Research HELP!

HELP Please: Hi everyone! I'm an Industrial Design student at the Rhode Island School of Design and am working on a project investigating DIY/Hacker culture. I'm truly inspired and fascinated with all the people posting on sites like Instructables and would love to learn a little more about the community/culture. Please please please take a few quick minutes to help me answer some survey questions! It's anonymous and I would love any input I can get! Find it here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3RHH2M9 Thank you very much!! :) - Tina P.S. Let me know below if you'd be willing to help me with further questions down the line!

Topic by tinashoe 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Research HELP!

Hi everyone! I'm an Industrial Design student at the Rhode Island School of Design and am working on a project investigating DIY/Hacker culture. I'm truly inspired and fascinated with all the people posting on sites like Instructables and would love to learn a little more about the community/culture. Please please please take a few quick minutes to help me answer some survey questions! It's anonymous and I would love any input I can get! Find it here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3RHH2M9 Thank you very much!! :) - Tina P.S. Let me know below if you'd be willing to help me with further questions down the line!

Topic by tinashoe 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Finally, it has come. Time for us to make our own investigatory projects. And it has been bothering me even in my dreams..T_T. Guys, I really nid some help wid this 2pic. I really nid a feasible project and of course, an instructable to do it. I wud lyk to hear ol ur opinions, be it about electronics, robotics, biodiesel, ethanol production, anything. i juz nid a project. and our science congress is less dan 2 months from now. so that is my time frame for now. any project that can be accomplished within or shorter than 2 months will really be of great help. Thank you, guys! I am already sweating now. Our adviser is asking us to pass a methodology! waaah!!

Topic by brainwash 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Sociology Research Assignment

I'm doing a research project for my High School sociology class and need to interview a couple of adults, I was hoping to find some more interesting people than my parents and teachers lol. I'm looking for people around their 30's and up, but feel free to post if you want to share anyways. All the questions are directed toward what you did when you were a teenager (however far off that may seem ;-) Birth year: 1. What slang terms were common/popular when you were a teenager? 2. What did you do for fun? 3.What were you concerned about globally? 4.What was the Dumbest thing you did when you were a teenager? 5.What did you want to be when you grew up? (did you even want to grow up at all) What did you become? 6.What was your Relationship with elders and your general view of elders? 7. What was your Favorite thing to do with your friends? 8. What was the biggest thing that was considered normal/accepted then but is now not considered normal/accepted now? 9. What types of cliques/social groups were there? (jocks, preps, band nerds ect.) 10. What was your first car?

Topic by TheCheese9921 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


OPEN DESIGN RESEARCH

ANSWER: opendesign@gmx.de Dear Sir or Madam, dear creative worker, dear developer and designer In consideration of growing interest in open development processes and their spreading, we are trying to get to the bottom of the »open design« phenomenon. In the course of our investigations we are very much interested in your opinion. The survey consists of a few questions related to hierarchy in open projects. At the end of our observation there will be a theoretical study, which all participants may receive a digital copy of, if so desired. (Just note that the final work will be written in German) First we would like you to answer eight questions according to a given scale. You are free to add a short comment to each answer. Finally there are two questions, which allow for a more detailed answer. 1. Does "Open Design" have a future? (No) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Yes) Comment: 2. Is there a danger of losing individuality due to the openness of a project? (No) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Yes) Comment: 3. Does the loss of individuality imply a decrease in quality? (No) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Yes) Comment: 4. Which hierarchic structures exist in your project? In which relation are the numbers of initiators and participants? (Initiators) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Participants) Comment: 5. Who has the power to decide which changes to implement? (Initiators) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Participants) Comment: 6. Open processes may result in a vast variety of designs. What kind of rules & restrictions are set that may influence individual freedom in order to maintain a high level of quality? What is your ideal conception? (Many restrictions) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Much freedom) Comment: 7. How much expertise is needed to participate in an "open design"- project? (Expert) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Amateur) Comment: 8. Are there moments when it depresses you that open design projects cannot easily be closed again? What kind of moments are this and why do you still stick to open projects? (No) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Yes) Comment: 9. How are complex assignments broken down to many individual tasks and how are these tasks distributed among the participants? Where are the limits of each competency? Comment: 10. To what extent do you understand yourself as the actual developer of a product, that you are working on together? Which kind of copyright protection is used? Comment: In case you would like to dig deeper in this topic, we also offer a more comprehensive questionnaire. Many thanks and kind Regards, Manuel Milde und Sebastian Piatza (Faculty of Design - University of Applied Sciences Dresden)

Topic by boscij 8 years ago


Prophecies for Future Research

800 years from now, archeologists will conduct research on landfills and compare international findings concerning the wealth of an ancient culture based on the amount on disposable diapers found. Share your own.  

