Why were there more black experts in 1980's "Free to Choose" than there typically are in today's TV?
When watching Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose" (PBS, 1980), I was (pleasantly) surprised at the high number of black experts (and women) who were guests in the show. Not the usually array of exclusively old, white guys one would have expected. [more inside]
I have a Masters in Library Science. I received it a year and a bit back. In that time, I have been applying for a job in the public library sector as a reference librarian. I am not getting anywhere though I am following professional protocol in regards to a sound cover letter and solid resume. I got a 3.6 GPA in the program which is decent but not perfect. Decent, though. I have recently been broadening my search to places outside of my home state of Indiana (and Indianapolis). If you have any recommendations for the best job site areas to review on a regular basis, I am interested. [more inside]
Looking for science-fiction that attempts to accurately depict the process of science. [more inside]
Does anyone know of any one-year science-ish programs for those who have a bachelors, but who want to bulk up on science and/or math. [more inside]
I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
Anyone remember a great kids science book from the late 70's to the mid 80's? [more inside]
Help me properly remember this study or who wrote about it. It was about some animal that, in experiments, preferred the anticipation centers of their brain -- seeking circuits? -- stimulated over the pleasure centers. I read it in some poppish science book in the last few years and now I'm trying to more accurately recall it so I can use it in a talk, if I'm rembering it correctly. [more inside]
Does anyone have any ideas for touristy things to do in London on Saturday with a science / tech slant? [more inside]
LiquidNutritionfilter: I know a little about sports nutrition, and a little about parenteral nutrition. Is there a nutritionally complete liquid that healthy people can drink such that the only other necessary is water? If not, what liquid comes closest to being The One Food? If it's not commercially available, what's the closest to it you can buy? [more inside]
How can I acquire newswriting skills? [more inside]
Calling all food chemists: what do walnuts, spinach, and scallops have in common, composition-wise? [more inside]
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]
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!
I'm looking for existing webcams that document ecological phenomena. [more inside]
What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it? [more inside]
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]
Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
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]
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]
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).
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]
Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
Calling all science types: Help me get a more sophisticated grasp of the "LD50" concept used to test the toxicity of substances. [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me remember the name of a science fiction short story (possibly by asimov) [more inside]
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?
What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
Scientists out there, what are the best physical constants or material properties to have memorized for back-of-the-envelope calculations? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Why is the presidential administration working so persistently to bequeath extra powers to their likely Democrat successors? [more inside]
What is the name of the simple dish-shaped device used to project and receive sound across a large room? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
In data graphing and visualization, are there any existing standards for false-color or pseudo-color images?
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]
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]
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.
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]
A question about the observer-participancy phenomenon in subatomic physics. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?