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Please help me honor a scientist

Please help me honor a scientist I once knew. I'm looking to (A) set up a small scholarship in her name and (B) figure out what to do with something that she bequeathed to me. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Sep 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism on Sep 22, 2007 - 37 answers

Looking for webcams to use in ecology lessons.

I'm looking for existing webcams that document ecological phenomena. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu on Sep 19, 2007 - 7 answers

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it?

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Sep 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Academic rehab

I badly bungled my Political Science undergrad program, graduating with a GPA in the low 3's and a non-honours degree. I want to go to grad school in the same field. What are my options? (I'm in Canada). [more inside]
posted by pcameron on Sep 16, 2007 - 20 answers

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old?

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube on Sep 13, 2007 - 45 answers

Is there a science of strings?

How and why cables/strings/hoses/lines/cords etc. become entangled? Is there any scientific explanation of the process and more generally a science studying the physical/topological properties and behaviour of string materials? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Aug 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Science-Challenged

I dropped my science classes in grade 10, one of the major stupid decisions in my educational career. Now I want to catch up on my science knowledge. What's the least expensive way for me to catch up, either over the internet or through local classes? (I live in Toronto).
posted by pcameron on Aug 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Calling All Rocket Scientists

Is it the impact that causes the missile/torpedo/what-have-you to explode? Or some sort of 'on-board' electronic targeting system that tells it to detonate? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Aug 15, 2007 - 13 answers

Oh the places I might go

Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me go beyond high school chem class, LD50-wise.

Calling all science types: Help me get a more sophisticated grasp of the "LD50" concept used to test the toxicity of substances. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 8, 2007 - 17 answers

help me find an old book of science projects

Can you help me find an awesome old book of science projects. I remember many relevant details, but nothing handy like the author or title. [more inside]
posted by Good Brain on Aug 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Like Starship Troopers meets Gordon Frohman!

BookFilter: I read an odd science fiction book when I was younger, but then it got lost in a move long ago and ever since I've been wondering what it was. [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Jul 30, 2007 - 12 answers

What is this Science fiction story?

Help me remember the name of a science fiction short story (possibly by asimov) [more inside]
posted by sorindome on Jul 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Theory: solids passing through solids?

I read somewhere that, in theory, two solids coming into repeated contact should at some point (assume we're dealing with infinity) pass through each other. Nearest I can come is molecular harmonic resonance, or this slightly dubious writeup. Is this a observed phenomenon? Or is there a formal theory for this?
posted by ikebowen on Jul 24, 2007 - 14 answers

What else can be sensed passively?

What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Jul 17, 2007 - 17 answers

Fill my mental scientific tables.

Scientists out there, what are the best physical constants or material properties to have memorized for back-of-the-envelope calculations? [more inside]
posted by SBMike on Jul 17, 2007 - 25 answers

Adding powders to liquid when cooking

Everytime I make Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni, the powder clumps up when I add it to the liquid. How do I stop it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger on Jul 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Temperature indicators that create thermal profiles.

I am looking for a temperature indicator that comes in the form of a sheet, or a film, and permanently changes color in areas that have been exposed to high temperature. Does anyone know where I could find such a device? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jul 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Which Edward Tufte book should a scientist read?

My mom's a research scientist; I've convinced her to get an Edward Tufte book (partly because she uses Powerpoint a lot). Which one should she get?
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 6, 2007 - 19 answers

Executive Branch Power

Why is the presidential administration working so persistently to bequeath extra powers to their likely Democrat successors? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Jul 5, 2007 - 31 answers

Simple, spooky sound semicircles.

What is the name of the simple dish-shaped device used to project and receive sound across a large room? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo on Jul 3, 2007 - 10 answers

Advice for starting a tenure track science job.

NewAcademicJobFilter: What did/should you do, to start off a new academic job at a new institution and do it right? Lab? Colleagues? Students? People to know? Actions to take? How did you leave your own institution? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Who would want old natural science archives?

Who would want old natural science archives? I'm a librarian who is doing volunteer work for a big natural science museum. They have dumped their old printed journals, surveys, etc. in a warehouse and I've been sitting on a stool sorting through it, recording what is there. [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Jul 2, 2007 - 23 answers

Upgrade parts for humans

A few years ago I stumbled on a website that proposed (very likely fake) upgradeable human parts for sale : added memory, bionic eyes, legs, etc. I can't recall this website and can't find it on Google, does that ring a bell to anybody?
posted by V-Turn on Jun 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Job Interview for my First Postdoc - help!

I have just finished my PhD (Biochemistry) and will shortly be having a job interview for my first postdoctoral position. What can I expect in the interview? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Jun 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Standards for false and pseudo-color imagery?

