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My Google-foo is failing me. About a month ago, I started reading a very interesting article about a topic in mathematics. I read only the first few paragraphs before I got distracted by something. Now I want to finish the article, but I can't find it. [more inside]
We are looking for examples of buy-outs, and related Coast management policies e.g. disallowing new building in 100 year floodzones, disallowing modifications or reconstruction in 100 year floodzones, buyouts, infrastructure maintenance. Land converted to use as parkland, etc
A while back I read a fascinating paper by a real mathematician (read: not a crank) who made the claim that the set of natural numbers is in fact finite. It was an entertaining read, but somehow I didn't bookmark it and I haven't been able to turn it up again. I'm hoping someone else at MeFi knows of it. [more inside]
What is a disease or condition that sounds scary, but is ultimately harmless or relatively non threatening? For example, if you went to the doctor and he said you had ___________ (scary sounding), but then he explains it is just ______________ (harmless). [more inside]
My spouse is very interested in mushrooms and slime molds, and often decides whether to drive an hour or three to a given location based on the amount of rainfall that location has received over the past few weeks. Is there a good and consolidated source for this information online? [more inside]
I’d really like to understand physics better, especially quantum mechanics, string theory all that spooky kinda stuff. But I really lack the maths brain to get in depth. What’s the best way to get my maths a bit more up to scratch? [more inside]
I found some branches with some beautiful lichens on them, and I want to use them in the house in dried plant arrangements. But! I don't want to poison my family with spores/pollen, or allergic reactions. Did some searching but would also like to get input from anyone learned in the fields of mycology, phycology, microbiology, and/or botany.
We help young formerly incarcerated men come back into community, find mentorship, and heal. We're Harlem-based and looking for a space to run our circles -- 10-15 or so men, weekly. The circles last 2-3 hours, and our budget is limited. Would anyone have any contacts or ideas? [more inside]
Wolverine has regenerative powers. A lot of vampires, werewolves, and similar creatures have the same. Can they get and keep tattoos, or would their powers erase them?
I saw these microfiber laundry balls in a store recently and was intrigued. My question: Is this bullshit? Would it actually help the environment if I bought and used one, or would it just make me feel good? Non-PR sources preferred.
I've just encountered this long list of cognitive and psychological biases, and I've had a ball of a time reading through them. What are some recommended books that go into these biases in more detail, particularly from a psychological or evolutionary perspective? [more inside]
I’m looking for a photo of a bird that I saw displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in the permanent collection. I’m getting a bird tattoo soon and I want to use this bird as a use as a reference. Are there pictures of the collection somewhere online? [more inside]
We have a few cabins up in Maine. Our outhouse probably needs to be replaced. What are our best options? [more inside]
I’ve recently had to buy AirPods and they’re very lose-able so I’ve taken to storing them (the case mostly) in my bra. I’ve always stored my mobile phone (cell phone) in my bra because it’s convenient and clothes made for women seldom have pockets. Is BraPod in any way a theoretical breast cancer risk? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for material science or properties of materials resources (books/videos/websites) for elementary age children? See details below the fold... [more inside]
What were the most valuable things you learned after going through your first earthquake? [more inside]
I'm seeking fluid modelling software, especially for water. I would like to do this at least partly in software as it takes more water flow than I can achieve at home. But what software? I need free, pref. FOSS, okay with cmd-line. I've looked at OpenFOAM but it's very hard to install, blender shows good graphics but I need realwater capability, and last time I tried blender 2009 it was hard to draw a polygon - also are Blender's water graphics 'real' or just pretty?! So what else is out there? [more inside]
I noticed this on a palm tree. Is it man-made? If yes, what is it for?
So, I've been told there's this HUGE tome, a textbook of 2200 pages on Endocrinology. What is the name and author?
Can you help me come up with a list of examples of uses of hardened steel in everyday life? [more inside]