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!
What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for recommendations on some must-read/classic literature from the social and environmental fields of science. [more inside]
What scientific studies should you believe? [more inside]
How do I extract scents? [more inside]
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]
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]
StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology. [more inside]
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]
"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.)
Science reading for the informed layperson. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Find-that-website filter: Website with a unique explanation of lens focal length with respect to photography and zoom lenses. [more inside]
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]
How do ladybugs get inside without being smushed?
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)
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!
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]
Why does my apartment feel colder in the winter than in the summer, when the thermostat reads the same? [more inside]
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.
Need ideas for a good type of plant to use for a science project for my 9-year-old daughter. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?