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Please help me find the title to this sci-fi book

Please help me find a specific sci-fi book [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Feb 5, 2008 - 6 answers

 

Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't?

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Feb 3, 2008 - 13 answers

An Apple a Day Keeps my Research Advisor Away

New Macintosh user needs help getting his Pro set up for academic research. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

I can haz eazy cardiology literature search?

Looking for a quick and easy online way to search the medical/scientific literature for new publications on a particular group of topics. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jan 29, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I write better short stories (science fiction)

How can I write better short stories (science fiction) [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 25, 2008 - 20 answers

Density? I'm dense.

Is there a chemical explanation for the density of an element or is it simply an innate physical characteristic? [more inside]
posted by beta male on Jan 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Fantastic fake science books and where to find them

I'm looking for recommendations for fake science books, or humoristic books in the style of a science book. Examples: the Haggis-on-Whey books, or J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Jan 21, 2008 - 35 answers

How to organize scientific article pdfs?

Scientists: What's the best and simplest way to organize, annotate, and take notes from scientific journal articles on a PC? I'm starting a new project and ready for a new system that doesn't require four programs or being unable to find something when I can't remember the title or author. How do you organize your references, pdfs, and notes? [more inside]
posted by JustWandering on Jan 18, 2008 - 18 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How to teach myself computer science?

I want to teach myself computer science. I know that teaching myself is far from a university education on the subject, but I'd like to try. How can I teach myself? What are books/lectures/tools/websites/anything that I could use to do this? Covering everything from the programming languages themselves, to algorithms, software development, and the mathematics background necessary for this. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Where to find viscoelastic rubber...?

Can anyone tell me where to research/find bulk viscoelastic rubber, or molded rubber that has viscoelastic properties? I'm looking for a material that when stretched, takes its sweet time in returning to its original size/shape. Turns out there are no rubber stores in my area to browse, thus no experts to turn to. Most info I've found online is scientific discussions about rubber properties.
posted by pallen123 on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Where to buy models of molecules?

What is a bricks-and-mortar store at which I could buy a set of model elements / bonds - the molecule model things that students use as they are learning organic chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for books, articles, podcasts and documentaries to prevent brain stagnation

In the spirit of this post, what have you read or seen lately (or not so lately) that has changed your mind? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Why do sugars like to cyclize in solution, thermodynamically speaking?

What is the correct thermodynamic explanation for the fact that all monosaccharides with 5 or more backbone carbon atoms occur predominately in their cyclic form in solution?
posted by perissodactyl on Dec 12, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I convince an advisor to take me on?

How do I convince a research advisor to take me on as a grad student? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Stories about sending signals to the past

Is there any time travel fiction based on the idea of only sending signals/information into the past? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Dec 9, 2007 - 41 answers

Re-colorable clothes

ChemistryFilter: What chemicals are out there that can stain a t-shirt, but then be quickly dissolved with a chemical? Bonus points: Chemicals are safe enough for compost heap, and won't dissolve in a washing machine. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 3, 2007 - 8 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Satellite for Nerds?

Can there seriously not be a single science (or even technology) channel on either one of the two satellite radio systems? [more inside]
posted by DU on Nov 29, 2007 - 18 answers

Paradoxical sheet magnets

SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Earth Science for kids?

Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB on Nov 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Why isn't publicly-funded scientific research freely available?

How does preventing public access to federally-funded scientific research serve the public interest? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Nov 15, 2007 - 39 answers

Why does boiling cause some foods to float?

Why does boiling cause some foods to float? [more inside]
posted by be11e on Nov 10, 2007 - 13 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

Great video podcasts please!

Direct me towards great video podcasts please. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Oct 31, 2007 - 12 answers

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere?

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Oct 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Why did Hello Kitty become blue?

When I was a kid, I took a trip once. The whole time, a plush Hello Kitty doll was in the back of the car, bombarded by the sun. It changed color from pink to dark blue. Any explanation for this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Why were there more black experts in 1980's "Free to Choose" than there typically are in today's TV?

