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?
How are drugs like antidepressants (who’s effects aren’t immediately apparent) developed?
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 space shuttle's transonic transition end so abruptly (see linked video)?
How do spacewalking astronauts get rid of body heat and CO2 they generate?
How does a catalyst affect activation energy?
Why doesn't microwave energy escape through the holes in the screen of a microwave oven?
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?
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 often do collisions in LEO happen?
Why do people start to shrink once they get past a certain age?
Do bees have spatial memory when foraging for food?
How do we know the composition of Earth's core?
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?
Why do 3 polarising filters, at certain angles, allow some light through when two are at right-angles?
What happens do humans blood brain barrier as we age?
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?
Is chemical rocket exhaust usually a plasma?
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?
Why do car wheels look like they're rolling backward when moving fast?
Does everything rotate in space? If so, why?
Why don't lakes with streams flowing into other lakes eventually completely drain into the other lake?
Do animals have a really good sense of time or is it confirmation bias by humans?
What is the difference between an imaginary friend and a hallucination? What about Tulpas?
Where do scientists come up with temporal timelines for dinosaurs?
This may be a stupid question, but what defines GMO. Is it simply changing a plant through cross pollinating (at its simplest level) such as Mendel, or does GMO mean laboratory tested and genetically altered through a laboratory?
What defines an “oil”?
Why is an Alpha particle denoted as a Helium atom?
When you pull at a slinky from the top, why does the bottom take a second to go with it?
a spider learns to build a net from other spiders or is it instinct ?
Why do molecules interact with others when they both have 8 valence electrons?
Is it more energy efficient to put cold water in a kettle, or hot water?
Do the planets in our solar system all orbit the sun on the same plane?
Which regions of the brain show diminished cell count with aging?
If Radiation is cumulative in our body, is Bluetooth (even with BLE) harmful to humans if we are constantly exposed to it with cellphones, smartwatch, etc. and also from other's electronic devices around us?
Can you feel the cold in space?
Are there any "weird" uses for heavy/transuranic elements?
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How do reflective surfaces (like a mirror) differ physically from non-reflective surfaces? What makes them reflect light?