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Please help me identify some ancient lab equipment from these photos.

Can somebody help me identify this ancient lab equipment? I'm doing some research and have posted two photos to my flickr account, here and here. (PS, I know what the typewriter is!) Thanks!
posted by soulbarn on Feb 9, 2009 - 13 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Methanol will make you blind. The antidote is ethanol. Drink hard liquor if you can't get to a hospital.

Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 26, 2009 - 13 answers

Classic works in social and environmental sciences?

I'm looking for recommendations on some must-read/classic literature from the social and environmental fields of science. [more inside]
posted by jofuu on Jan 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Credible scientific studies?

What scientific studies should you believe? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on Jan 17, 2009 - 30 answers

How can I extract scents from things?

How do I extract scents? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Jan 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Story Filter for a friend

I've been waxing poetic about AskMeFi for a while, and a coworker asked for help identifying a story about an experiment with dancing children. Save my co-worker, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Jan 15, 2009 - 7 answers

0.1 gram scale

recommendations for a 0.1 gram accuracy scale that does not reset if you tare it to 0 and then remove the weight and has a capacity of more than 1kg? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Dec 31, 2008 - 10 answers

StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology.

StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Dec 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Small Ice vs. Big Ice

Craft bartenders say that big ice melts more slowly than small ice. How is this possible? Treating the cocktail as a closed system, if you include an equal mass of ice, and the starting and ending temperatures are the same, wouldn't the same amount of heat be transferred into the ice, resulting in an equal quantity of melt? [more inside]
posted by fedward on Dec 31, 2008 - 45 answers

Shared human/lettuce DNA

"The DNA of humans and chimps is 98.4% identical." I've read that several places. I've also read "The DNA of all living things is 90% identical" and "The DNA of humans and lettuce is 16% identical." How could I find out which of those last two statements is correct? Or is the problem that I don't understand which part of the DNA is being referred to? (Frankly, I'm not that clear on DNA in the first place - I'd just like the right number.)
posted by kestralwing on Dec 31, 2008 - 14 answers

descent of gould

Science reading for the informed layperson. [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Dec 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me identify this mid 90's Japanese science/educational TV show.

Help me identify this mid 90's Japanese science/educational TV show and prove that it exists. Every week it explored how something worked by approaching it from a different angle or doing an unusual experiment. One show they made gasoline from orange peels and drove a car around with it. On another they tried making coffee from other foods by roasting, grinding and filtering water through peanuts, soy beans, and beef. I remember the title as "MegaTen" but the Googles, they do nothing. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Questions about Grad App Questions

A few questions that I'm running into while submitting my graduate school applications about fellowships, diversity statements, other schools I am applying to, and accepting admission without funding. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Dec 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Peer review for semen samples?

A dispute between friends: is there any, say, peer-reviewed information out there about how a vegetarian diet impacts the taste of semen versus a meat-heavy diet? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Dec 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Couch Surfing Professor

There is the story of the perennial house guest who is either a distinguished mathematician or a physicist. The story goes that if this gentleman comes to stay with a young scientist it means that their future in the field is in for a sudden uptick. His tenure in their home tends to result in a few collaborative papers which in turn leads to notice in the scientific community and a rapid rise in status. Please help me find this professor's name?
posted by cm on Dec 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Find it: Website with a unique explanation of lens focal lengths.

Find-that-website filter: Website with a unique explanation of lens focal length with respect to photography and zoom lenses. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Dec 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Coming from an art-school background, I have *none* of the requirements for a CS grad school. Am I hopeless?

How do I start a MS in Computer Science with no applicable background? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Ladybugs

How do ladybugs get inside without being smushed?
posted by docloch on Dec 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Eco-Friendly sites for Kids?