When watching Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose" (PBS, 1980), I was (pleasantly) surprised at the high number of black experts (and women) who were guests in the show. Not the usually array of exclusively old, white guys one would have expected. [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Oct 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Library GroupMetaMindThing

I have a Masters in Library Science. I received it a year and a bit back. In that time, I have been applying for a job in the public library sector as a reference librarian. I am not getting anywhere though I am following professional protocol in regards to a sound cover letter and solid resume. I got a 3.6 GPA in the program which is decent but not perfect. Decent, though. I have recently been broadening my search to places outside of my home state of Indiana (and Indianapolis). If you have any recommendations for the best job site areas to review on a regular basis, I am interested. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 24, 2007 - 19 answers

Looking for scientific process in science-fiction

Looking for science-fiction that attempts to accurately depict the process of science. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes on Oct 23, 2007 - 36 answers

Me need mor math and chemistry

Does anyone know of any one-year science-ish programs for those who have a bachelors, but who want to bulk up on science and/or math. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Oct 21, 2007 - 6 answers

I am looking for gardening experiments

I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me find my childhood science book

Anyone remember a great kids science book from the late 70's to the mid 80's? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Oct 19, 2007 - 5 answers

I am looking forward to you reading my mind - identify this article?

Help me properly remember this study or who wrote about it. It was about some animal that, in experiments, preferred the anticipation centers of their brain -- seeking circuits? -- stimulated over the pleasure centers. I read it in some poppish science book in the last few years and now I'm trying to more accurately recall it so I can use it in a talk, if I'm rembering it correctly. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Oct 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Sciencey/techy things to do in London?

Does anyone have any ideas for touristy things to do in London on Saturday with a science / tech slant? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Oct 12, 2007 - 15 answers

I seek the King of Nutrition Drinks

LiquidNutritionfilter: I know a little about sports nutrition, and a little about parenteral nutrition. Is there a nutritionally complete liquid that healthy people can drink such that the only other necessary is water? If not, what liquid comes closest to being The One Food? If it's not commercially available, what's the closest to it you can buy? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Oct 6, 2007 - 17 answers

How can I acquire newswriting skills?

How can I acquire newswriting skills? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Sep 25, 2007 - 13 answers

Mah Thung Hutth: Identifying Food Allergens

Calling all food chemists: what do walnuts, spinach, and scallops have in common, composition-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Please help me honor a scientist

Please help me honor a scientist I once knew. I'm looking to (A) set up a small scholarship in her name and (B) figure out what to do with something that she bequeathed to me. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Sep 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism on Sep 22, 2007 - 37 answers

Looking for webcams to use in ecology lessons.

I'm looking for existing webcams that document ecological phenomena. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu on Sep 19, 2007 - 7 answers

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it?

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Sep 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Academic rehab

I badly bungled my Political Science undergrad program, graduating with a GPA in the low 3's and a non-honours degree. I want to go to grad school in the same field. What are my options? (I'm in Canada). [more inside]
posted by pcameron on Sep 16, 2007 - 20 answers

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old?

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube on Sep 13, 2007 - 45 answers

Is there a science of strings?

How and why cables/strings/hoses/lines/cords etc. become entangled? Is there any scientific explanation of the process and more generally a science studying the physical/topological properties and behaviour of string materials? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Aug 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Science-Challenged

I dropped my science classes in grade 10, one of the major stupid decisions in my educational career. Now I want to catch up on my science knowledge. What's the least expensive way for me to catch up, either over the internet or through local classes? (I live in Toronto).
posted by pcameron on Aug 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Calling All Rocket Scientists

Is it the impact that causes the missile/torpedo/what-have-you to explode? Or some sort of 'on-board' electronic targeting system that tells it to detonate? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Aug 15, 2007 - 13 answers

Oh the places I might go

Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 10, 2007 - 5 answers

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