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Thought experiment I'm hosting over at my journal, [personal profile] jjhunter: Come All Ye Castles, Ancient and Neglected
So: castles. Let's do a version of [the 'Earth Without People'] thought experiment with a castle, say a château (-fort or otherwise) like the Château d'Ussé in France. If you take humans out of the picture for a hundred years, what happens to that building and the land immediately surrounding it? If we were to take snapshots of particular elements at 10, 20, 50, 100 years, what would that progression look like?
I'm particularly interested in what might happening chemically / structurally to the building itself and its contents if no one's doing preventative maintenance, and how the proportions of various animal and plant populations might shift over time if there's no selective breeding / weeding /etc. going on.

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A/N: admins, can we have a tag of some kind for 'thought experiment'?
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One of the threads at my Snow Day Soiree today begins A is for Antigen...

Come bring what you're currently trying to figure out, and strike up a conversation thread or two!
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"To get a feel for how scientists really think, next time you meet a scientist [...] don't ask her to explain what she does. Ask her what she's trying to figure out." - Dr. Stuart Firestein as quoted in Sandra Blakeslee NYTimes article "To Advance, Search for a Black Cat In a Dark Room" (6/18/12)
Come share your current questions, scientific and otherwise, here.
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I have a post up at my journal soliciting recommendations for good science-related audiobooks, complete with examples of nonfiction science books I've enjoyed or am planning on reading in the next few months. I'm also interested in fiction with a strong science component (i.e. well researched and accurate to the best of current knowledge when published) and science podcasts.
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I wrote an essay on what it means to 'think like a scientist'. If you have a moment or two to read through it, I'd love to hear what you think, and whether it matches up to your personal conception of the scientific mindset.
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Boing_boing linked to this a few weeks ago, a science video contest sponsored by ars technica for <3min videos explaining a scientific concept for high schoolers.  The idea is to have a fun informative video of something you could show with stuff around your house.

The categories they have are
Bio: Anything's on the table, from biochemistry to evolutionary biology and ecology. Some ideas to get you started: photosynthesis, deep brain stimulation, speciation, the RNA world, defining consciousness, protein folding, PCR, and synthetic biology.

Physical: Physics underlies most of modern science, from geology to astronomy, so this category covers a lot of ground. Some examples: thermodynamics, the carbon cycle, time dilation, flood basalts, quantum tunneling, superconductivity, red shifts, the double-slit experiment, the black hole information paradox, dark matter, squeezed light, and neutron stars.

Math: Math is a powerful tool to help us understand the natural world, and has become a method of defining worlds—like those of string theory—that we may never be able to observe directly. Some math concepts that might make for good video explainers: higher dimensional geometries, imaginary numbers, exponential growth and decay, Turing machines, Godel's incompleteness theorem, P vs. NP, cellular automata, and the invention of the calculus.

I was thinking of doing one, and have a few ideas not on these lists to do with the water table, and I was wondering what sorts of ideas you would like explained, or would think would make a good science video?

 


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Folks working on theses, dissertations, papers, and the like: what software have you found especially useful?

My favorites and a question )

And if you don't care about scientific software, or just like dinosaurs:

True-Color Dinosaur Revealed: First Full-Body Rendering (Here's another article with a watercolor illustration, if you can't load the animation). Fossil color research is a super-interesting area, and the Yale folks are doing amazing work. Plus this amuses me, because I saw the AMNH's traveling dinosaur exhibit last year and went seriously?! at a small feathered dinosaur in a diorama that the artist chose to feather very similarly to a pileated woodpecker. How likely is that? I thought. Well, apparently more likely than I thought!
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What bibliography management tools do you use?

I started out with Jabref for my Bachelor thesis and did a short try with Zotero afterwards, but now I have settled in with Mendeley for my Master thesis and am quite happy with it - completely painless integration with LaTeX, it mostly manages to get all the needed info from the PDFs I download and I am loving the highlighting and notes features as I mostly read on my computer anyway (and it's fun to make notes that say "this tree really sucks, why was this published???" ;) ).

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