I need to get a general sense of the primary building materials used for housing in a few different countries around the world. I'm looking for suggestions on where to find this type of information. [more inside]
I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help? [more inside]
In the Star Trek TNG ep, The Nth degree
, the Cytherian has an interesting material as his 'third eye'. I've had two tiles of it as a kid. It doesn't appear to be a hologram, but looking at it at different angles one sees a lattice of circles/spheres. What is this material and where can I purchase it in larger areas?
Due to persistant recommendations on AskMe, I am finally reading (well, listening to) The Golden Compass. It's amazing. Now I want to read about
The Golden Compass. [more inside]
I need help with finding a few things:
Some wood that would work well as a book cover
A large sheet or roll of what I believe is called chipboard.
A continuous/piano hinge, 12 inches, that is not stainless steel or bright brass [more inside]
I'm looking for fabrics and sewing notions in Berlin. Large selection of fabrics, especially home decor would be great. Google is not helping me.
Need to buy some subway tile in NYC... quickly. [more inside]
I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse
that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
What readily available materials change state at a constant, predictable rate in an easily observable manner? [more inside]
How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
What are some sources for particularly educational/relevant flyers regarding income disparity, public policy, and other issues pertinent to the Occupy Wall Street movement?
What is the best flask stopper material for repeated autoclaving / use in sterile applications? Is rubber okay? Would silicone (or something else) be better? [more inside]
Free materials tracking/inventory software specifically for nonprofits rather than businesses: does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Installation/exterior decoration artists: What materials to use to draw/paint permanent text and illustrations on a brick wall? [more inside]
My wife is planning on learning to draw from the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.
I'd like to surprise her with a box with all the materials that are needed to complete the course but I can't get the book away from her for long enough without her being suspicious. I've tried google but no luck. Does any one have or can direct me to a list of the materials needed?
ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
Are any of these materials science analogies ambiguous? How can they be improved? [more inside]
I have a leak in my coffee pot's water tank, and upon examination, I cant see where the leak is coming from (meaning that the whole bottom generally gets too wet to detect the crack). I was thinking I would run a thin bead of some kind of material around the bottom of the tank to attempt to seal it back up. My question is: what kind of material would you recommend that would not pose any toxin problem in case the tank water comes into contact with it? It would also have to be generally heat tolerant as the coffee pot heats up under there.
(Plastic molding[?] filter) What exactly would you call the stuff in this picture
, if you were trying to buy some more online? [more inside]
Is it legal to levy class materials charges in scotland ? [more inside]
Set designers, cinematographers, hobbyists, LARP people, carpenters, welders, and geeks: I need tips and tricks for building a one-person "space shuttle" out of cheap materials. It's for an independent HD video sci-fi short, and I would like to build it myself. Budget is $600–$1500 for materials and in-store material cutting/processing. [more inside]
I am taking an intro to materials science class, and in which we have learned about Miller indices, which are a way of denoting directions and planes in a unit cell. So far we have done nothing with this other than draw directions and planes. I was wondering, is this just a notational convention or is there some reason why they are the way they are, as in does it make some more advanced math easier or something?
Temporary body jewelry for MRI not found because of advances in gardening equipment. Help. [more inside]
I'm looking for a forum that hosts discussion in the field of condensed matter physics and/or materials science. I'd like a site where scientists can go to ask and answer questions, similar to Ask.Metafilter, but a general forum would be good as well. Does anyone know of such a site?
I need to stop a projection from showing up on a wall -- is there a particularly light-absorbent material that I could use? [more inside]
Where can I buy large amounts of vintage/dead stock fabric in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Do Prismacolor pencils ever go bad? [more inside]
Where can I buy flat sheets of corrugated cardboard near Pasadena? [more inside]
"In order to feasibly produce, say, transparent adhesive tape, integrated circuits or sugar-free soft drinks, you need such-and-such materials and such-and-such equipment, which in turn depend on other things, all the way down to ores and fuel and such. So if you want to build your very own set of night vision goggles from scratch, here's everything you need access to in order to get started" Has anyone compiled, for the public to see, anything resembling a real-life 'tech-tree', akin to what's found in computer games such as Civilization? [more inside]
Can anyone offer me some suggestions for how to make a relatively inexpensive sound trap (i.e. like those echo reducers that large auditoriums have). Info about materials, shapes, etc. would be helpful. [more inside]
What's the proper name for that kind of image-switching material that switches between two pictures as you tilt it? I mostly associate it with novelty baseball cards, toys, children's books, and so forth. That plastic-y corrugated stuff? If I wanted to order a bunch of postcards printed with it, what am I looking for?
Anyone with personal experience printing coffee mugs? Ordered out for a few cases from a printer I would prefer not to libel, got a mushy print job in return. Can you recommend specific printers? (Especially if they can do even, opaque flat area coverage on dark mugs) [more inside]
what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
You can make an interesting "fabric" (tutorial here
) by ironing plastic bags together but I am pretty sure that doing this releases molecules of Something Bad into the air that I am then breathing. Am I right? Do I need a respirator?
Help me identify this building material... [more inside]
Building a ping pong table to ITTF rules? Wood/paint selection help needed. [more inside]
What is the ideal material for a home-made, doggy-safe plush toy? [more inside]
Is there such thing as scratch card paper/transfer? And if so where might I be able to get it? [more inside]
Does anyone know any good resources for graduate school preparation, particularly in the physical sciences? I'm a sophomore and I want to get ready to start applying, but I need some help... [more inside]
What are the main advantages and disadvantages of materials like glass, concrete, wood, and plastics, compared to steel ? [more inside]
Know a good source for weather-proof political campaign yard signs? I'm in California, the size is aprox. 24"x 18", with two colors, and the quantity is 2000-5000.
I want to stock my 4th/5th grade classroom with materials that students can study, manipulate and experiment with on their own. [more inside]
Chemical profiles of typical newsprint and novel uses for recycled newspaper. [more inside]
I'm going to make the deck on my next longboard
my self. What durable yet flexible material should I be using? [more inside]
Hints on how to discard enormous pieces of styrofoam? [more inside]
I bought what I thought was a pretty good garden hose and it's already kinking up like there's no tomorrow. What's the best material/best brand?