Topic by AngryRedhead 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Senior Research Project

Hello Everybody! I'm doing a research project about 3D printing and the effect it has on the way we make things. I've created a quick survey to get some general information about the maker perspective on the technology, and it would be awesome if I could get some responses. This is especially for those who use 3D printing regularly. Thanks in advance!  - basementhacker

Topic by basementhacker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


An Exploratory Research Mechanism

Designed and Built by Emile Cole Range of Motion Video (profile).... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_vF3...layer_embedded Range of Motion Video (front).... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v;=E7CEwnOFnCk   Hello all.... I've been working on this (hobby status) on and off over the last fifteen years or so.... a mechanism that immediately begins to rotate in either direction with an imbalancing displacement of as little as one degree. With repeated periodic displacements of as little as five to seven degrees its rate of rotation rapidly approaches about a 100 to a 150 rotations per minute over the course of just eight to ten repetitions, all while overcoming only negligible frictional resistance from the main axel (equipped with bearings). It may have some applications for extracting rotational motion more efficiently from wind and wave and maybe a couple of other things too.... or it may just be a work of art.

Topic by EmileCole 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Help sought for Internet-research

This week I had cause to look-up The Lumberjack Song on YouTube. I found that it only took "lum" - just 3 characters - to get a link to exactly what I wanted (out of the entire content on the site). I wasn't that surprised, but 3 is few. (You can get ZZ-Top with one "z") Would some people please try thinking of something and seeing how many characters it takes? *I don't mean popping one letter in and picking something, I'm after a measure of how well the internet serves us-up what we want.

Topic by lemonie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Makerspace Skillsets Survey for Improved Educational Use of Makerspaces

PhD student Brian O'Connell at Tufts University is doing research on Makerspaces as interactive learning environments. As part of that research, they have created a survey that will help gather data on how people currently assess some of the skillsets common to makerspaces as well as get an idea of how they wish they could do so. Due to your experience with some of the skillsets common to makerspaces (soldering, 3D printing, woodworking, microcontrollers, electronics, etc), we would like you to participate in this survey. It should take less than 25 minutes to complete, less if you only participate in some of the categories. Please pass this onto anyone you know who has experience with these skillsets. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iRGVNoChCR9uaFVQcdQ1AlHrO9DCqwmpEph-oNzunQI/viewform If you have any questions, please contact Brian O’Connell - brian.o_connell@tufts.edu

Topic by boconn7782 4 years ago


hack our research project!

Are you an IKEA hacker? Do you chop up or modify things that you buy off the shelf at IKEA or Home Depot? Two Berkeley PhD students in the midst of a research project on creativity would love to talk to you. We will conduct interviews by instant message or email within the next two weeks. We are especially interested in people who live in or nearby Chicago, Illinois, Portland, Oregon, or the San Francisco Bay Area--if possible, we would love to meet with you in person at IKEA! To help us with our research, please email Jonathan at jbean@berkeley.edu. I will get back to you right away. Please forward this message on to anyone you know who might help with our research. Thanks! Jonathan

Topic by bean research 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Academic Research on the DiY Community

