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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

What solids other than water float on their liquid forms?

Are there any substances, other than water, where the solid form is less dense than the liquid? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 20, 2007 - 19 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

E=MC². So?

What did Einstein actually contribute to the modern world? With some scientists, you could say - he made the lightbulb, the other would be - without his help, the computer would not be possible, yet another - he made the first prototype of the airplane. Well, what did Einstein actually do? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Feb 14, 2007 - 32 answers

Occam's Razor hypocritical? Discussion links request.

Deceptively unchatfilter =P I am looking for good discussions on Occam's Razor -- which I think is obscenely absurd. Looking for links to discussions, not necessarily petitioning comments (although welcome). [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Feb 13, 2007 - 28 answers

Just curious

Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Feb 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Book about Finnish space colonists?

ScienceFictionBookFilter: What is the title of a science-fiction book about a cold, snowfilled planet being colonized by residents from Finland? Artificial suns and mystical powers involved... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 on Feb 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Make science simple

I was a high school dropout and didn't go to college, and now I'm trying to catch up, working towards a degree in a science/health field. This semester I'm taking Chemistry (an introductory level class) and Anatomy and Physiology. I'm doing OK in my classes, but certain concepts are coming pretty slowly. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Feb 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Are mosquito lamps effective and do they pose any health risks to pregnant humans ?

Are mosquito lamps effective and do they pose any health risks to pregnant humans ? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Feb 5, 2007 - 9 answers

What should I expect in a PhD interview?

What is involved in a PhD interview? What should I expect, and how should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by waxwing on Jan 31, 2007 - 18 answers

A banana would have made it perfect

I just ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich on soft white bread. The bread on the honey side developed a kind of rough texture, almost like the bread had been lightly toasted on one side. Not unpleasant, but kind of odd. I noticed this when I was a kid and I've always wondered about it, and just now realized that someone here might know what's going on (I grew up in the South, and I have been known to eat molasses and butter sandwiches - the rough-texture thing doesn't happen with molasses, only honey. I don't know about other sugary syrup products).
posted by cilantro on Jan 30, 2007 - 30 answers

Truckers in Spaaaaaace - help me find realistic, grimy, near-future space stories

I'm reading Alastair Reynold's excellent Pushing Ice and I'd love to read more like it - help me Mefi! [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 27, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for help and suggestions on an illusion/science experiment/bit of alchemy I can perform.

Looking for help and suggestions on an illusion/science experiment/bit of alchemy I can perform. [more inside]
posted by donovan on Jan 26, 2007 - 13 answers

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2007 - 15 answers

How to make a simple railgun?

How to make a simple railgun to demonstrate the principle to children? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on Jan 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Can Stephen Hawking have sex?

Can Stephen Hawking have sex? [more inside]
posted by gelcap on Jan 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Mead-making and measuring alcohol content

Measuring alcohol content without a hydrometer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 10, 2007 - 8 answers

siRNA woes

Attention Biochemists or Anyone Else working with RNAi-expressing cell lines: Help me troubleshoot! [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe on Jan 4, 2007 - 15 answers

How seriously are drug companies researching alternative medicine?

How do I find out what percentage of pharmaceutical research is directed towards 'natural remedies' and how much is directed towards 'typical' scientific research? [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Jan 2, 2007 - 8 answers

I saw a neat shirt on Mythbusters. Where can I get it?

Earlier tonight, during the Mythbusters marathon, I saw various 'Busters wearing a "WARNING: SCIENCE IN PROGRESS" shirt. It had a sign with an explosion and a guy fleeing the blast. I've searched around, but have not been able to find it. Anyone know where they got 'em?
posted by Mikey-San on Jan 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Are they taking them to the whale weigh stations?

Whalefilter: What are the Japanese whaling fleet researching? [more inside]
posted by scodger on Dec 31, 2006 - 7 answers

What are some of the best layman's books on the latest advances in physics?

I've read a few really good works on quantum physics and other cutting-edge sciences, and I'd like to know more. However, I'm coming at this topic from a decidedly non-scientific education. Can someone suggest a few titles?
posted by jackypaper on Dec 28, 2006 - 15 answers

Why might a cat have no ears ?

I met a cat in the street tonight and didn't have any ears. I was walking down a quiet street and saw a white cat sitting in the middle of the street, it didn't move as I approached. I got to abaout 10 ft and stopped, and called to it. It came over and was clearly not afraid. It did not have any ears, it had holes where ears would be and the holes were clean, no flaps or raggedy bits. We bonded easy enough, I was able to lift the creature onto my lap, it was purring. It was skinny and I think under fed, certainly my own cats which are lean, are much fuller in body. Why might a cat have no ears ? Is it an act of malice or surgery ? Disese or cruelty ? Birth defect ? It made me very sad.
posted by matholio on Dec 22, 2006 - 18 answers

What is the science behind Camel's new non-spit oral tobacco product?

How is it that Camel has achieved in marketing a non-spit oral tobacco product when typically, that type of product has to be spit? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Dec 20, 2006 - 8 answers

Help my Dad celebrate Christmas by poking gentle fun at Christians

SomewhatObscureGiftFilter: I'd like to buy a Darwin Fish bumper plaque/emblem, and I'd like to have it by December 24. I'm in Ontario (Niagara region). The online options I've found have slow or super-expensive shipping to Canada -- anyone know of a bricks-and-mortar source?
posted by ewiar on Dec 18, 2006 - 4 answers

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