AskScience Panel of Scientists XVIII
AskScience AMA Series: IAmA restoration ecologist focused on restoring oysters to the NY Harbor in New York City. AMA!
How does sunscreen stop you from getting burnt?
Why does sunburnt skin feel hot to the touch?
How are drugs like antidepressants (who’s effects aren’t immediately apparent) developed?
What factors affect the orbit of our sun around the galaxy?
Why do images on a monitor become negtive when viewed from a certain angle?
How were the subduction zones discovered and observed?
How far in advance can we predict a major tectonic event?
Why doesn't concentration affect the rate constant?
How does a catalyst affect activation energy?
Why does the space shuttle's transonic transition end so abruptly (see linked video)?
In the last 5-10 years, there’s been tremendous efforts made by many of the first world countries to curb carbon emissions. Have we made a dent?
Why does the United States generally have a colder climate than most of Western Europe despite being at the same lattitude, and some parts even being further south?
In beta decay is the neutrino always in the subatomic particle or is it created from nuclear energy when it is released?
How do we tell a river from a tributary of a river?
Do bees have spatial memory when foraging for food?
How do spacewalking astronauts get rid of body heat and CO2 they generate?
How does the photon detector really work in Young’s experiment?
How often do collisions in LEO happen?
Are miniature Krypton and Xenon "glow bulbs" possible?
Why do people start to shrink once they get past a certain age?
Why doesn't microwave energy escape through the holes in the screen of a microwave oven?
How does the mind make up a physical feeling you've never experienced before while dreaming? For example, a virgin having a wet dream or having a foot amputated?
How do we know the composition of Earth's core?
How long do microwaves stay active once it beeps?
Suppose in an X speaking country, a child is raised by 2 parents; one speaks Y language around them, the other speaks Z language. What's the science behind this kid learning to differentiate all three languages and eventually being able to speak all 3, as opposed to if they were only exposed to 1?
Why does alcohol kill bacteria?
Why is the output power greater than the input power for a microwave?
Is chemical rocket exhaust usually a plasma?
Why do 3 polarising filters, at certain angles, allow some light through when two are at right-angles?
Why don't lakes with streams flowing into other lakes eventually completely drain into the other lake?
Why do car wheels look like they're rolling backward when moving fast?
How do plants react to opiates? If I were to, say, use fentanyl as fertilizer, would the plant die? And what about other popular types of drugs, such as coke?
When can you consoder a organism dead?
Does hydraulic fracturing contribute to increased seismic activity(earthquakes) and how likely is it for the mix of chemicals+water ,that are used to displace the shale, to contaminate wells and body’s of water?
Does everything rotate in space? If so, why?
Do animals have a really good sense of time or is it confirmation bias by humans?
Are there animals whose evolutionary lineage we are unsure of?
Why does peak expiratory flow reach its peak around 30-35?
What is the difference between an imaginary friend and a hallucination? What about Tulpas?
Where do scientists come up with temporal timelines for dinosaurs?