Hi Everybody:My name is Ben Shultz and I'm a PhD student in Geography at the University of Tennessee (check out my department's page here: http://web.utk.edu/~utkgeog/grads_home.htm). Just wanted to post here one more time to ask you to participate in my short survey for research I'm conducting on DiY communities. It takes less than ten minutes, is completely anonymous, and is for academic research only. Many of you already have participated and really appreciate it! If you haven't yet, below is a little blurb about my study. Link to survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/131093/a9nnwThanks for your time and happy Mother's Day!Overview:In academics we have traditionally viewed innovation and creativity from the perspective of a large corporation. But we have overlooked the incredibly innovative and creative ideas that come out of the DiY community.With its substantial web presence and an ethos based on sharing and repurposing knowledge, the DiY movement changes how and where innovations come about. Rather than protecting innovations or charging for access, the DiY community freely reveals designs from start to finish on the Internet. The non-hierarchical, open manner in which creative media are produced in this setting democratizes the innovation process and opens creative pursuits to a geographically distributed public.As part of my research, I'm conducting a simple web-based survey to get an idea of where makers are (I'm in geography after all!), how they share knowledge, and what influences their creative endeavors.With my dissertation, I plan to reciprocate the DiY ethos and keep my research as open as possible. I am keeping a blog of all my research progress, including write-ups and aggregated results, and inviting anyone interested to use the information. You can check out my blog, DiY Dissertation (http://diydissertation.blogspot.com). I hope to offer you back useful and interesting information on both the research process and the DiY community.

Topic by bshultz1981 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Academic Research on the DiY Community

Hello! My name is Ben Shultz (bshultz@utk.edu) and I'm a PhD student in Geography at the University of Tennessee. I'm conducting a survey to further our understanding of innovation and creativity in DiY projects. I'm particularly interested in creative inspirations, motivations, and level of participation in DiY projects. Many scholars research innovation and creativity, but overlook the incredible richness and quality of innovation/creativity in DiY communities. I'd like to conduct one of very few academic examinations of the DiY ethos and community.I'd like to invite you to participate in my project by taking a 10-minute survey on the web. The results of this survey are for university research only, and are completely unaffiliated with marketing or other for-profit institutions. All responses are anonymous. Link to survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/131093/a9nnwYou can follow the progress of this research at my blog (diydissertation.blogspot.com) where I will post write-ups and aggregated results. You may freely share any of the information posted there. Feel free to contact me at bshultz@utk.edu if you have any questions.Thank you so much for helping me gather data for my dissertation. I hope to offer you back useful and interesting information on DiY communities once I'm finished.Ben ShultzUniversity of TennesseeDepartment of GeographyLink to survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/131093/a9nnw(Note: Eric Wilhelm has approved this post!)

Topic by bshultz1981 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Making sum research on robotics ? Answered

Hey i need sum details on my research  i'm not big rich person i'm just a middle class person from a small town  but i'm making some research in robotics. i just need 2 clear sum doubts here.. 1)is it possible to make a jet engine much smaller than a back pack size?? 2)is it possible to make a system work as per our mind reaction like by voice activating?? 3)is there any metal that stands against the military tanker bullet??

Question by vjeeva 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Rat Brain + Robot = Research

Researchers have created a robot, controlled by a rat brain, to help study memory and look into the causes behind some debilitating diseases. The blob of nerves forming the brain of the robot was taken from the neural cortex in a rat foetus and then treated to dissolve the connections between individual neurons.Sensory input from the sonar on the robot is piped to the blob of cells to help them form new connections that will aid the machine as it navigates around its pen.The study has big implications, say the researchers.The brain cells have been taught how to control the robot's movements so it can steer round obstacles and the next step, say its creators, is to get it to recognise its surroundings.Once the robot can do this the researchers plan to disrupt the memories in a bid to recreate the gradual loss of mental faculties seen in diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.Interesting stuff from the BBC.Side note: When you watch the video, notice the volume bar. But these go to eleven!

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


MIT Electronic Research Society

Hey!If you're around on Friday Nights, come to MITERS!We have build parties every Friday from 7:30 on, at N52-115.We're a bunch of students with a penchant for inventionWho run this complete machine shop, EE lab, and creative haven, with lots of space for large projects.Everything goes, from motorcycles to electronic clothing, with a good helping of logic, lasers, microcontrollers and motors.Instructables itself came out of MITERS!Here's our instructables group.Here's our website.Here's our location.

