AskScience Panel of Scientists XVIII
AskScience AMA Series: I am Jessica Pierce, a bioethicist who has recently focused my work on animals. AMA!
How do seeds know which way to grow?
How significant is the genetic difference between the Northern and the Southern White Rhino?
Why does South Africa have so many minerals?
With all the advantages Solar Sails have over Fuel, why aren’t they being utilized more?
Why do we use pillows now when we sleep? Did we need this during the prehistoric/ancient age? What changed?
Do any scientific methods exist to detect old river courses and water paths?
How does the checkbox captcha work?
Do current carrying wires also create electric fields or only magnetic fields?
Is there any way to physically discover if a person has siblings by examining their anatomy, genetics, or any other experiment?
How do compiling errors get their messages?
What determines a sapphire color?
Do animals suffer from motion sickness?
How are unknown chemicals identified?
Did the potato mutate into the sweet potato or the sweet potato mutated into the potato? Or do they come from different spices?
How did cells survive without a mitochondria?
How do people colorize old photos?
Why do so many human tribes practice such painful rituals? (E.g. tattooing, piercing, scarification, bullet ants)
How are programming languages built?
What are some of the Eastern Gray Squirrel behavior and mannerisms?
How does France get rid of nuclear waste from more than 60 nuclear power plants?
How could I determine where the darkest area on a planet, that is tidally locked to a gas giant would be?
How do migrating species determine when it is time to migrate?
What would happen if someone not suffering from mental illness were to take a schizophrenic's drugs?
Does Quantum Field Theory rely upon one particular interpretation of quantum mechanics?
How many light years across is the sun’s magnetic field?
Since humans are drilling so much oil out of the ground, are there large empty caverns underground where the oil used to be?
How energy intensive it is to generate gamma rays for sterilization?
Is radioactivity a requirement for an element to be fissile?
Where do volcanic gas clouds rise from?
Why does the "bridge ice before road"?
Durban, South Africa. Are these different colors due to the Umgeni river or the difference in temperature that affects plankton?
What happens when proton collides with an atom?
How do all the zillions of cell phones and other types of transmitters not interfere with one another?
How do birds detect magnetic fields to know which way is north and south?
Does epigenetics have implications for horticultural/agricultural seeds?
Why do each booster from the Falcon Heavy cause 3 sonic booms?
Why where the alpha particles expected to pass straight through the plum pudding model?
Did matriarchies ever exist? If so, did they extend beyond the immediate tribe? What is the consensus in the anthropological community?
Are our bones sensitive to cold just like our teeth are?
Why is icing a 'sports' injury generally the first recommended go-to treatment and how does it promote healing?