Very surprised = OMG
Little bit surprised = omg
Barely surprised = oμg
Not surprised at all = 0mg

Does any other species have some sensory equipment that humans don't?

so 2 days left before my short session class begins and I wanted to ask a question: if you use a laptop/mac or a tablet/ipad, what are your favorite note-taking apps? I've been using OneNote and while I love it for the organization, exporting it is a MESS sometimes. hell, even printing notes can be a hassle sometimes.

The key to getting in shape faster is joining a gym you can't exit.

@vidyasagar in literature I think it’s “That’s open to interpretation.”

What are the technical terms, in your field, for 'dunno'?
In astronomy there's 'unmodelled second order effects'
In medicine there's 'idoeopathic'
In archeology/anthropology there's 'ritual purposes'
How do you professionally term 'we haven't got a clue'?

One taught me love;
Onr taught me patience;
One taught me pain

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@JamieEllison have you read the diary of a space zucchini from NASA? It’s a short read but very worth it from both an entertainment and science pov !

Fun fact:

English has three sets of words that communicate "this place" : "that place" : "what place". Each meaning can be paired with one of three prepositions ("in", "to", and "from") to form a specialized locative word:

"in" - here : there : where
"to" - hither : thither : whither
"from" - hence : thence : whence

So "here" means "in this place"; "thither" means "to that place"; "whence" means "from what place"; etc.

Hello, I am interested in linguistics, electromagnetics, propulsion and ancient religions. Degrees in law, history, and philosophy. Science Fiction & Fantasy author, freelance lawyer and history teacher. Looking to make some connections and flesh out my RSS reader with interesting sources of articles on the above subjects.

Especially interested in good novels and articles about , from both a hard science and a wild-speculation or historic perspective.

Can anybody offer any for novels (or academic papers, or articles...) that do interesting things with or alien plant life? Particularly with regards to changes in how photosynthesis might utilize different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum for energy.

question for everyone: what's the most frightening thing you've ever found on arXiv? bonus points: what's the most frightening thing you've seen actually make it into a journal?

@velartrill

> what's the most frightening thing you've seen actually make it into a journal?

A blog post of mine, without my knowledge or consent; and with another person's name on it

and yes, science is a "creative profession"; don't let anybody tell you otherwise! problem-solving requires creativity, and scientists sure do a lot of problem-solving.

in behavioral science specifically, we're always developing new ideas of how unseen constructs govern our daily lives, as well as new ways to test those constructs. creativity is essential for that.

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Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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