An Arabic-speaking student with weak English needs a crash course or quick reference for the basic maths required to do postgraduate biology bench research. Any suggestions for resources I can point them to? [more inside]
I'm 35 and I have a master's degree in biology, specialized in evolutionary bio and mycology. I have a couple of publications and many years of experience doing pcr-related things. Currently I work at two different places designing, testing, and implementing qPCR assays for pathogen detection. It's fun, but it doesn't pay very well. I'm starting to think maybe I should go back and get a doctorate. But, I'm not sure - and I'm not sure what field to get it in, if I do. [more inside]
Need help coming up with a new for a blog! The focus will be on sustainability/green living, personal finance, paying off debt, and science related topics. [more inside]
I've had this plant for many years already and cannot remember if i bought it or if it was a gift. I'm trying to find out it's name so i can research the best way to care for it and propagate it. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a book that was a gift from my aunt, a nurse, around 1980-ish. Target audience, probably 8-10 year olds. It was about how the body works, but it was a sort of eclectic bunch of anecdotes, stories, and facts, each one a page or maybe two-page spread. [more inside]
What are the weird, pebbled round things washing up in their hundreds on Devon and Cornwall beaches, as reported here? (Daily Mail link, sorry.)
Some insects live short lives and don't eat or even have mouths. How do they breed? Wouldn't you run out of insects eventually if there's no input into the system of insect breeding as a whole? If I built and set free autonomous robots programmed to "breed" by assembling new robots out of each other, and they built other robots without picking up any spare parts or materials, wouldn't I eventually run out of functioning robots? What am I missing that this is so confusing? There has to be a logical answer to this.
When I feel depression creeping on, there's almost always this voice in my head that tries to convince me not to do the things that I know will make me feel good (like go out with friends or exercise). Except that the voice doesn't feel at all external - it feels like me all the way down. Except that it wants me to feel worse, even when I know there are things that will make me feel better. Why is this? Is there a name for this experience? [more inside]
Why did the toddler phase of human life evolve as it did? [more inside]
I would like to know if this statement is scientifically correct, or if it's hyperbole, or if it's basically correct but requires qualification: "Most of the atoms that formed your infant body at birth are now dispersed, as your present atoms will be again, if you have the good fortune to live a few more years on this oxygen-rich planetary home." [more inside]
How can I find a job that has a regular schedule and is limited to 40 hours per week max? [more inside]
A while ago, I saw a video where a woman speaker discussed some of the puzzles in biology about why sexual reproduction evolved and continues to happen. It covers "the cost of males" and other major drawbacks, then discusses how only models that incorporate a finite population show sex evolving and persisting. [more inside]
I'm going into the oyster business! Help me learn more. [more inside]
What would happen to earth if we suddenly had 10% less water? The mass of the planet would change, so would our orbit? Would weather and seasons change? Would it affect tides and the moon? At what point would we begin to suffer? Is it 10% or 20% or 50%? [more inside]
Our DIYbio group in Toronto recently finished all the chapters with review questions from Molecular Biology of the Cell. We're looking for a new biology book (or books) to tackle. Any suggestions?
I recall reading an article about a researcher of big horn sheep who was shocked by homosexual behavior. Can you link me to this article? [more inside]
I am a TA in an introductory college biology lab. Soon, I have to teach a class of mostly freshmen about t-tests and p-values in conjunction with a field experiment that they are conducting and on which they will have to write a report. I want to make sure I do this right—help me! [more inside]
So I was recently faced with a serious health care decision, and the people advising me strongly disagreed with each other, which made me realize something: I don't know enough science to make well-reasoned decisions for myself and my family. Help me figure out a DIY way to make up the gaps. [more inside]
Can you help me brainstorm part-time and/or temp type jobs relevant to the general population and also for me (background in biology) in 2015? [more inside]
Science Hivemind: Datasets Needed! I just learned about some INCREDIBLE tools for doing data analysis with students. Now I need raw data for my students to work with. [more inside]
I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
I have been trying to learn biology from the ground up; using online courses that MIT has. The thing is, I'm just not getting into them. I realized the other day that I've become accustomed to a certain pacing of modern videos. Any suggestions for more engaging content? [more inside]
Tomasetti and Vogelstein recently published an analysis that suggests the variation in the number of stem cell divisions leads to cancer incidence rates that are higher for tissues with relatively greater numbers of divisions. They recently posted a follow-up which attempts to address some of the counterarguments to their results. Acting on the premise that their work is correct or at least "in the right direction", are there labs or drug companies working on gene therapies that attempt to improve DNA polymerase fidelity (even in model organisms), as a means to one day perhaps reduce cancer incidence in higher-risk tissues? While it is easy through mutagenesis to worsen fidelity rates and increase cancer rates (as has been demo'ed in mice, say) can this aspect be engineered to be improved — that is, what biochemical aspects of (human) DNA polymerase have evolved to control its fidelity rate such that it might be possible to improve upon it?
Imagine a large bird like an ostrich. Could its breath fog up a window? We are watching Jurassic Park and wondering if the raptors' breath could fog up the window in the kitchen door.
