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Assuming it travels at a constant speed for most of the trip up or down, what would it feel like to be a passenger inside of a space elevator car? [more inside]
In Chinese culture (and probably others), there is a strong belief that cold things (cold water, cold air, cold anything) will give you a cold, like, immediately. I have some questions around this belief. [more inside]
So there is a bunch of news about the novel coronavirus and it got me wondering. How do doctors (scientists?) identify a new sickness? Like wouldn't they just assume that it is the flu or something?
"[A] maneuver that anesthesiologists use on patients who are having difficulty regaining consciousness after sedation: they press hard on the inner edges of the eye sockets, and the pain shocks people awake." (link) Can someone provide more information, or proper terminology to turn up legitimate information? My Google-fu fails.
I'm curious about the process for identifying/processing people who are suspected to have come down with Wuhan coronavirus. [more inside]
I saw this question the other day and was hoping it would be about Pangaea or the movement of tectonic plates. So now I'd like to know: why aren't these two places geographically closer to one another? Any landmark paleogeographic papers or books/documentaries on the topic? Maybe some academic/museum websites for checking out continental drift?
Any recommendations for an audiobook about molecular biology (stuff along the lines of Molecular Biology of the Cell) that would make for good listening while driving?
I've got a dataset mainly sourced from newspapers and I'm looking for interesting analysis to do to it. What fun things could I do? I will be using R. Caveat, I only have an example subset for now. So I'd like to prepare some analysis based on that. [more inside]
I'd like to read about methods for increasing the odds of conceiving a baby of a specific sex. Anecdotal, traditional, superstitious, or, better yet, supported by (even vanishingly small) scientific data- open to all.
I recently read this NYT article on how good fruit is for you, that broke down the process of digestion and how our body uses fruit as fuel. It motivated me to eat fruit, in a "Wow! Nature is f’ing awesome!" way and not an "Ugh I need to eat 5 servings of this so I don't die early" kind of way. What credible, scientific, *non-diet* sources are there of information about how humans digest food, why some foods are awesome for us, and how fruits and vegetables help our bodies? [more inside]
My kids (6 and 10) were asking the greatest questions last night. [more inside]
I'm not a millennial, but I have been having fun building my houseplant collection of late. Now I find that I'm wanting to learn a bit more about these lovely creatures in my house. What's the best way for a non-science person to learn something about the botany of houseplants? [more inside]
I suspect that I'm about to misinterpret this paper. Could someone who knows what they're talking about explain "non-canonical transcription" and "dark DNA"?
I'd like to rank several irregular 2D shapes by how "squiggly" their borders are, so I need a good ordinal numerical scale. Their scale varies, so circumference won't cut it. What would be a measure that's valid to, say, a topologist? Maybe a ratio of circumference to area? Is there a better term? Help me help myself on math.stackexchange.com!
I'm a scientist in industry and I've been asked to write a systematic review with meta-analysis. I got the Cochrane book, and I am super-stoked about this opportunity. But I'm an industry scientist, and my company makes some of the products in the published studies to be included in the systematic review. I think I need one or more academic coauthors -- but how? [more inside]
My spouse and I like to go watch animals. We live in the south SF Bay area. What are some once-a-year things we should see? [more inside]
December 31, 2019
Okay, so I have some tire chains (that my neighbor hand-made for me). When not on the tire they are laid out like a ladder -- one chain on each side, with a large number of 'rungs' across (i.e. like this. This is great, they are super heavy duty.... but it's somewhat important I don't let them loop through themselves. Is there a topologically sound solution to preventing them from ever accidentally looping through themselves? [more inside]
December 28, 2019
I have just acquired a book from the 1880s which has colour plates in it. The colour plates are starting to stick to the facing page (I think it's specifically the coloured ink which is becoming tacky). I presume that there is some sort of non-stick paper that I can put in the book to deal with this - but I'm not au fait with the language of book conservation, so I'm not sure how to start looking for this. [more inside]
December 27, 2019
Biological MeFites, my friend who is writing a novel asks: "Are there examples in nature of self-culling in plants, animals, or bacteria? It could be war, could be suicide, could be contraception - anything which might keep a species from hitting the wall of carrying capacity or environmental degradation."
December 22, 2019
I'm trying to find the source of a half-remembered quotation from (or about) an early nuclear physics researcher, talking about how they didn't initially realize that their work would lead to the development of nuclear weapons. It's along the lines of: "We were innocent, like children playing in a sandbox, with no idea of what would come after." [more inside]