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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

Best way to learn Excel (from scratch) for entry-level actuarial work?

Two actuarial exams passed, writing resume and CV, need to learn Excel fairly well, for basic entry-level actuarial work. Any book recommendations? Or other learning modules? What's the best approach? I'm fairly competent at learning technical things.
posted by brighteyes7 on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Bueller? Anyone?

The great news is I got a teaching job high school. The not-so-great news is that I'm biology and physical science, subjects I can barely fake my way through (I got hired because I have a background in special education and working with this population). What are some great books and online resources that will help me with super-interesting lessons? Bonus points for online games and experiments that don't involve flames or heat. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 17, 2011 - 16 answers

How long must a drug company prove a drug safe and effective to win FDA approval?

When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Have there been any studies about the effect of a small penis on personality or accomplishment?

Is there any scholarship out there about penis size and relative [success/happiness/confidence/etc]? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 13, 2011 - 5 answers

I know I have a big ego, but...

Is my head actually that big, relatively? [more inside]
posted by Monday on Dec 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Why does banging two pebbles together make a weird smell?

Why does banging two pebbles together make a weird smell? I remember reading about this in a book of eclectic scientific essays. Apparently, when you bang two rocks together it makes a smoky odor ONLY if you have touched the surface with your skin. [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Dec 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Food lecture series hungry for a name & other bad puns

Help me name a food lecture series. The best food lecture series! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Dec 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Dog types and characteristics unique to asia

This article says that there is more variety in Asian dogs than in western dogs and that there are some dog types and characteristics that are unique to Asia. What are they? The article talks about DNA diversity, but doesn't talk very much about how the differences are actually expressed.
posted by empath on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

With whom are we sharing the rest of eternity?

If I've gotten the right impression, much of our currently visible universe will eventually be expanded away from us, never to be seen again. Do we already know how much and what parts of our present neighborhood we'll be left huddling with?
posted by Anything on Dec 4, 2011 - 12 answers

What thought-provoking things can I give my Dad for Christmas?

For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Dec 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Forensic Hydrology?

How can you tell where water came from? Lets say I give you a bucket of water taken from a local water source (river, lake, etc). There's some plants and maybe a fish in it as well. What could you tell me about where this water came from, could you pinpoint which body it came from, and how would you come to this conclusion? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 1, 2011 - 21 answers

What now, BS in Computer Science?

What now, BS in Computer Science? [more inside]
posted by Arashi on Nov 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Better living through audio

I am interested in hearing some historical and educational audiobooks/audiocasts. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Just Stubborn?

Looking for online scientific studies relating to the intelligence level of mules. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Nov 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Framed by Science.

What are the most reasonable, well-informed, and totally incorrect scientific papers? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Nov 19, 2011 - 26 answers

You have to do that thing with the thumb over the top and the little butt wiggle at the end.

The Secret Order of Employed Physicists: How did you get there? [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Nov 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Spacing Out

What nonfiction book or paper must I read to write a convincing story about an interstellar journey on a generation ship? [more inside]
posted by Forbidden Equine Dentistry on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Bird Houses Aren't Real Houses

How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Straight talk on Sciences Po?

Can anyone give me some straight talk on Sciences Po, otherwise known as l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris? It's quite expensive and I don't know that I could get in, but on the other hand, it could be an awesome opportunity. [more inside]
posted by peakes on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

McGurk effect, how does it work?

Please explain the McGurk effect as if you're talking to a 5th grader. [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem on Nov 5, 2011 - 14 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Visually Striking Scientific Illustrations for Poetry Book Cover

Help, scientists! I'm looking for a cover image for my forthcoming book of poetry. I would like to use a visually striking image (photo, diagram, etc.) from a scientific publication. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for travel or scientist blogs

Looking for travel or hands on scientist blogs [more inside]
posted by Cloud King on Nov 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find elegance in science and experimental design.

What are the most elegant experiments in all of science? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Oct 31, 2011 - 34 answers

Standing on the corner of the road to no regret.

After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 30, 2011 - 1 answer

Giving up on research. What next?

Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Weird Science

So has Andrea Rossi achieved cold fusion?
posted by jayCampbell on Oct 28, 2011 - 34 answers

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Snow long, farewell ...

Why do snowstorms last so long? We live in the Denver area and it snowed for 18 hours, from 9 PM last night to 3 PM this afternoon. My wife asked me why it never rains for that length of time. I muttered something about convection in the summer, then stopped when I realized I didn't know what I was talking about.
posted by lukemeister on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

No BS

How do I find a masters degree program in the environmental/biological sciences that doesn't require a BS and will match my interests? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

University Departmental Website Content?

What do you think should be on a university science department's website? If you were a student researching/applying for an UG or Masters program, or someone generally interested in the dept, what would you like to see and where? Alternatively, what are good examples of science dept. websites that you have seen? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Oct 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Come To Me, Red Cookbook!

Help forgetful me locate this red, science-heavy cookbook! [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Oct 4, 2011 - 7 answers

correct order of Ursula k.Le Guin's Hainish cycle?

In what order should i read Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish cycle? [more inside]
posted by paperscissorsrock on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

My first poster!

How do I print a scientific/clinical research poster? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Sep 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Art/Science Double Threats?

Are there any Great Scientists who are also Great Artists? If not right now, who was the last person who comfortably fit in both categories? For the purpose of this discussion, a Great Artist has produced museum quality work (or a great novel, or similar), and a Great Scientist has made at least one 'important' discovery or invention, however you want to define that. [more inside]
posted by empath on Sep 29, 2011 - 49 answers

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

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