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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

What scientific software do I use?

GeekyScientistFilter: Help me find the right software for my research project. [more inside]
posted by fleeba on Mar 23, 2008 - 28 answers

Could high air-pressure explained huge dinosaurs?

SCIENCE! > Has anyone in paleontology explored the possibility that some aspects of dinosaur morphology can be explained by air pressure much higher than Earth's contemporary atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by joe_from_accounting on Mar 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Searching for Evolution Book

Help me find a book about evolution by Kirchner. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Mar 19, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I find out more information about a study reported everywhere in the news?

I was very interested in the study reported everywhere in the news today (for example: CNN) regarding how 1 in 4 teen girls has or has had an STD, however every single article was exactly the same leading me to believe they were all simply summarizing a press release. I'd like more info but where should I look for it? (Places I've tried inside) [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Mar 12, 2008 - 10 answers

I'm seeking some insight as to possible reasons a company with a potential dream job available would be unresponsive and seemingly uninterested in me.

Please help me determine the best way to ask for feedback from a company that I'm very interested in, but doesn't seem to be interested in me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Advice about applying to graduate school while abroad

I'm looking for information for applying to grad school while abroad. (PhD programs in Political Science/International Relations). I graduated from college in spring 2006, and I'm planning on applying next year (Fall '09) to start in Fall 2010. I'm also considering going to Israel in July and staying for about 10 months, and I want to make sure this won't impact my grad school plans in any way. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Mar 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Biotech filter - what are the major steps

Normally I would go back to my university (aka Wikipedia) for this question but I'm not getting the full picture... can you help me understand the whole pharma/biotech value chain and the major inputs and outputs of each major phase (R&D, development, clinical trials, pharmacokinetics, manufacturing, distribution (guessing)) and the risks that threaten each step. Thanks
posted by Barrows on Mar 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Mysticism/Spirituality/Religious reading material for the skeptical materialist

Can you recommend some books about spirituality/religion that a take a fairly rational/skeptical approach to the subject? [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Feb 26, 2008 - 30 answers

What can "Das war ja toll!" mean?

Scientific History Filter / Native German Speaker Filter. What did Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das war ja toll!" mean? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Feb 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Some kind of monster (book)

I am trying to find a SciFi book that I read the first couple of chapters of. It involved two companies racing to come up with some kind of genetic cure and in the process creating a monster or something. [more inside]
posted by rbs on Feb 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Finding anatomy poster source image?

How can I find the original source image from an anatomy poster? [more inside]
posted by andreux on Feb 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Math for pre-schoolers

My cousin's four year old son is obsessed with things like quarks and infinity. He insists to his mother that infinity is the last number. She isn't so sure, and wants to know more about things like strangeness. I don't want to determine this kid's future, but it seems fun to feed his curiosity. And since my wife's babysitter was Murray Gell-Mann, the responsibility has fallen partially on my shoulders to help answer his questions. What kinds of information can you recommend that I give to his mother so that she, an attorney and not a mathematician, and her son can learn more about this information. In particular, what kinds of books, games, and projects would introduce him to other neat ideas in mathematics and physics?
posted by billtron on Feb 16, 2008 - 27 answers

Can you explain “this?”

How do you explain the this object? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua on Feb 12, 2008 - 30 answers

Looking for a science fiction book about an alien science editor for Time Magazine

Looking for a Science Fiction book about an alien/cyborg surgically altered to appear human that is sent to New York City to make sure a planned visit by his people goes ok, because they're sick and tired of all the NASA probes. To help him blend in, his crampt spaceship is disguised to look like a rooftop building air conditioner and his superiors have already got him a job as an assistant science editor for Time Magazine. [more inside]
posted by Kioki-Silver on Feb 7, 2008 - 7 answers

bang until now

Please help me to find a video. A while back I remember seeing a short video online that showed the earth from the beginning to now. It was not too long. It was basically something like a "hip" graphic history of the 4.5 billion year old earth in a few minutes. I am looking to show this to a 9th grade biology class as a short introduction to our lesson on evolution. TIA
posted by Slenny on Feb 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Crystal formation is an increase in entropy?

ScienceFilter: Creationists, crystals, and thermodynamics. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Please help me find the title to this sci-fi book

Please help me find a specific sci-fi book [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Feb 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't?

