

What are your experiences with different brands and types of benchtop/lab power supplies? Do certain ones fail more often than others? Easier to fix? Better power conditioning? [more inside]
posted by jwells on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Dating a hippy?

So, I've hit-it-off with someone and things seem to heading in a certain direction... there's only one catch: she's a big hippy (not-sizeist) and I'm not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 - 39 answers

Bible desert ice?

What's the bible verse that tells how to make ice in the desert? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Apr 28, 2009 - 16 answers

If the caveman diet is sound, should, er, people from the savanna eat differently?

I'm interested in knowing more about the caveman diet, and the logic behind it. Does the reasoning behind this diet dictate that the modern Korean should eat differently from the modern Englishman? But maybe more importantly, is the reasoning indeed sound? Or is it pseudo-science? Is this really what evolutionary biology would suggest? If so, how much of it should really dictate what a modern human, Korean or English or otherwise, should or shouldn't eat?
posted by Busoni on Apr 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Documentastic!

Free, _downloadable_, science documentaries? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Microwave mysteries

Sometimes I use the microwave for a few seconds to soften hard-frozen ice cream (for spoonability), or to soften a cold stick of butter (for spreadability). In these cases why does the center of the food heat first but the edges stay cooler; but when I microwave leftovers or soup in a dish for lunch, the edges of the food get hot first and middle stays cool? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Apr 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for a challenge, somethign easier than P ?= NP

I'd like to find a good online resource that poses interesting computer science problems. [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Apr 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Oh, how very random (or, how best to randomise my experiment)

Okay, here is my dilemma. I'm trying to get an experiment running in which I present a series of BMPs to my participants. After months of pain and suffering, I have finally tweaked a set of stimuli which work for me, so I'm swimming in around 3500 BMPs. But, since I can only torture my participants for an hour, I can only ask them to go through about 1200 of these BMPs, so I need some way to quickly and easily generate a selection of random BMPs from my bigger collection. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Apr 16, 2009 - 19 answers

Ancient Future History

Continuing a long tradition of "Name this [whatever]," I'm trying to identify a science fiction story or series of stories published in Boy's Life Magazine in the mid-1960s. [more inside]
posted by lhauser on Apr 12, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I balance my karma for testing on animals?

How do I balance my karma for testing on animals? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Apr 9, 2009 - 27 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Biology job search in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a good source to search for biology, ecology, conservation, zoology, etc, type jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Apr 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Was Schroedinger first or Borges: Which came first, the cat or the mirror?

Did Borges read Schroedinger?
The arithmetical system of Tlön "states that the operation of counting modifies quantities and changes them from indefinites into definites."
The sequence of history makes it possible. Borges's omnivorous reading habits and academic/social prowess help the probability. Yet Schroedinger's initial obscurity in the matter makes it less plausible.
Google has done nothing to answer the vital question: did Borges hear about Schroedinger's cat before he wrote Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Suggestions for graduate studies in technology and society area

I am looking for cross-disciplinary graduate/phd course in web technology. More specifically, relating to societal use of web from a global perspective. My goal is to become an expert in use of web based technologies in developing countries (which involves computer use, censorship, etc.). So far, what I have found is STS (science, technology and society) which sounds perfect, but from what I have seen, tend to be more in the areas of applied sciences and engineering. Then there is basic CS programs which tend to be more technology than societal aspects. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by _zed_ on Mar 31, 2009 - 7 answers

selling out while staying academic

How can math postdocs switch into more applied fields? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Hydrogen coalescence in formation of solar system?

I've been rewatching Carl Sagan's Cosmos since I found out it's available on Hulu. Last night, I was watching the episode in which Carl describes how the solar system was formed via the coalescence of particulate matter. But, something struck me as rather odd: if hydrogen and helium are lighter than the heavy elements (duh!) why is it that THEY coalesced into the center of the solar system to become the Sun? It seems to me the heavier elements would migrate towards the center of the maelstrom a bit faster than the lighter ones. Haven't been able to find out the reason for this, hoping the hive can help.
posted by Spoonman on Mar 31, 2009 - 30 answers

Tell me a story about the outdoors

What are your favorite layman's natural history books? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Mar 27, 2009 - 20 answers

binary job search

What can an unskilled Computer Science student do for the summer? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Mar 25, 2009 - 17 answers

Python or Java ...

Help me choose between Python and Java for a specific type of programming. [more inside]
posted by eebs on Mar 20, 2009 - 27 answers

What is nature's formulary?

Physics-filter: in the context of a diatribe against memorization, a physics professor of mine once mentioned that she fell in love with the discipline because all of modern physics can be derived from a few foundational equations. So, what are they? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl on Mar 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output.

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 17, 2009 - 27 answers

Now just add the parmesan cheese solution..

Miko says: I've seen a lot of similar "SCIENCE!" tricks done at the bar. In fact, I've known some bartenders who collected them and mastered them in order to perform for customers and thereby increase their tips and build their crowd. One of the most wonderful nights I ever had working was when a group of Navy engineers... [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Mar 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Testing the warmth of a blanket.

How can I empirically test the relative warmth of a blanket? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Mar 9, 2009 - 23 answers

Looking for childhood Encyclopedia set.

I’m trying to remember the name of a set of themed encyclopedias for children from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Mar 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Roll Call: Who's come unstuck in time?

Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Why do double-paned windows have a 2cm gap?

Why is a 2cm gap between window panes optimal? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Mar 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for crisp, royalty free medical illustrations with one-click purchasing.

Looking for crisp, royalty free medical illustrations with one-click purchasing. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2009 - 6 answers

HISTIDINE, WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?

What are the essential amino acids necessary to human growth and development? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Mar 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Where's my Soviet jetpack?

Soviet science: Besides the obvious topic of space exploration, name some examples of post World War II Soviet science that were so good, they entered global, widespread use without much modification and are perhaps still in use today. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Any recent failed scientific theories?

There are many examples of failed or replaced scientific theories throughout history, like heliocentrism or the four-element theory of matter. Can you think of any examples from the last 50-75 years of a theory once held in high regard that is now thoroughly discredited? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine on Mar 2, 2009 - 45 answers

Is that a textbook in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

What small, easy-to-carry-around books provide a satisfying introduction to mathematic and scientific fields, topics and/or concepts? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Feb 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Who studies the university?

Are there any academics who specialize in criticizing/studying academia? What are their names? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send on Feb 25, 2009 - 27 answers

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