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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

So long, and thanks for all the genetically modified mice

What non-academic career paths are open to a freshly-minted biology PhD? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jun 9, 2012 - 10 answers

learn data science

I'd like to learn about data science. Things like predictive modelling, regression and classification and so on. What would be good books or online courses to start with?
posted by gwynp on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the greenest way to boil my tea water?

What is the most environmentally friendly way to boil water for, e.g., tea? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jun 6, 2012 - 23 answers

What are some science experiments that would be fun (and impressive) for a 4 year old?

What are some science-y experiments that would be fun (and impressive) for a 4 year old? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Jun 5, 2012 - 34 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Space invaders?

Are these meteorites? I've been moving them with me for years, always meaning to ask. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 3, 2012 - 12 answers

What sort of wild technology do you need to entangle particles?

I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on May 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Transfer questions

Transfer, the 2010 German movie: questions! (big spoilers inside; avoid if you haven't seen this awesome movie) [more inside]
posted by lorimer on May 25, 2012 - 0 answers

Identify science fiction novel

A science fiction book set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been snowed in. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

pprint-dispatch

Can anyone tell me which institution offered the first computer science degree in Australia and when that was? My Google hand is not working.
posted by mattoxic on May 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

The modulation of our sense of smell

How and why do we become accustomed to smells? What makes some odours personally super-pungent one day and unnoticed 'background noise' later on, despite the smell remaining objectively unchanged? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Power Grid: The Game is way more fun than this.

Explain alternating current distribution across "the grid" to me in terms an educated layman can understand. Specifically, I have a question about how to talk about which power plants are providing power to a particular consumer. [more inside]
posted by 256 on May 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Please help me evaluate this article from a scientific standpoint.

Please help me understand whether the science in this article about SSRIs and inflammation is valid or not. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on May 16, 2012 - 12 answers

What ever became of James Burke's little spheres?

In the final episode of James Burke's "Connections", he describes a secret experiment mixing CuSO4 and NaOH, and the potential uses for the result. That was the late 1970s--I am curious what actually happened since then. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Five year old green thumb

I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 9, 2012 - 38 answers

What was that article about colonies of bacteria acting like actual historical cities?

Help me find an article about bacteria modeling human behavior at a macro level. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by gauche on May 7, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

I broke my hi-fi system and my hi-fi speakers.

I replaced old 6 ohm woofers with new 8 ohm ones. Now, my amplifier overheats. Can someone here explain the science of what I have done wrong? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on May 6, 2012 - 19 answers

I need an amazing book on the philosophy of science that will get my juices flowing

I want to learn more about the philosophy of science, the validation of its methods, its relation to faith and our core existence, its weaknesses, its controversies, its fundamental warps and wefts into the fabric of our society. [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on May 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Can I get back into academia (particularly a hard science) after leaving?

Can I get back into academia (particularly a hard science) after leaving? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Getting into chemistry grad school with no chemistry background?

I would like to pursue research in supramolecular chemistry, but I am a couple years out of school and do not have a chemistry background. Also, I lack letters of recommendation. I am certain I cannot get into a decent Ph.D. program, but do I have a shot at getting in a Master's program? Or must I resort to taking classes at a university somewhere? [more inside]
posted by nhamann on Apr 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Scientific literature on Lasik satisfaction and side effects?

I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Apr 29, 2012 - 6 answers

.....wat?

I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 25, 2012 - 14 answers

How bad is it for you to sleep with the light on ?

How bad is sleeping with the light on? I have checked google! - more inside. [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde on Apr 20, 2012 - 11 answers

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