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Does anyone remember a spherical cubicle?

I saw a website or read an article about an ergonomic "cubicle" that was actually a very large, balanced sphere. The person would lie down inside the sphere in a perfectly supporting "chair" (somewhat like a first-class recliner), facing upwards; the keyboard was at lap level, and the monitor hung from the top of the sphere. Now I can't find it. Help?
posted by tzikeh on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I convince someone that (S)cience is real?

How do I convince someone Science is real? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Jul 15, 2008 - 69 answers


Medfilter: For those of you who are familiar with PubMed, is there some super-secret way to access the full articles on that site, or is it just abstracts? [more inside]
posted by kldickson on Jul 14, 2008 - 21 answers

Best HCI Examples In Pop Culture

What are the best examples of human/computer interaction in tv and movies (please mention specific scenes and episodes if you can). ex: HAL in 2001, The touch screen in Minority Report, Scotty talking to the mouse in Star Trek IV -lol, etc...
posted by libraryman on Jul 13, 2008 - 33 answers


Is there something like the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, only for science? [more inside]
posted by softsantear on Jul 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Why do flip flops go flip flop?

Why do flip flops go flip flop? As opposed to flip flip or even flop flop? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 4, 2008 - 28 answers

Computer science? yea or nay?

Should I major in computer science? If yes, what career options are available? [more inside]
posted by frettchen on Jul 3, 2008 - 23 answers

To inifinity and beyond!

What are some topics in astronomy or cosmology that you find fascinating and mind blowing? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane on Jul 3, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me find a young adults hard sci-fi book about a space medic?

Please-help-me-identify-a-book-filter. Trying to track down a young adults hardish sci-fi book from the mid 80s in the UK about a space medic in trouble. [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG on Jul 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Arts and Crafts with a Science Twist?

I need help coming up with ideas for ~30 min science-related arts and crafts activities for kids aged 3-17 in a pretty limited environment. [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission on Jun 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Blue Man, not the group.

I'm looking for an old science fiction novel about an evil, blue giant titled "The Blue Man" - the Google and Amazon search is poisoned by both The Blue Man Group, and a young-adult science fiction novel "The Blue Man" which isn't it at all. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Add a new category to this list: Aliens, Monsters, Ghosts...

Aliens, monsters, and ghosts. The big three. But is there a fourth? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jun 26, 2008 - 42 answers

Graduate school help

I'm currently looking at materials science PhD programs and I'm having some difficulty locating magnetic materials groups. My interests lie in volatile and non-volatile storage, which is a pretty broad area. Can anyone suggest schools to look at? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jun 17, 2008 - 8 answers

No assembly required?

Can anyone recommend a good secular homeschool science curriculum package that includes materials needed for experiments? [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jun 9, 2008 - 2 answers

What are some mindblowing scientific concepts?

What are some mindblowing scientific concepts (proven or hypothetical)? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Jun 4, 2008 - 57 answers

Twinkle, twinkle big fat star; how I wonder what you are.

In my view of the sky from Mobile, AL - looking southward - there is a star shimmering brightly in red, yellow and even green. What is it? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on May 31, 2008 - 25 answers

Do pheromone colognes really work?

Do pheromone colognes really work? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on May 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Science Forums?

I am a grad student in the physical sciences and I've got questions, but I work in a small group on a project by myself so a lot of the times I have simple questions that can take a while to dig out of papers. Is there a good forum or message board that is generally accepted to be useful for posing questions and such? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on May 21, 2008 - 7 answers

What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood?

What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on May 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Recommendations for science experiment book for children?

Looking for recommendations for a science experiment book suitable for an 8 year old. When I was a kid, I had a copy of “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” that I loved, but unfortunately it’s out of print. Any suggestions?
posted by skwm on May 19, 2008 - 11 answers

the genius robotic entity of sciforums.com

Can you help me find the fascinating and mysterious forum postings of a self-proclaimed robotic entity on sciforums.com? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on May 16, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I find cool screen savers that are safe for download?

Help me find a cool screen saver that won't infect my computer. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Press Button to Cross

How does the button on the pedestrian crossing lights work? Does it actually send some sort of signal to the traffic lights, or is it just a psychological thing? It seems rather random timing-wise.
posted by divabat on May 14, 2008 - 21 answers

What computer science classes I should take before Graduate Schools?

My question is that I want to know what computer science classes at a community college I should take before enrolling in a MLS graduate school? [more inside]
posted by LilSoulBrother85 on May 13, 2008 - 11 answers

What should I do with my life?