In data graphing and visualization, are there any existing standards for false-color or pseudo-color images?
posted by fake on Jun 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me with gain science literacy

Is there a logical sequence in which to learn principles from the major fields of science, where knowledge from one field would undoubtedly help me understand the next? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jun 13, 2007 - 26 answers

SF story: man waking up in woman's body.

Looking for fascinating SF story, pretty old, 40's or 50's perhaps. Plot is of a man, while dreaming, waking up in a catatonic and fat woman's body, with a 12 hours time difference. Gradually he achieves muscle control over the woman's body, get's her/him to exercise and eventually leave the instution where she spent many years. [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Jun 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Classic science video parody

I'm looking for the name of a series of parody classic science videos, in the style of what you used to watch in high school, but with complete nonsensical (science wise) content.
posted by defcom1 on Jun 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Big Ideas and Counter-Culture via Podcast

I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 31, 2007 - 20 answers

A question about the observer-participancy phenomenon in subatomic physics.

A question about the observer-participancy phenomenon in subatomic physics. [more inside]
posted by heylight on May 30, 2007 - 17 answers

What salary should I expect as a young assistant editor for the monthly magazine of the leading organization of professional _________ engineers?

What salary should I expect as a young assistant editor for the monthly magazine of the leading organization of professional _________ engineers? [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling on May 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Can scientists compare complexities?

Do scientists have an accurate way to measure complexity? Are they able to compare a human body with a city, for example, and say that one is more or less complicated or complex than the other?
posted by cgc373 on May 25, 2007 - 22 answers

LibraryFilter: Should I make my goal to be a systems librarian?

Reading up on a few posts here, I realized I am building on being pretty well-equipped to become a systems librarian. Should I concentrate on it? [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 24, 2007 - 15 answers

Equal and Opposite Reaction?

Physics: Difference between two people pulling on each end of a rope, and one person pulling on a rope tied to a tree. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext on May 18, 2007 - 35 answers

What can I learn in 3 minutes?

I'm in the second round of interviews for this competitive science summer camp teaching position. This includes presenting a three-minute lesson on anything in particular that targets K-5 kids. My problem: I've never taught kids before, and I'm pretty sure those I'm up against have. What do you think would be a good, short demonstration that gives kids some hands-on experience and that would also blow their minds? [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x on May 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?

Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?
posted by hiro on May 14, 2007 - 18 answers

Y'know, I'd really like to be a luthier.

I'm a college sophomore on my way to a CS Major / Religion Minor. Apparently my initial career options (just from that major) are a little bit better than my English-major friends. But I'd much rather make interesting things than work in a cubicle. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

The View from the Iron Curtain

What was the attitude toward Americans and America in East Germany and the former USSR? What are some interesting propaganda campaigns, or stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on May 13, 2007 - 21 answers

CS Royalty?

CS-Royalty? So I was eating lunch in Williamsburg and struck up a conversation with a guy who was about 65 or so, and he claimed the following. - He was one of 7 developers to port DARPAnet to commercial architectures - He had worked with almost every president since starting up work - He has been in a Fortune 500 company as an IT higher-up and had met with Bill Gates (and told him "his product sucked") - He went to University of Colorado and taught at MIT His name came out something like Larry Sand-berg, but very uncertain about the last name. I'm interested in seeing if this is complete BS, or some element of truth.
posted by tmcw on May 4, 2007 - 23 answers

Art or what?

So we just saw Bodies: The Exhibition in Amsterdam, and have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Apr 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Graduate school prep

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]
posted by Aanidaani on Apr 4, 2007 - 14 answers

How can I read in the bath without getting my reading material all wet?

I find it relaxing to read in the bath. But my hands usually get wet and soak whatever I'm reading. I remember seeing a demo on a science program where the host coated his hands with some substance and dipped them in a tank of water, and when he took them out, they were perfectly dry. The substance prevented the water's surface tension from breaking, keeping the hands from getting wet. Is this a common, safe, generally available substance--that I could use while reading in the bath? If not, anyone have a better idea?
posted by lsemel on Apr 1, 2007 - 38 answers

Does a tank of helium weigh more or less when empty?

Does a helium tank weigh more or less after it is empty? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Mar 24, 2007 - 13 answers

I love me some science... her, eh, not so much...

Er... so my new girlfriend doesn't believe in atoms... [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Mar 24, 2007 - 142 answers

What is the proper anatomical term for the top of your foot?

What is the proper anatomical term for the top of your foot?
posted by mattholomew on Mar 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Industrial placement benefits

I'm going back to university in the autumn (at 24 & in the UK) for a BSc in Computer Science. Is it worthwhile doing a course that includes a year in industry? [more inside]
posted by muteh on Mar 6, 2007 - 17 answers

Creative ideas for visual stimuli needed.

I need help brainstorming creative ideas for visual stimuli which vary independently on two dimensions. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Feb 21, 2007 - 22 answers

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