What should I name my new project? (hint: it involves hair and significant historical figures). [more inside]
How would you get through a black hole? [more inside]
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]
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]
Where do you go to discuss science online? [more inside]
Could an AI zombify another? [more inside]
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]
A young microbiologist feels stifled & unsatisfied at his current job and seeks something more creative and people-oriented. [more inside]
What are the important political science, international relations, or military history texts written originally in Spanish? [more inside]
Show me the Best Online Science Fiction book list... Not a title, but a list! [more inside]
I'm planning a career change and need help on how best to tackle A-level Biology [more inside]
What's a good, evidence-based pregnancy book? [more inside]
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?
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.
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?
Science, why hast thou forsaken me? Help me work out why my PVA slime isn't slimy. [more inside]
How was it proved that gravitation was a function of mass? [more inside]
What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try. [more inside]
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?
What's the best reading available for a summary of "Junk Science"? [more inside]
Is it too late for me to get into physics? [more inside]
Do you know of any old books which predicted (correctly or incorrectly) 'future' advances and applications of emergent technology? [more inside]
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]
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?
Does expansion of the universe decelerate orbits of planets and/or rotation of galaxies? [more inside]
Is there any science behind castor oil folk remedies? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Is there a database of the origins of Binomial Latin names for species? [more inside]
What are the chances that I will be able to get a job outside of my discipline following completion of the PhD? [more inside]
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?"
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]
What have been the significant advances in biology since 1993? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do radio waves attenuate and become noise or do they go on forever? [more inside]
Will my Chemistry/science grades keep me from getting into a PhD program in a physical science? [more inside]
Due to a strange series of auction-related events, I am now the proud owner of a IEC clinical centrifuge (this model). [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What's the bible verse that tells how to make ice in the desert? [more inside]
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?
Free, _downloadable_, science documentaries? [more inside]
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]
How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
I'd like to find a good online resource that poses interesting computer science problems. [more inside]