Calling all food chemists: what do walnuts, spinach, and scallops have in common, composition-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby
on Sep 25, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by ryecatcher
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Looking for serious, modern, and fun art schools in Europe, or possibly the US. [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Aug 10, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by lalochezia
on Jul 3, 2007 -
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.
posted by Tullyogallaghan
on Jul 2, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
In data graphing and visualization, are there any existing standards for false-color or pseudo-color images?
posted by fake
on Jun 21, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?
posted by hiro
on May 14, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
So we just saw Bodies: The Exhibition in Amsterdam, and have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by Mutant
on Apr 14, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
What is the proper anatomical term for the top of your foot?
posted by mattholomew
on Mar 18, 2007 -
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 -