Throwing away all the political and financial pressure that dilutes and warps science, if one wants to engage in scientific inquiry and be productive and contribute in some small way to humanity's scientific understanding of the cosmos, how does one go about things? Can we boil things down to simple generalized steps -- brief enough to put on a wall plaque -- starting with the evaluation of an experimental idea (is it a "good" experiment?) all the way through to publishing one's reproducible results? [more inside]
We can't figure out a good title for my daughter's Science Fair Project. The school wants the 4th grade children to basically do the whole project at home with guidance from the parents. My daughter's experiment is on why apples turn brown and she is learning about why the lemon juice worked (learning about acids and bases, etc.) The poster board we will use will have a title on it. The teacher wants us to think of a good title, and it does not necessarily have to be the question, "Why do apples turn brown". It can be a clever, or interesting title that goes with the experiment. At first we thought about, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But then we thought it was too long, and it also might be presumed that her project is about apples and how they are healthy. [more inside]
My daughter is in first grade, and her class is studying solids, liquids, and gases. I want to come in and do some related fun science demo to engage and amuse them. Bonus points if I can somehow tie it into a short children's book, so I can read the book first and then conduct a themed experiment based on the story. They have likely seen some of the basic common science demonstrations, but I am open to anything if it works with a story. It also needs to be educational, safe and relatively inexpensive (Under $50 or so, so dry ice is fine, gallium spoons not so much). I work at a research university, but on the social science side, but can probably hit up medical researchers for equipment, if it would help. Any ideas are appreciated, especially with suggestions for books as well!
How do I use SPSS to analyze a range of approval ratings which vary by participant and correlate the skew to one demographic variable? [more inside]
I remember a site where you load it up and it says something simple, like "I like tea". And then you click tea and it expands so it says "I like really good tea." And then you can click other words, over and over, until there's finally a whole paragraph. Love the site. Can't remember where it is. Can anyone remember?
I have a project where I need to see inside a sealed cup to see water flow pattern. The water is hot. I was thinking of a fiber optic camera, but need some help. The idea would be to make this repeatable. So the top and bottom are punctured to push water through at brew time. Any thoughts on device? Setup?
I seem to recollect an eye tracking experiment comparing the female body parts prioritised by men and the male body parts prioritised by women when looking at a stranger. Where is this recollection coming from? What is this study? [more inside]
Do you have any ideas or resources on creating exciting and interesting science demonstrations for kids 5-12 years old? [more inside]
Tomorrow is our day as Mystery Scientist in my son's kindergarten class. My husband is going, he planned the experiment, bought the stuff and just informed me that it doesn't work.....Arrrrgh!!! [more inside]
I'm interested in checking out the Pitch Drop Experiment. I've tried on a couple of computers and browsers and I can't see the web cam - which is supposed to be viewable on this page. Is it just me or my computer or is it disabled? Hurry, it could happen any moment now! [more inside]
What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of? [more inside]
I was recently in an Emotional Intelligence course where the facilitator discussed the "Three Chair Experiment," where three people sat beside each other without saying a word for 10 minutes. The result was the experiment was that all three people would eventually take on the emotions of the "emotionally strongest" individual - ie if someone was really happy, the other two would end up being happy too, even without talking. Or if someone was really angry, the other two would end up also being angry after the 10 minutes. I thought it was really interesting so I googled it, but couldn't find any more information. Has anyone else heard about this experiment? Are there any sites or papers out there that provide more information about this?
I cooked some near-rotten potatoes and they offered a flavour far surpassing other potatoes. I long to taste it again. [more inside]
I'm trying to find information about taxes and volunteer paid experimental (non-clinical) studies. I work in a lab, and one of our participants told us a week ago that if a study pays (the volunteer) over a certain amount, it gets taxed. Can anyone tell me if this is true and give me an official link? We're in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I can provide any other relevant information you need. Thanks!
What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
[StatisticsFilter] I’m trying to understand the extent that the statics of a particular experiment can be evaluated and trying to relate that to a 95% confidence interval. The experiment is considered “a standard”, but I want to keep the discussion as “high level” as I can so that we focus on only the relevant details. Any help or pointers in the right direction are greatly appreciated. [more inside]
Remember the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I'm looking for similar examples of internet memes that members of the public could, in theory, learn to replicate at home. Stuff like cup stacking; make-up tutorials; Double Dream Hands; or opening a beer with your arm. It mustn't be anything that requires special powers (eg double-jointedness) or special props - just household objects. Suggestions?