My +1 is outfitting the molecular biology and biochemistry side of a physics lab. He would like to get books (electronic and/or paper) to fulfill two needs: 1. protocols and reference - for in lab use 2. history or textbook of molecular biology - to help familiarize physics people with the field. Looking for suggestions for solid books that are readable and have good figures. [more inside]
Please don't tell me I made this up; it's one of my favorite factoids. I remember hearing a radio piece, back in maybe 2011, about the effect that stress has on the tips of neurons. [more inside]
I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
Calling all marine biologists! Question about whales and their health inside. [more inside]
I need 8 or more hours of sleep a night, and some people need 6 or less, and I'm having a hard time dealing with the fundamental unfairness of this, and the fact that it seems like they have a huge advantage in life. I need insight from other people: emotional, practical, or scientific. [more inside]
What is this part of a lobster claw called (the white fan-like projection that is normally inside the musculature)?
I weigh myself every weekday at work on the same scale (an electronic medical-grade scale they use for patients at the hospital where I work) and at the same time of day. I have noticed that when I go off my diet for a few days and my weight creeps up, that that excess weight falls off again when I return to my diet much more quickly than the weight I've been carrying for awhile. Why? [more inside]
Can you identify what animal this (1, 2, 3) bone is from? It was found washed up on a beach in Rhode Island. [more inside]
I am looking for research/articles/papers on people's instinct to sacrifice for the "greater good". I have read an article mentioning John Bowlby and a term called "collective protective instinct", but outside of said article I haven't found any mention of this term. [more inside]
I'm beginning a project that looks partly at biological classification, primarily in western science. I have no background in this, and so I'm digging around. I'm interested to know more about the current rules for nomenclature, and also to know more about historical, philosophical, sociological, knowledge practice, ethnographic, anthropological, science technology and society (STS), sociotechnical, etc., approaches to the study of biological classification. I'll take monographs, articles, papers, web sites, etc. I have access to a university library. What are some good sources that can introduce me to this? Many thanks!
Open to any and all recommendations on the most efficient way to study for the GRE (focusing on writing and grammar). My GPA in college was meh (3.0). So I really need to have a nice shiny test score to go along with my floating-by transcript in order to get into top choice schools. Any advice on courses, sites, studying regimens etc. to go into this thing as ready as possible? [more inside]
I remember an old roommate told me that she had a job in a medical lab with a bachelor's in art history (not related to lab work). I have an Associates in Arts degree and am working on my bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I will start volunteering at the medical lab in the hospital on Thursday. Are there any jobs in the lab for people like me? Maybe after I've volunteered for a few months? Thanks.
Ideas for growing a plant, at home, in an artficially created atmosphere that has a lot more CO2 than normal - for a science project ? [more inside]
It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly? [more inside]
I'm a sophomore biology major but I want to get internships in consulting firms or pharmaceutical companies, both of which are coming to my school tomorrow for career fairs. Unfortunately, I'm a biology major which isn't necessarily the most marketable major in the world. My experience is mainly through clinical research and I held three jobs last summer but none of them are related to the internships I'm looking for. [more inside]
Biologists and Staticians... what's going on here? There hasn't been a female born in my husband's family in two generations. Help solve the brothers' debate about what's causing this, and what the odds of our pregnancy being male or female is. [more inside]
To ask the question another way, why are modern land vertebrates so small? If it's to do with environmental factors, which ones? [more inside]
What happens to the drinking water I swallow? All I know is that it goes down my throat to my stomach, and then my body does its thing. Can you go into greater detail for me? For example: What positive effects does the water I drink have on my mouth, my throat, my stomach and other parts of my body? How does the stomach process the water? Where does the water go after my stomach? How does what's in the water get from my stomach to the necessary parts of my body? What's in water that my body needs? What parts of my body benefit the most from the water I drink? Feel free to answer other relevant questions that I've overlooked.
My mom is 65. She's been teaching math & science at a high school for years. She's getting ready to retire, and would like to work (not just volunteer) part-time for a few years. Tutoring is an obvious choice. But she'd rather explore something else. What other part-time gigs might be a good fit? Of note: she is a total badass. Super sharp. Athletic. Loves to travel. Has been known to take off on long bike adventures/kayak trips/etc. Seeking something delightful to feed her mind/body. [more inside]
Please recommend some up-to-date textbooks in genetics and immunology. [more inside]
I am interested in what hormonal differences exist between men and women and what effect this has on behavior. I don't have the biology background to be able to handle a textbook. This is a contentious area, so I'm only interested in claims or resources that are well referenced - not unsupported pop-sci or ideological claims. My level of detail would be an extended blog post or article, rather than a book
I'm looking for a low-cost app or site where you can explore the muscular structure, how they attach to the skeleton, isolate a muscle by turning on/off other muscles, etc. My chief aim is for fitness purposes so I can understand my own body better before my chiropractic visits. Book or other learnig tool recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
Iam thinking of gift idea for the scientifically minded specifically Biology, even better Microbiology. It's for a SO who just enrolled in Phd program in a reputable university. She already has the microbe/parasite pillows. Any suggestions?!