I am trying to put together a list of environmental eco-friendly sites targeted from young children (kindergarten) to grades 3-4, and 4-6. Looking for anything interesting that has stats, games and so forth. Appreciate your time and input. I need a lot (30 plus...even if you give me one, that is a help)
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Flavor Tripping Party

My friend is having a flavor tripping party (with the miracle-fruit berry), and has asked everyone to bring something to try. I am shot for ideas. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Something creative, or clever, or anything, really. Just not lemons. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica on Dec 16, 2008 - 49 answers

Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break?

Suggestions (books, projects, things to learn, things to do) for a 2nd year Computer Science Student over Winter Break? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Dec 12, 2008 - 15 answers

It's still 72. Why am I cold?

Why does my apartment feel colder in the winter than in the summer, when the thermostat reads the same? [more inside]
posted by chundo on Dec 11, 2008 - 21 answers

Identify this B-Grade Sci-fi Television Show!

Help me with the name of this obscure military science fiction television show. I'm presuming it was the early nineties when it was on. It focused on a small unit of soldiers which had a mix of clones and humans. I believe they were fighting evil robots that looked like humans and were obsessed with the notion of chance or fate. The only other thing I remember is that the clones were called nipple necks since that's where the tank's umbilical cord was attached.
posted by TorontoSandy on Dec 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Plant ideas for an elementary school science project

Need ideas for a good type of plant to use for a science project for my 9-year-old daughter. [more inside]
posted by marble on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

I want to study political science in an english speaking country. Help?

I don´t have a brilliant academic career or anything. I live in Brazil, I just turned 24, and just recently majored in communication/journalism. For the past few years my main interest has been political philosophy and political science. I would like to study abroad, preferably in the United States or United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by sumo on Nov 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Wanted: academic conference about inflammation in Europe

As a senior-level science PhD student, how do I find an academic conference to go to? And how do I know if a conference is going to be suitable, both it for me and vice versa? [more inside]
posted by shelleycat on Nov 26, 2008 - 9 answers

How to break into science writing for magazines?

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]
posted by Wolfster on Nov 26, 2008 - 3 answers

What do I need to reverse-engineer hardware and where can I buy it?

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]
posted by PuGZ on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers

[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]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Nov 20, 2008 - 16 answers

How to meet other math and science geeks when you're not in school?

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]
posted by tehgeekmeister on Nov 18, 2008 - 17 answers

help my kid drop acid (on plants)

ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Good microscope for kids?

What's a decent microscope for a seven-year old boy? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Trying to remember a children's science fiction book series from my childhood

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?
posted by Schmucko on Nov 14, 2008 - 1 answer

What is the Large Hadron Collider really good for?

Will there be any real world, practical applications from what will be learned with the Large Hadron Collider? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Suggest me some unpretentious literary magazines.

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]
posted by scarello on Nov 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Do any nation societies for Art & Technology exist in the US?

Are there any large (national) Art & Technology societies in the US? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Oct 31, 2008 - 3 answers

Less Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, More Economist

How do I get published in policy and trade magazines? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Tao, thinking, and problem solving

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.
posted by crapmatic on Oct 27, 2008 - 15 answers

Computer Science and Foreign Languages, what is the best mix?

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]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Oct 24, 2008 - 24 answers

Kids' science book with aluminum cover

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]
posted by markcholden on Oct 21, 2008 - 10 answers

How to convincingly jump between dimensions?

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]
posted by kbanas on Oct 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Questions for Grad Programs I'm Interested In

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]
posted by davidstandaford on Oct 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Planning suggestions for taking an 8th grade science class through a pretend town meeting?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2008 - 6 answers

What REALLY makes your voice higher when breathing helium?

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]
posted by Enron Hubbard on Oct 16, 2008 - 11 answers

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science?

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Is it too late for SCIENCE?!?

After nearly 15 years in other fields, is it too late to think of a career in science? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Oct 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Optimal Junk Cereal: Can it be done?

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]
posted by majick on Oct 2, 2008 - 17 answers

0xUNDERSTAND

Are there any scripting / cli-compatible languages which decently provide or at least pretend to provide bit-math? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Sep 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Nukes… in… space…

To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
posted by Artw on Sep 26, 2008 - 17 answers

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