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History through hair.

What should I name my new project? (hint: it involves hair and significant historical figures). [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Aug 3, 2009 - 27 answers

Under Pressure

How would you get through a black hole? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Aug 3, 2009 - 28 answers

Help me honor the pursuit of science and truth with tattoos!

I've been thinking of getting a tattoo for a long time, but only recently decided what would be meaningful enough to have permanently emblazoned on my body. I'd like to pay tribute to Galileo and others like him - the general concept of testing hypotheses, the power of logic and rational thinking, and not believing things just because they are the status quo. In short, Science - It Works, Bitches. What are some good quotes and symbols I can incorporate into a design? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Aug 3, 2009 - 39 answers

What does a qualitative dissertation look like for a quantitative grad student?

Defended the MA, it's on its way to being published. Great! Dissertation chair wants me to continue with the project, adding a qualitative/comparative component. Uh oh. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 - 8 answers


Where do you go to discuss science online? [more inside]
posted by clearly on Jul 30, 2009 - 11 answers

Say termites took over your mind...

Could an AI zombify another? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

I think I need to change my career. Is teaching the right one for me?

Should I go in to teaching? What's it like teaching primary (up to 11-12 year old kids)? Do you get to do much science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Escape from QA

A young microbiologist feels stifled & unsatisfied at his current job and seeks something more creative and people-oriented. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Jul 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Spanish International Relations

What are the important political science, international relations, or military history texts written originally in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Jul 15, 2009 - 4 answers

What is the best list of Science Fiction books?

Show me the Best Online Science Fiction book list... Not a title, but a list! [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 on Jul 13, 2009 - 12 answers

Help with A-level Biology study skills

I'm planning a career change and need help on how best to tackle A-level Biology [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Jul 12, 2009 - 5 answers

The Evidence-Based Pregnancy?

What's a good, evidence-based pregnancy book? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Jul 10, 2009 - 20 answers

Please identify this old set of science fiction stories

Can you ID these short stories and help me find them? I think there were at least two, they were written by Keith Laumer, and they appeared in a paperback IF anthology that I can't find. They are about the right of revolution (one may be titled something like that) and take place on a mining colony on another planet. I think the first is about the miners who revolt and are led by an Ayn-Rand-character-like person (his name is John Ralt or something). The second is about the 'ARcl' person who is now in charge and must deal with dissenters who contest his moral and political authority. And were there any more stories in this vein, or just two?
posted by Mr. Justice on Jul 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Why did passenger airships (zeppelins, etc) take so long to develop?

In search of an aeronautical/science historian who can explain something to a history major with next to no engineering background. I understand that in 1852 Henri Giffard built an airship with a steam powered engine, but it wasn't until gas engines are more commonly used that zeppelins and other larger, more navigable craft were employed. Is the answer that gas is enough more powerful than steam, that smaller, lighter engines could be used? Was something wrong with his propeller design? Or was there a different path that could have been explored with the materials/technology on hand in the mid-nineteenth century that they didn't notice, that in hindsight is clear? Many thanks - no real reason, just terribly curious.
posted by korej on Jul 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Any clue what old science film this is?

I'm trying to track down an old science film that chronicled the creation of a new volcanic island in the North Sea that formed over the period of several months. The film depicted the rapid creation of sandy beaches and then showed how quickly animal life migrated from nearby islands. Sorry, not much to go by, but any ideas on what the name of this film might be?
posted by arathorn on Jul 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Wither art thou, Slimer?

Science, why hast thou forsaken me? Help me work out why my PVA slime isn't slimy. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 6, 2009 - 5 answers

How was it proved that mass exerts the gravitic forces?

How was it proved that gravitation was a function of mass? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Jul 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Bill Nye should be a Mefite.

What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try.

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Could/should I switch from graphic design to science?

I suffered from depression and social anxiety throughout my mid to late teens so I did poorly in my A-levels which I picked based more on how easy I thought they'd be than how much they interested me. I managed to get into a decent Art School thanks to my graphics portfolio but I was miserable there. I transferred to a different school and got treatment for depression and was much happier. I just got my results for the first year though and they were terrible - I just barely passed. I'm starting to think I'm not suited to art school. I feel like I missed my chance to find a subject that really interests me and now I'm stuck on a career path which I'm not suited for. I keep fantasizing about going into science - I've always been interested in it and both of my brothers have science degrees - but I'd have to start from scratch and I have no idea if I'd be any good at it. Is this just a dumb pipe dream or is it something I should look into?
posted by Andy Harwood on Jul 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Best reading on junk science

What's the best reading available for a summary of "Junk Science"? [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 1, 2009 - 21 answers

Is it too late to become an amateur physicist?

Is it too late for me to get into physics? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Back to the Future Books

Do you know of any old books which predicted (correctly or incorrectly) 'future' advances and applications of emergent technology? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Jun 25, 2009 - 19 answers

Economics' greatest hits? ... or... Where's the science in economics?

As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Is this a type of archeologist or a type of pathologist?

What does a paleopathologist actually do? I'm not looking for technical terms, but rather "a day in the life of." Is there another term for this specialty that can lead to more information about the profession?
posted by biochemist on Jun 18, 2009 - 4 answers

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


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

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