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 -
I need help brainstorming creative ideas for visual stimuli which vary independently on two dimensions. [more inside]
posted by dmd
on Feb 21, 2007 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Are mosquito lamps effective and do they pose any health risks to pregnant humans ? [more inside]
posted by matholio
on Feb 5, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -