How to break into science writing for magazines? What are the strengths/weaknesses of using a traditional vs non-mainstream approach (eg, a blog). [more inside]
What equipment do I need to become an EE student cum amateur hacker? For bonus points, where can I buy it (either online or in person) in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break!
[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break! [more inside]
How to meet academic/intellectual/geeky people when you work in a mechanical trade (millwright), and can't feasibly go to college at the moment although you want to badly? [more inside]
ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
What's a decent microscope for a seven-year old boy? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a children's science fiction book (or series of books) that I read about 35 years ago. One had a giant tentacled creature that held the good guys in its tentacles--drawn either on the cover or within the book. The other book I think was called "The Boy With the Power". The boy of the title I think was eventually revealed to have telekinisis or something, but as the book starts, he has amnesia and wakes up on a planet of Alpha Centuri, where he walks by a barbecue, smells hot dogs and hamburgers, and finds the hambergers tastier. Odd collection of things I remember--can anyone find links to the actual books?
Will there be any real world, practical applications from what will be learned with the Large Hadron Collider? [more inside]
Suggest some magazines which publish short stories and poetry that are not stuffy and pretentious. Also, any science fiction magazines that are worth reading would be greatly appreciated as well. [more inside]
Are there any large (national) Art & Technology societies in the US? [more inside]
How do I get published in policy and trade magazines? [more inside]
What exists out there that discusses Tao not in the context of self-help or meditation but rather how its philosophies bear on practical aspects of art, scientific thinking, skills requiring concentration, etc? Case in point: it encourages an open mind and total awareness. I've read a good part of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance but it seems that's more about our relationship to technology. Related non-Tao items of interest are fine.
I am trying to make a preliminary (or maybe final) decision on what foreign language I should study with respect to a computer science major after transferring to the University of Michigan. Any pointers??? [more inside]
When I was a kid I had a wonderful science book that had an aluminum cover and lots of "experiments" inside. Does anyone know this book? Many thanks in advance. [more inside]
ShortStoryFilter: I'm writing a short story that involves travel between parallel universes, or dimensions, or whatever. You know, kind of like that TV show, Sliders. Unfortunately, my knowledge of science (and physics, in particular) is somewhat lacking. I'd like the superficial pseudo-science I employ to make this happen be at least mildly right minded. Help? [more inside]
I will be applying to graduate school soon and I cannot visit all of the campuses that I am applying to. I have been contacting these schools so that they can put me in touch with current graduate students who I can ask about their campuses, and I wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything important in my list of questions below. [more inside]
Have you got any logistical or planning suggestions for leading an 8th grade earth science class through a pretend town meeting on an environmental topic? [more inside]
There is a current FPP from a Mythbusters episode that demonstrates this effect. There is something about the explanation for it that bothers me. [more inside]
What are some good books on the social dynamics of science? [more inside]
After nearly 15 years in other fields, is it too late to think of a career in science? [more inside]
In a box of cereal containing two objects of differing density, how does one ensure a roughly even ratio throughout the box's use? That is to say, how do you keep the bottom of the box from being all grain and no marshmallow? [more inside]
Are there any scripting / cli-compatible languages which decently provide or at least pretend to provide bit-math? [more inside]
To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
I'm looking for a 1950-ish science fiction movie. In the scene I most clearly remember, a man and a woman are on the bridge of an alien spaceship. She is a Russian mathematician and he is a pilot. The ship is being remotely controlled and is automatically flying through the solar system. It becomes clear that it is on a collision course with Saturn. [more inside]
[MajorFilter] Computer Engineering or Computer Science Major? Help me decide please! (3rd sem already) and don't know what to be!
Hey guys, Computer Engineering 2nd year (3rd sem) here at the University of Maryland College Park wondering if i should stay in my major or switch to Computer Science. I am super confused right now and am hoping that some of you can help me think. Bear with me while i ramble on [more inside]
Good blogs about the LHC that a layman could follow?
Looking for old animated film of aliens. I saw this on t.v. in the late 70's or maybe the 80's. Aliens that kind of looked like people were in animation and sometimes they would sit like they were meditating and then a big bubble would float above them, and you could not figure out if their soul was in the bubble, or if they were somehow procreating with others by doing this. I remember that the children were not suppose to bother someone who was doing this. It was a very interesting animation. I thought that the word "planet" was in the title but I'm not sure. Any ideas??
I'm interested in law with a special interest in science related issues. What do lawyers in this field actually do? [more inside]
How are the attributes of atomic and subatomic particles measured? [more inside]
Help me explain why the Large Hadron Collider doesn't spell our doom. [more inside]
Two related questions about the LHC and science I don't really understand... [more inside]
Where are all the novelty science education elevators? [more inside]
Can anyone help me track down this Cicero quote? I believe it is in a letter, to his son (?), saying something along the lines of: science is great and all, but why study the course of the stars when you don't know what's in your own soul first? [more inside]
Tools for a scientific publisher to provide usage statistics for its subscribers? Is this a good idea? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen around 1977. It was a coming of age story about a girl who was having problems so she went to this big tree and I think she pressed against it and then went into some fantasy world where she became some kind of indian girl or primative girl and she went on adventures. I always wanted to know the name....can anyone remember this book? What I remember most was that the tree was the secret gate to moving back and forth into these two worlds. And also that as the indian, she had to live a very rustic life. Thanks. Lynn
I'm due to present a scientific poster at a conference in about two weeks. I'm overextended and don't have the time to make it myself. Is there a company that will write text, make charts, do the graphic design, and help me with printing? [more inside]
I’m starting my sixth year of grad school in microbiology, and I’m miserable. [more inside]
Are there any websites I can post research ideas and receive feedback on them? (compsci) [more inside]
Recommend some works similar to The Long Tail, Predictably Irrational, and Freakonomics. [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to help myself get into grad school (PhD, political science/international relate) between now and January? [more inside]
Help me find a 35+ year-old text about the science and myriad other whys/wherefores/and hows behind all kinds of cooking endeavors. [more inside]
Help me brainstorm anecdotes from the history of science that kids will enjoy. [more inside]
Help me find beautiful posters with science, math or music as the subject. [more inside]
Looking for an engaging, well-written book that explains scientific thinking [more inside]
Should I try to transfer to another university? [more inside]
What useful technologies have been developed or are in development due to advances of knowledge in modern physics? [more inside]
Applied Math Filter: Help me use math! I'd like to learn more about mathematics and it's practical applications - particularly in Computer Science [more inside]
I would like to know about the future of solar energy. [more inside]
What natural proficiencies would I need / want to have in order to get a degree in computer science? I have some issues with math, and am not sure whether that's a dealbreaker. [more inside]
A question for chemists - I am doing a calculation about the energy requirements of taking CO2 at atmospheric pressure and temperature and compressing it to 2 MPa (2000 kPa, about 300 psi) and cooling it to -31ºC and am a bit uncertain about handling the phase change from gas to liquid. [more inside]