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Crawling back up the ladder.

New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 17, 2012 - 21 answers

The End of the Universe is Neigh!

What would be the correct equation(s) to draw on a sandwich board to be worn that prophesies doom, gloom, and the heat death of the universe?
posted by dmd on Oct 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Help us find the right open-source license

I am a software engineer, and my company has decided to open-source my project. Yaaay! Please help us find the right open source license. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Resources for reaching large numbers of scientists?

Where can I find Listservs/message boards/mailing lists that include working scientists (of any field)? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Oct 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Computational biology vs. bioinformatics vs. biotech ...

I am a college freshman in my school's the College of Letters of Sciences. Currently, I'm pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science. I'd like to pursue a more technical understanding of software engineering as it applies to biological system, but need help maneuvering the many subfields. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Oct 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Tell me what to believe!

What’s the best, scientifically-supported mindset for success, resilience, confidence, and rebounding from stress and failure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Re-interpret and rock (and roll)

I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band. If you need examples: this should explain what I'm looking for. I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc. We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Oct 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Information on Higher Studies in Environmental Science

Looking for some information on Higher Studies in Environmental Science [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Oct 1, 2012 - 7 answers

The amazing world of science let me show it to you

I'd like science-, scientist-, or engineering-related book recommendations for a 9th grade student reading at a 6th-7th grade level. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Gauss, Escher, Bach. Give me math that doesn't read like math!

I have a very strong background in humanities but I've completed three-year undergraduate course in math. Though I passed it without trouble, I feel like traditional textbooks didn't teach make me understand a lot. What are best math resources (books, but not necessarily) that instead of trying to look like PM read more like literature or work on your intuition and talk about big picture implications instead? Something like Godel, Escher, Bach for various areas of mathematics. [more inside]
posted by desultory_banyan on Sep 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Writers of fiction are smart peoples and they knows stuff

How does a writer like Kim Stanley Robinson, or any writer for that matter, obtain and integrate the vast amounts of knowledge necessary to create a fully detailed and realistic world on the page? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Science. SCIENCE!!!!

Looking for child development milestones, with an emphasis on experiments, neural processing goobles, and mad science shenanigans! Tell me what weird experiments I can conduct with my child.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 20, 2012 - 8 answers

I am a scientist, I seek to understand CVs.

Does anyone know a good science/engineering resume editing service? Having trouble figuring out what to leave/chop. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you hear the wind blow?

Can wind affect sound waves? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I be a good partner to my SO who has a thyroid condition?

My SO has Graves disease. How do I be a good partner to them? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Sep 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me find a comforting science based eulogy

I can't remember where I read it - can someone help me find a eulogy from a scientist? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Got any futuristic exploration or research concept websites?

I'm looking for "what-if" websites that combine words, imagery, and other media to project cool science or exploration concepts onto the web. Two examples I have are here and here although I'm open to more than just Mars exploration stuff. [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Spaghetti Surprise!

I added some red wine to a hot pan containing some carmelized onions and garlic and spices and just-added cold ground turkey. FWOOM the wine ignited as if it were brandy in souvlaki. Wha? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 19, 2012 - 12 answers

How does science education work?

What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

All the King's horses and all the King's men

Suppose there is a person who was broken into many pieces. Scientists can look at bones and say where on the body they came from. Can they do the same for pieces of flesh and muscle? [more inside]
posted by bugmuncher on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Nature's egg timer?

What readily available materials change state at a constant, predictable rate in an easily observable manner? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Aug 15, 2012 - 12 answers

U.S. Public opinion versus institutional implementation

What are some contemporary examples of significant discrepancies between policy, the platforms of the major parties, and public opinion, as reflected by polls, in the United States?
posted by phrontist on Aug 13, 2012 - 4 answers

SF on Tech Civilization Before Ours

I'm intrigued by the notion that our civilization is not the first technological civilization to arise on Earth. After all, our ancestors several tens of thousands of years ago were as clever as we are. I'm looking for SF treatments of this notion. Recommendations? Non-fiction claiming to evaluate actual evidence of such a civilization is welcome, too.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 2, 2012 - 28 answers

If reputable scientists were to prescribe a healthy lifestyle, what would they include?

