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 -
What's the chemistry of playdough?
The recipe for basic playdough is:
2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar. This plus a little oil and food coloruing + low heat and stir until congealed.
What's the function of thee salt and the cream of tartar? The oil is obviously for lubrication the flour and water are what make the dough through the reaction of starch + heat.
posted by singingfish
on Dec 16, 2006 -
How is my belief that the world is round any more scientific than someone else's belief that a benevolent deity listens to her prayers? (I know this may seem chatty or open-ended, but I have a feeling that there is a neat argument out there that would wrap up this question for me, and meanwhile I'm in a bit of philosophical crisis about it.) [more inside]
posted by CrunchyGods
on Dec 4, 2006 -
Science and math educators, K-12 and college! What are your favourite science and math sites that you use for planning lessons and curricula, or for classroom use? And why? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Science question. Why is it that when you kill the heat to a pot of boiling water, it suddenly emits lots of condensation clouds? Shouldn't it be making those "steam" clouds while it boils?
posted by zek
on Oct 24, 2006 -
I'm not a smoker, so I consume most of my THC by steeping 1/4 oz of weed in 26 oz of 151-proof rum.
(After a week or so, I strain the rum and consume it about a tablespoon at a time. It suits my needs quite well.)
I remember from my days of making homemade wine that there was a fairly easy way to estimate the alcohol content of wine by measuring the specific gravity before and after fermentation. Is there any similar method to get a ballpark idea of how much THC is in my rum?
posted by Tbola
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Does a 'water bridge' (like the one in Magdeburg, Germany) have to be strong enough to carry both the water and the ship travelling upon it? Or, thanks to displacement, does it only need to be strong enough to carry the water? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy
on Oct 17, 2006 -
My friend is putting together a National Science Foundation proposal, and is looking for examples of other Ph. D. (or doctoral/maters) students' NSF proposals. Any ideas or resources would be greatly appreciated.
posted by stewiethegreat
on Oct 17, 2006 -
My religion prof. tried to tell our class that there was a 'scholar' who did research and came up with the claim that 90% of the presumptions upon which current science is based are wrong.
Where can I find who said this so that I can find a rebuttle saying it is crap?
posted by ackeber
on Oct 10, 2006 -
How often is a human body completely "new"? Or: No cell composing my body existed a month, a year, [the time I'm looking for] ago. [more inside]
posted by Korou
on Oct 5, 2006 -
I want to give my 4 year old a decent grounding in science, but I'm prety dim, myself. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by maryh
on Oct 4, 2006 -
Ignorantstudentfilter: What are some major cultural achievements or scientific discoveries that do not originate from white Europeans/Americans? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench
on Oct 3, 2006 -
When I was a kid, I read a science fiction book. I'd like now to find out what its name was, but, since I didn't read it in English, and it was about 20 years ago, I would have not a clue where to look. [more inside]
posted by bokononito
on Sep 22, 2006 -
Is there a book or website that details early attempts to assemble fossilized bone into animals/dinosaur skeletons? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt
on Sep 1, 2006 -
begin an academic program for an MS in Computer Science starting Fall, 2007. The upside is that I have a year to prepare, while the downside is that I clearly have some obstacles to overcome, which are that [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Do the curved triangular shapes made when cars (or even pedestrians) take "shortcuts" at T-junctions (seen here near my house
and here in Western Sahara
, although this seems like a deliberate one) have a name? What's the mathematics behind them? The psychology?
posted by Jimbob
on Aug 25, 2006 -
I want to stock my 4th/5th grade classroom with materials that students can study, manipulate and experiment with on their own. [more inside]
posted by argybarg
on Aug 11, 2006 -
How do I come up with a scientific theory to explain complex phenomena? My area of research is medicine, but I'm interested in the opinions of all flavors of scientists. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox
on Aug 3, 2006 -
What is the lowest possible flame temperature? No, not your cold-hearted ex, but actual fire. Google-search provides a host of information suitable for engineers and mathmeticians, but not for me. Help?
posted by jsteward
on Jul 29, 2006 -
StatsFilter: Evidence challenging/contradicting conventional controlled/placebo trials? [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Jul 25, 2006 -
In order to inspire my pupils, and demonstrate to them that studying science does not mean you have to become a scientist, I'm trying to compile a list of famous people with science-related qualifications (bachelors degrees and better, preferably).
I'm specifically interested in those with physics, chemistry or biology qualifications (or variations thereof, e.g. biochemistry, astrophysics) but if it turns out that Orlando Bloom has a degree in geology or Christina Aguilera is an expert neuroscientist then I'll take them too. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Jul 24, 2006 -
I've got a probably horribly complicated question about death. How long after the brain stops braining does the body actually die? [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Jul 7, 2006 -
Where can I find vintage scientific illustrations online, along the lines of these
? Images of flora, fauna, human anatomy, sea creatures, and the like. [more inside]
posted by inactivist
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Biology Research Filter: How do you make your own TMB substrate solution for use with an ELISA kit? [more inside]
posted by sicem07
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by josh
on Jul 5, 2006 -