AskScience Panel of Scientists XVIII
AskScience AMA Series: I'm Dr. Ellen Currano and I am the (sometimes bearded) face of women in paleontology. AMA!
What causes moles to appear on our skin?
Is groundwater (i.e. the depth to the water table) affected by the gravitational pull of the moon like tides?
In space with no gravity, which way do plant roots grow?
Do all electrons form Cooper pairs in superconductors?
What is the timeline/path for new medical treatments from first reports to human trials?
Do we have greater precipitation due to the ice caps melting?
If the universe is expanding, what is it taking the place of?
In quantul mechanics, when and why do we say that the wave functions are of given parity ? (application in the atom of hydrogen)
How do plants that thrive in direct sunlight not get burned or damaged by the UV radiation?
Can ubiquitin be degraded via the proteasome?
How did learning to play music as a child impact my writing?
How does Uranium Lead dating of crystals work?
Why are left-handed people often excluded from psychological and neurological research studies?
When leeches and bats suck blood does that blood goes directly on their bloodstream or on their digestive system?
How is information wirelessly transferred from one place to another?
Is it possible (theoretically) to cause nuclear fusion through a purely kinetic method, or in layman's terms smash two objects together really hard to fuse them?
Where there any deserts on Pangaea?
What makes some materials like cat fur or velvet feel soft?
Given the violent reaction with normal matter, what do scientists do with antimatter when they are through with it (plus another antimatter question in the comments)?
What chemical processes give bread its crunchy crust?
Is it possible for stem cell biologists to create egg cells from male DNA?
What is the minimum amount of curve/deflection a person can visually perceive without the aid of depth perception or a straight edge?
Can you deduce thermal properties of metals from their mechanical properties, or does their internal structure not allow for this?
Why do sharks have eyes on the sides of their head?
Are legume seeds within the same pod genetically identical?
What determines which way graphite layers will face during crystallization?
Why are orofacial clefts more common in developing countries?
How were atoms/molecules observed before the quantum microscope and spectroscopy?
So if Lightbulbs are based on heating metal so that it gets excited and emits photons. Is the type of metal the difference between the type of photons? ex. xray vs regular light, or is it something like tungeston can emit any photon depending on weird stuff like heat and vaccum levels?
Why do "cold" and "wet" textures feel so similar?
Why do most medicinal pills have "-HCl" added to the end?
How do seeds know which way to grow?
Why do electron holes move 2x slower than electrons?
How do we know what the full milky way looks like?
What effectively renders a volcano inactive?
Do animals forget about their offspring over time?
Why couldn't the WMAP satellite see any earlier than 380k years after the big bang?
Plants know which way to grow because of gravity , so what happens if we plant one in space ?
What exactly is the Anti-Ro52 Antibody, and what is its impact on autoimmune diseases such as Dermatomyositis?
How much complexity can nuclear pasta phases in neutron stars support? Could one potentially have strong-force-based life in a neutron star?