20-something INTP, bored to death in his corporate gig, asks: What should I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2008 - 28 answers

Mad social scientist seeks statistical test...

StatsFilter: I want to compare quantitatively the results of subjecting two different groups of people, A and B, to two different "programs". Which statistical test do I use to see which "program" had a greater effect? [more inside]
posted by R_Nebblesworth on May 7, 2008 - 5 answers

La, la, la, la, la, la, Smurf the whole day long

Please help me convince my in-laws not to take colloidal silver (silver water). [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on May 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Finding the Walls to Breakthrough

What are the modern fields in science currently under crisis? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on May 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Please help me understand this obscure science fiction story

Question about obscure science fiction short story, "Allegory," by William T. Powers, which was reprinted in Groff Conklin's 13 GREAT STORIES OF SCIENCE FICTION. The question is: what is this story an allegory of? To put it another way, is there some real-world or historical event that this story is a comment on? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Apr 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Does Viagra Keep Flowers From Wilting?

I'm looking for websites which document people just getting together and doing weird, quasi-scientific experiments for fun. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Where Have All The Problems Gone?

Where can I find accurate, concise information on short-to-medium term technical problems in the data-center/server/colo markets? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Apr 29, 2008 - 1 answer

Is heliocentrism wrong?

Does modern science prove the theory of heliocentrism wrong? [more inside]
posted by wigglin on Apr 28, 2008 - 18 answers

Get paid to sleep?!?

Should I participate in a 4-week sleep study? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter on Apr 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Robot flea circus

Who first came up with the concept of lots of small (though not necessarily nanoscale) robots performing useful tasks collectively? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson on Apr 23, 2008 - 10 answers

who are these children?

Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Apr 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Brain, Mind and Soul Wiki Needed

Cutting edge strides and theories in neo-psychology - does an up and running, active Wiki exist? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me find the title to this novel?

A novel about a computer that attempts to create art? Help me identify this sci-fi book. [more inside]
posted by bradth27 on Apr 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Are there any CS/Engr Books for kids?

When asked, I couldn't recommend any good Computer Science or Engineering books for kids. Do such books exist? To avoid buying a stack and going through them myself, can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk on Apr 20, 2008 - 8 answers

cliff's notes for college?

i want something sort of like this, only more to my liking. recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by gcat on Apr 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Scientific formulas for happy, healthy, wise children

What are some (at least somewhat) objective studies on healthy children demographics? I'm specifically interested in single vs. multiple children, and for multiple children, differences in age, gender, relationship to parent (adoption vs. biological), and race. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Apr 15, 2008 - 2 answers

What is this stuff?

What are the little black pebbly things that are in the bottom of this floating thermometer . Are they what makes it float? Are they toxic?
posted by danb1 on Apr 13, 2008 - 6 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

Best French-English/English-French science dictionary?

Francofilter (part 2) (part 1): What's my best option for a science/technical French-English/English-French dictionary? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Apr 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Why does tilt-shift photography make things look tiny?

Why does our brain perceive tilt-shift photography as tiny little toy models? I'd love to know the science behind this popular effect.
posted by waxpancake on Apr 10, 2008 - 19 answers

science fiction book

looking for a book, its about a geneticly altered boy (his whole colony was altered thus) he is really big and strong, they raise dangerous animals as pets. Anyway he is the first of his colony to go off to a sort of galactic school, where he ends up fighting all sorts of creatures, near the end he fights a huge mutant bear and wins by smashingits head with a camera. I aplogize if this is not the proper place to post but i could not find what i need
posted by quseio on Apr 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Make my 10th grade bio teacher proud!

I'm going to college soon. (Age 24; been working a desk job in health care since I was 18.) I've got an inkling I want to study biology. Recommend me some books to help me get the lay of the land and get fired up about this. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 4, 2008 - 23 answers

Historic and current incidence of foodborne pathognens

Please point me towards some useful data on foodborne pathogens. Specifically, I'm looking for incidence. Historic, current and emerging pathogens are all up for grabs. More inside of course... [more inside]
posted by sero_venientibus_ossa on Apr 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Citizen science

I'm looking for examples of crowdsourcing approaches to conservation science, where anyone - not just scientists - can help in conservation efforts by gathering data, etc. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Career counseling for science types

From time to time, I help my liberal arts type friends with resume writing, job hunting and interview coaching. I've now had a scientist ask me for help. How can I help her best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2008 - 1 answer

What books or courses will help me learn science?

What books or online courses will best help me learn science and engineering? I'm especially interested in physics, astronomy, general electronics, and computer science. [more inside]
posted by dylan20 on Mar 24, 2008 - 8 answers

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