Miko says: I've seen a lot of similar "SCIENCE!" tricks done at the bar. In fact, I've known some bartenders who collected them and mastered them in order to perform for customers and thereby increase their tips and build their crowd. One of the most wonderful nights I ever had working was when a group of Navy engineers... [more inside]
How can I empirically test the relative warmth of a blanket? [more inside]
I’m trying to remember the name of a set of themed encyclopedias for children from my childhood. [more inside]
Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
Why is a 2cm gap between window panes optimal? [more inside]
Looking for crisp, royalty free medical illustrations with one-click purchasing. [more inside]
What are the essential amino acids necessary to human growth and development? [more inside]
Soviet science: Besides the obvious topic of space exploration, name some examples of post World War II Soviet science that were so good, they entered global, widespread use without much modification and are perhaps still in use today. [more inside]
There are many examples of failed or replaced scientific theories throughout history, like heliocentrism or the four-element theory of matter. Can you think of any examples from the last 50-75 years of a theory once held in high regard that is now thoroughly discredited? [more inside]
What small, easy-to-carry-around books provide a satisfying introduction to mathematic and scientific fields, topics and/or concepts? [more inside]
Are there any academics who specialize in criticizing/studying academia? What are their names? [more inside]
Your recommendations: Historical novels about scientists [more inside]
Does light (like heat) seep and weaken? [more inside]
What sorts of science-y work are available for a non-professional? [more inside]
Do you know any good undergrad schools for Political Science and Engineering double majors? [more inside]
As a PhD student in the wet biological sciences who will (hopefully) graduate in 2-3 years, what skillsets/experiences should I work on to maximize my employability? [more inside]
Does anyone know of examples of science fiction about farming? I am especially interested in illustrated stories, movies, comic books, or anything with pictures. [more inside]
Reading this article (and a USA Today story linked in it) this morning, and I'm curious about an astronomical event mentioned in it. [more inside]
Recommend non-fiction books about animals -- books that will blow my mind. [more inside]
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]