Images that people can instantly categorize as "good" or "bad"? [more inside]
How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
My dog Duffy is very smart and even though he's pretty old he learns new things fast, so I am doing an experiment with him and I am finding his failure to pick up the trigger puzzling. He discerns the most subtle cues from others when he's trying to decide what to do next, so I wonder how this isn't working. [more inside]
Does anyone know any appropriate mailing lists or online forums where I can find participants for an online music rating study? [more inside]
I'm going to be running a study, and I need help coming up with a stimulus for it. More on the criteria inside. [more inside]
What can I do to get through having to sit 12 hours for ten days doing nothing? Nothing! [more inside]
Ideas for Amazing in-class Physics presentation? [more inside]
What would you hear if you played the negative image of an LP? [more inside]
I want to upgrade the chairs in my lab-- the ones that our human (well, undergrad) subjects sit in to do experiments. Priorities: stability, comfort, adjustability (with a caveat). [more inside]
Several years ago a psychology experiment found that in emergency situations, the body seems to engage in fight/flight before the cortex determines that, say, a lion is running at us. Can anyone help me find that study? And, for extra points, any subsequent studies showing action coming before thought in other sorts of scenarios?
When I was in college, probably in 1995 or 96, I was shown two short videos as part of an experiment that a graduate student in linguistics was conducting and then asked to describe the events in each. I was later told that the first video was from a well-known psychology experiment and was shown to subjects as a control. The experiment was about my reaction to the second video. Ever since then I've been wondering about that first video. [more inside]
I need recommendations for a mid-length piece of instrumental music which varies a lot in expressive emotional content to be used in a neural imaging experiment. Please provide links to listenable extracts (i.e. amazon mp3 clips or you tube). [more inside]
Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)? [more inside]
Josh Harris strongly believes that the Technological Singularity will be reached and the human being will cease to be an individual, while the machine becomes the new king of the jungle.
Is Josh Harris a media stunt? [more inside]
How much more can we reasonably hope to learn from practical physics? [more inside]
Article or book that discusses common characteristics of scientific fraud or misconduct? [more inside]
Where can I find a copy of a classroom discussion activity where you are forced to save 6-8 people in an apocalypse to start a new society?
I remember doing a discussion activity/thought experiment in high school where we had to choose 6-8 people from a list (e.g. pregnant teen, scientist, priest, stay-at-home mom, doctor) to save in a nuclear apocalypse and justify our decision. There was a paper handout associated with the activity, and I'm pretty sure my teacher didn't write it himself, because I've talked to friends who've done the same thing in a different context (church groups, retreats, etc. ). I'm looking for a link to a copy of this activity, or a place where I'd be able to find it.
Looking for ideas to help kids (2nd graders) learn the scientific method in a hands on way. [more inside]
Computer Coding: I'm trying to write an experiment in E-Prime that uses a Visual Analog Scale to allow subjects to bid on items. Basically, this means they move a slider with their mouse over a bar, and the position on the bar represents how much they are willing to bid. The thing is, they need to know what value the slider currently represents before they can actually bid, and I'm having problems getting the text to update with the cursor position. Now, if any of you out there are E-Prime gurus I could really use your help for this bit. I need to figure out how to update a textbox in a 'slide' object in the middle of a loop. [more inside]
What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
Okay, here is my dilemma. I'm trying to get an experiment running in which I present a series of BMPs to my participants. After months of pain and suffering, I have finally tweaked a set of stimuli which work for me, so I'm swimming in around 3500 BMPs. But, since I can only torture my participants for an hour, I can only ask them to go through about 1200 of these BMPs, so I need some way to quickly and easily generate a selection of random BMPs from my bigger collection. [more inside]
According to Wikipedia, the bond angle for water is precisely 104.45 degrees. How do they get that number? And how would one experimentally verify it? [more inside]
ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
I'm looking for science experiments about natural disasters... [more inside]
Point me to the great forbidden experiments of our (or any) time! [more inside]
I would like to find out how much gas I can produce by electrolysis using homemade stuff. Is there any cost efficient/accurate way to measure the quantity of gas produced? [more inside]
Help me find a video/article about a race experiment. [more inside]
How to be homeless? Yes, step one, lack a home. Then what? [more inside]
Are there any easily demonstrable physical effects to being on the equator? [more inside]
I'm a social psychologist looking for some advice about where to find a programmer to write what would basically be a very simple flash-type game. The game itself would require some simple user-interactiveness (e.g. selecting options), a fairly low level of graphics (maybe not stick figures, but nothing too artsy), and the ability to collect and store user data. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere? [more inside]
What would the effects on my poop be, and what health risks would I incur, if I were to eat nothing but corn for a week? [more inside]
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