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What was that awesome show about the history of physics in the late 80s?

There was a great series about the history of physics on PBS in the late 80s. It featured a combination of very clear explanations of each of the fundamental equations in physics throughout history presented by a very calm, level voiced (almost reverent) narrator and accompanied by fantastic very BBS Hitchhiker's Guide style animation. What was this show? And where can I find it now? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Apr 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Uplift

Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

How to get 2nd Bachelor's Degree from UCLA after foreign-based Bachelor's?

Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Hassoon on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

You say Da Vinci, and I say Da Vinci

Can you recommend good science sets or paint (non-watercolor) sets for an 11 year old girl? She likes to experiment and dabble in her room, and has asked about them as gifts. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Apr 14, 2012 - 11 answers

how to get close to a shy guy

Tips for getting to know an introverted, smart guy better? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Who is today's Asimov?

Fans of popular science writing: who is the 21st century's Isaac Asimov? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Apr 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me fix my experimental setup!

What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
posted by keelyellenmarie on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

How do they work?

How vigilant / attentive should I be about magnets hurting my electronics? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Regaining first authorship on my research work

Can I regain my lost rightful first authorship of a research paper? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Kill them all! Or at least prevent their birth.

I need to keep scientific samples (chips) in solution for weeks at a time, and they're growing bacteria. I suspect biologists have a good way of dealing with this, since they tend to do more solution work than I do; are any of you out there able to point me in the right direction in terms of UV lamps or something similar? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist?

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

How to understand the science of talk therapy?

Can you help me find some science-based reasons to believe that therapy works? [more inside]
posted by feets on Mar 30, 2012 - 19 answers

Successful Project-Based Learning You've Seen?

Project based learning and interdisciplinary teaching! I'm a high school science teacher working with an enthusiastic English teacher and we're trying to find the best project ideas to use in summer school (and beyond if successful). [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

New Sci Fi Book Club that doesn't suck?

Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

I need some heroes.

I'm looking for reading material written by or about political, progressive scientists who had/have productive technical careers as well as being politically active, and who saw/see their research in the context of political activism. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction?

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Mar 21, 2012 - 68 answers

Why are there sounds in this video in space?

How was the sound recorded from this recent 'Riding the Booster' video? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Mar 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Engineering Filter: Volume of water at high pressure and temperature. details inside

Can anyone tell me the density of water at 200GPa (pressure) and 210deg Celsius. The volume of water in questions is 1,500,000L or 1.5km3 at 0GPa and 0degC. [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Mar 18, 2012 - 12 answers

PowerPoint elegance for absolute beginners

I have given hundreds of lectures to audiences of all sizes and compositions, but I have never given a PowerPoint lecture. Help a complete novice do a great job the first time. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Mar 18, 2012 - 35 answers

What goes up.. is apparently breaking the laws of physics.

What kind of gas would you need to keep a steampunk/fantasy airship aloft? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Just how common are abusive situations in academia? How do you survive and is it even worth it?

My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Which GI organ absorbs the majority of ingested water? Source needed.

Which GI organ absorbs the majority of ingested water? Source needed. [more inside]
posted by 254blocks on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for stories of space programs interacting with religion.

I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me find graphic designers who specialize in scientific figures.

I'm a Ph.D. student who knows how important it is to have great graphics for scientific papers, posters, and job talks. Good scientists don't just come up with results, they present the results in ways that inspire, educate, and amaze others. I'm looking to find contract graphic designers who specialize in scientific work. [more inside]
posted by aki_norev on Mar 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Filter that makes laser beam visible?

Are there types of laser light, color or wavelength, whole beam can be seen in daylight conditions with a special eyeglass filter? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Mar 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Not so much air travel as air waiting.

How (im)practical of a travel method would it be to go up, hang out, and wait for the Earth's rotation to align with where you want to be? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 1, 2012 - 20 answers

Counting the Elderly

"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Mountains of notes...

Calling all academics and graduate students: Tell me about your workflow for turning a piles of notes and ideas into something that resembles a thesis or research arcticle! [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Mar 1, 2012 - 14 answers

What are good SF stories for teaching science?

What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight on Feb 29, 2012 - 16 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Take me beyond Wikipedia!

So in a week I'm starting a gig writing questions for a tv quiz show! Where are your favourite online (or offline!) repositories or trivia and amazing facts? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Feb 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 24, 2012 - 30 answers

Why, oh why, can't this just fit together like Legos?!

Plumbing/Science Equipmentfilter: I have a process air heater that I bought from Omega but I have no idea how to connect the 4in non-threaded duct and the 1in threaded pipe outlet from my blower. Help please! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for name of book about sleep

BookFilter: Book which I'm pretty sure was about sleep and wakefulness at different times of the day; what's the name? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

What do you 'like' on Facebook?

What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
posted by Artaud on Feb 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Best in-the-field science blogs?

Looking for great in-the-field science blogs. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 15, 2012 - 2 answers

Citizen Science in the Middle School Classroom

I am looking for great citizen science projects for my students to get involved in! [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Feb 14, 2012 - 15 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sorry, you aren't profitable enough to live.

I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Books on Cognitive Science Please

What are some recent books on Cognitive Science related to the Learning Sciences? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Feb 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me identify a dream world Sci-fi story

Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
posted by expatbore on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

We don't need no thought control...

I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study? (or, How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?) [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me make ice-albedo feedback fun!

Help me develop a board game to teach kids (and grown-ups) about positive feedback loops. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 9, 2012 - 10 answers

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