What are the most significant lifestyle changes I can make to improve my chances of maintaining a high quality-of-life throughout (a hopefully long) life? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Jul 31, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me find a short story I read.

I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by sauril on Jul 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Is "Modern Scientific Press" legit?

Is "Modern Scientific Press" a legitimate peer-reviewed scientific publisher? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Jul 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Better living through alchemy.

Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Are your eyes so tough you animal are your eyes very tough

Which animal has the hardest eyes? I was thinking about how eyes are pretty soft and it might be advantageous for a creature to have "natural goggles" protecting its squishy eyes. Which animal's eyes have the toughest coating? (I do not care to hear about the protective qualities of retractable eyeLIDs, only the surface which can not be retracted, and which must be seen through.)
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 20, 2012 - 12 answers

The Limits of Flatness

Are there an infinite number of 2D shapes? [more inside]
posted by mwachs on Jul 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Blind Me With Science

What are some good layman-level introductions to science like chemistry, physics, biology, etc? [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me find this science book aimed at kids.

What was that book? 1970s or early 1980s science book for kids, illustrated with black and white photographs. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for an old science fiction book

I am looking for a book. It's apparently about a boy who falls through a door / portal and travels through time - maybe forwards, maybe backwards - to Wales. It probably has a female author. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 7, 2012 - 23 answers

Geeky intellectual hero(ine) stories

Help me find movies/TV shows about geeky, intellectual heroes! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Microscope and telescope for a 4.5-year-old?

Can I get a telescope and microscope for around $150 (or less) that will be impressive to a 4.5-year-old boy, and still be useful for a few years? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jul 1, 2012 - 7 answers

MSc or PhD?

Wondering whether I should go for the PhD that I wanted when I went back to school, or whether it's more sensible to stay where I am and do a Master's first. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Memoirs from Scientists

Looking for more memoirs from scientists, along the lines of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Robert Sopolsky's A Primate's Memoir, and Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep There Are Snakes. [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Jun 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it possible that a slightly rotten potato could taste far better?

I cooked some near-rotten potatoes and they offered a flavour far surpassing other potatoes. I long to taste it again. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Jun 26, 2012 - 19 answers

A biological explanation of food poisoning please

What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
posted by distorte on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

one 二 three 四 five 六 seven 八 nine 十...

Why is it so hard to quickly count from 1 to 100 alternating between 2 different languages on each digit? Any cognitive scientists want to explain this? [more inside]
posted by querty on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Nonfiction books for 9 year olds

Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4 on Jun 24, 2012 - 27 answers

The Future, Conan?

Help me find some informative scientific podcasts/lectures/audio books/videos about the future of man and technology. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jun 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Dark sky, cheap telescope, totally inexperienced operator. What can I see?

Astronomy/Skygazing Beginner: I'm gonna be camping out in a dark place, and I have access to a cheap low-consumer-grade telescope. Is it worth it to take it? What could it see? What could I reliably find? Three technically-competent operators, but zero experience/familiarity with the use of any telescope. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 19, 2012 - 14 answers

How creative is instructional design as a career?

How creative is instructional design? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 18, 2012 - 7 answers

drug addled chimp?

Trying to locate a study in which they gave a chimpanzee (or other ape?) all the hard drugs he wanted (though it may have just been cocaine and/or heroin?) and found that with sufficient care, the subject actually lived a perfectly healthy and long life. [more inside]
posted by imagineerit on Jun 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Academic networking for dummies, and more helpful hints

A couple months ago I found a very long document talking about academic networking. I believe it was written over 20 years ago but still seemed incredibly relevant. As a young student trying to get his footing in academia, I'd love to find this networking primer again, as well as other things to read that would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Strass on Jun 14, 2012 - 5 answers

I feel like a quadropole-egic at my new job.

I need to become an expert in mass spectrometry. Help me, smart scientist mefites! [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 on Jun 11, 2012 - 2 answers

The Science of Magic

I'm looking for examples of stories that feature magic depicted as a science. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Jun 11, 2012 - 42 answers

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false?

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Jun 9, 2012 - 32 answers

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