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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

How to make water like gas?

Weird science-y question! Is there any kind of (nontoxic, readily available) liquid that behaves in some ways like smoke? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Feb 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Building a higher-pressure pressure cooker

I need to make a small, high-pressure chamber. Pressure cookers only go up to 15 PSI, I'm looking for more like 50+. Can I just swap the valve out? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Wedding wet science and high art?

What's some great new bioscience themed art? The more hands-on and interactive the better. Mapping genetic sequences to procedurally generated pictured is all good and well, but does seem a bit trite and decorative these days. What's out there these days saying something in the intersection between wet labs and the gallery?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Feb 2, 2012 - 3 answers

paging bill nye

This weekend I have to present a very brief (2-3 minute) lesson, aimed at fifth graders, on a science/engineering concept of my choosing. What should I choose? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Jan 23, 2012 - 17 answers

I build all the things!

Cool Science Construction Projects! After I've built my Dobsonian telescope, machined my Gingery workshop, and constructed my Farnsworth fusion reactor, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What does the word "abstract" mean?

What does the word "abstract" mean? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me learn the ABCs of A,C,T and G!

Looking for an awesome primer on genetics! It should start somewhere around the highschool level, and continue through to some college-level material. Bonus points if it touches on some recent developments and research. Oh! And readability is key. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 13, 2012 - 5 answers

They blinded us with science?

We are a group of mid-20s to mid-30s life-science phd students that have started a book club. Our first book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was a great fit for us. Please recommend others that you think might appeal to such a group. Thanks!
posted by sickinthehead on Jan 12, 2012 - 38 answers

How do I jump-start the the go back to school mojo?

How do I change from worst student ever to world-class adult learner + scientist? What habits can I put into practice that will help me succeed at school, work, and personal endeavors? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Jan 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Breeding Personality

If personality isn't supposed to be genetic, then how are pet breeds able to be differentiated by personality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

"Science is fundamentally flawed"

Do Godel's theorems refute all of science and logic? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

How did you plot your scientific career path?

Biologists, biochemists, and microbiologists: how did you choose your field? I'm coming to the end of my undergraduate research year, and hope to apply for doctoral study for 2013, but am finding it very hard to settle definitively on a field and a lab to target. If you were a bright young thing about to start your research career in earnest, where would you hope to end up? [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jan 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Peer review review

Can you help me figure out number of papers per year for a few top journals? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 answers

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study?

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

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