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Feb 3, 2008 - 13 answers

An Apple a Day Keeps my Research Advisor Away

New Macintosh user needs help getting his Pro set up for academic research. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

I can haz eazy cardiology literature search?

Looking for a quick and easy online way to search the medical/scientific literature for new publications on a particular group of topics. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jan 29, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I write better short stories (science fiction)

How can I write better short stories (science fiction) [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 25, 2008 - 20 answers

Density? I'm dense.

Is there a chemical explanation for the density of an element or is it simply an innate physical characteristic? [more inside]
posted by beta male on Jan 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Fantastic fake science books and where to find them

I'm looking for recommendations for fake science books, or humoristic books in the style of a science book. Examples: the Haggis-on-Whey books, or J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Jan 21, 2008 - 35 answers

How to organize scientific article pdfs?

Scientists: What's the best and simplest way to organize, annotate, and take notes from scientific journal articles on a PC? I'm starting a new project and ready for a new system that doesn't require four programs or being unable to find something when I can't remember the title or author. How do you organize your references, pdfs, and notes? [more inside]
posted by JustWandering on Jan 18, 2008 - 18 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How to teach myself computer science?

I want to teach myself computer science. I know that teaching myself is far from a university education on the subject, but I'd like to try. How can I teach myself? What are books/lectures/tools/websites/anything that I could use to do this? Covering everything from the programming languages themselves, to algorithms, software development, and the mathematics background necessary for this. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Where to find viscoelastic rubber...?

Can anyone tell me where to research/find bulk viscoelastic rubber, or molded rubber that has viscoelastic properties? I'm looking for a material that when stretched, takes its sweet time in returning to its original size/shape. Turns out there are no rubber stores in my area to browse, thus no experts to turn to. Most info I've found online is scientific discussions about rubber properties.
posted by pallen123 on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Where to buy models of molecules?

What is a bricks-and-mortar store at which I could buy a set of model elements / bonds - the molecule model things that students use as they are learning organic chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for books, articles, podcasts and documentaries to prevent brain stagnation

In the spirit of this post, what have you read or seen lately (or not so lately) that has changed your mind? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Why do sugars like to cyclize in solution, thermodynamically speaking?

What is the correct thermodynamic explanation for the fact that all monosaccharides with 5 or more backbone carbon atoms occur predominately in their cyclic form in solution?
posted by perissodactyl on Dec 12, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I convince an advisor to take me on?

How do I convince a research advisor to take me on as a grad student? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Stories about sending signals to the past

Is there any time travel fiction based on the idea of only sending signals/information into the past? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Dec 9, 2007 - 41 answers

Re-colorable clothes

ChemistryFilter: What chemicals are out there that can stain a t-shirt, but then be quickly dissolved with a chemical? Bonus points: Chemicals are safe enough for compost heap, and won't dissolve in a washing machine. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 3, 2007 - 8 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Satellite for Nerds?

Can there seriously not be a single science (or even technology) channel on either one of the two satellite radio systems? [more inside]
posted by DU on Nov 29, 2007 - 18 answers

Paradoxical sheet magnets

SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Earth Science for kids?

Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB on Nov 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Why isn't publicly-funded scientific research freely available?

How does preventing public access to federally-funded scientific research serve the public interest? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Nov 15, 2007 - 39 answers

Why does boiling cause some foods to float?

Why does boiling cause some foods to float? [more inside]
posted by be11e on Nov 10, 2007 - 13 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

Great video podcasts please!

Direct me towards great video podcasts please. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Oct 31, 2007 - 12 answers

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere?

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Oct 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Why did Hello Kitty become blue?

When I was a kid, I took a trip once. The whole time, a plush Hello Kitty doll was in the back of the car, bombarded by the sun. It changed color from pink to dark blue. Any explanation for this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2007 - 13 answers

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]
posted by The Toad on Oct 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Library GroupMetaMindThing

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]
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 24, 2007 - 19 answers

Looking for scientific process in science-fiction

Looking for science-fiction that attempts to accurately depict the process of science. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes on Oct 23, 2007 - 36 answers

Me need mor math and chemistry

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]
posted by melissam on Oct 21, 2007 - 6 answers

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