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How do I, a non-scientist, recognize quackery in science and tech?

Lately I've been running across a lot of highly theoretical science and technology information that I don't understand. I would like to be able to recognize quackery and fringe science, as well as when technologists (especially programmers) are reinventing the wheel and claiming to revolutionize things, so I don't get steered in the wrong direction. I'm looking for heuristics. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Apr 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Lego Mindstorms or something better for my nieces/nephews?

I have six nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 to 9 spread over two households, and I am thinking of getting each household a set of Lego Mindstorms for Christmas. The cost of the sets means I would not get them any other presents, so the kids would need to share. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Which algorithms changed the world?

A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 23 answers

I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)

So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me! However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?). My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research? Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks. Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 answers

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Science: Sound, Percption, MP3, and Beyond

I'm in need of graduate level schooling on psychoacoustics and audio compression on the cheap. What are the latest and/or most used textbooks on these topics? [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Feb 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Getting off the ground with bioinformatics?

I'm a final year biochemistry undergrad, and through my internships / reading of papers / etc, I've become keenly aware that I'd like to be more conversant with computer science approaches to the field. The sheer volume of approaches and strategies in bioinformatics is a little overwhelming, though: where's a good place to start focusing my attention? I have strong maths skills, but my programming ability is limited to pecking out simple instruction sets in Python or Matlab, and my research work thus far has mostly been on isolating and characterising protein markers from serum / urine / etc.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Coding Practice

Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Computer podcasts with more science?

Are there any good podcasts on Computer Science research? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Non-academic jobs for a statistician/ecologist in Israel?

What are some non-academic jobs near Tel Aviv, Israel that would be a good fit for someone with training in statistics (MA) and ecology (PhD)? [more inside]
posted by JumpW on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

University of Phoenix - Scamminess = ???

Is there anything like University of Phoenix, except not a "scam" or a "diploma mill"? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jan 11, 2010 - 34 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Nov 21, 2009 - 13 answers

Python or Java ...

Help me choose between Python and Java for a specific type of programming. [more inside]
posted by eebs on Mar 20, 2009 - 27 answers

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]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Dec 12, 2008 - 15 answers

[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]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Nov 20, 2008 - 16 answers

when does a wise man quit?

Background: I am 41 years old. I am 16 credits shy of graduating with a BS in Mathemathics. my GPA is 2.79, I have over 250 hours of attempted coursework, 144 of that is being counted towards my degree. I program and design software systems for a living. The Problem: I really love math and computer science but I am lousy at learning. when I say lousy I mean slow. [more inside]
posted by WannaBeAPhD on Apr 13, 2008 - 24 answers

How to teach myself computer science?

I want to teach myself computer science. I know that teaching myself is far from a university education on the subject, but I'd like to try. How can I teach myself? What are books/lectures/tools/websites/anything that I could use to do this? Covering everything from the programming languages themselves, to algorithms, software development, and the mathematics background necessary for this. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 12, 2008 - 22 answers

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