Topic by stasterisk 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Researching Craft/DIY bloggers

Are you a blogger? We want to hear from you about craft/diy blogging. As a grad student at the University of New Hampshire, I'm conducting a quick, 10-minute survey to find out more about the craft blogosphere. To help the world learn how awesome the craft community is, please take the survey at: http://craftbookproject.com/?page_id=2 We will share the data at the end of the study. If you take the survey by July 31st, you'll be entered to win a $100 Michaels gift card as a little thank-you. Thank you for your time! Alicia de los Reyes aqi8@wildcats.unh.edu alicia@craftbookproject.com

Topic by alicia_cbp 7 years ago


Tips for Aging Happily and Research

I am doing a mini research experiment for my psychology class involving interviewing 60+ year olds  who have aged well and are Exuberant in their old age. However being 18 I don't regularly keep in contact with many 60 year olds. I was wondering if any 60+ year olds (or anyone with wisdom regarding aging happily) would be willing to answer some short questions. If anyone is interested in helping me out these are the questions 1.How well are you enjoying your career/retirement? 2. How would you describe your last vacation? 3. What personal relationships have been important to you since you turned 50?  Describe the most important one. 4. Ask persons about their marriage relative to "the Four Horsemen".  Find out strategies used for successful marraiges. 5. Of the adaptive defensive mechanisms (aka Mature defense mechanisms), which do you believe you display on a regular basis. Also if anyone has any general wisdom on tips for remaining happy in their advanced age or how to stay happily married I would enjoy to hear it. (I'll write them down and store them away for 30 years from now!)

Topic by TheCheese9921 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Help needed with research on material use in 3D printing

Hi, I'm doing a research which involves material use during 3D printing. I would like to ask you if you could complete a survey for this. It will take about 3 minutes. Your help is greatly appreciated! This is the link: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8crrrpLKExiPw9f Feel free to PM me for more info.

Topic by Laarn 5 years ago


Makers Market Research Group Paying up to $300

Hi, My name is Kyle and I am the Market Research Coordinator at watchLAB, a nationwide market research company. I am reaching out to you because we are conducting a PAID study for people who considers themselves a "maker", which is someone who creates or manipulates physical objects with digital components. Our client is a major tech manufacturer and wants feedback and insight from Makers to help shape new products and services for the Maker community. The study consists of an online board from December 1st to the 4th that takes 3 hours to complete, and compensation would be $250. Our client will then choose a select group of people who completed the online board to be in either a follow-up telephone interview or an in-home interview. The telephone interviews will be taking place December 7-11, take one hour long, and pay $150. The in-home interviews will be taking place December 14-18, take 3 hours long, and pay $300.   If you or anyone at your company is interested in participating, please have them email me at Kyle.Scheffler@watchLAB.com. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you might have! Thank you! Best, Kyle Kyle Scheffler |  Market Research Coordinator email:  Kyle.Scheffler@watchLAB.com watchLAB

Topic by KyleS55 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Biological hackerspace in NYC

Yay! There's finally a hackerspace dedicated to biotech research...in New York City. I'm kind of sad I can't drop by to visit any time soon, but I hope (fingers crossed) I can get the ever so popular caitlinsdad to go and report on it. There's even a promising $12 usb microscope (with 170x magnification) project going on! (Photo: Dave Mosher of Wired.com)

Topic by The Ideanator 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what would be stronger to use a air compressor or and air tank?

Im doing some random research on air muscles....say i wanna make about 640 air muscles and wanna power them at the same time (not actually gunna do that) what would be stronger a air compressor or air tank? and how much psi would be needed to inflate all of them at the same time?

Question by Newbie216 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated Free feel to contact me tom_pringle@icloud.com Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117 3 years ago


Getting an international internship, any ideas?

Hello all, Well the story goes something like this, i studied a two year advanced course of industrial maintenance in mexico, and currently i'm doing my bachelors in aeronautics industrial production in France, the thing is as part of my studies here i have to do an internship either in a company or some school/university lab, since i consider myself a maker by heart, i'm looking for the second option. Can anyone help me out on this? I've already sent some emails out, but every other idea is highly appreciated. Thanks!

Question by joreknight 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


America is getting less creative every generation. This is why we need Instructables!

According to a recent Newsweek article, measures of Creativity Quotient have been trending downward for about two decades. "Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test—a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist—has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling."

Topic by yoyology 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Applied Photovoltaics Research Proposal Topics

Hello Everyone Hope that you all  are fine. Could any recommend any proposal topics (that are promising and require research) in the field of Applied Photovoltaics, as I need to submit a proposal in order to compete for funding offered by a major funding body in this field. I would be really thankful to you for that. Kind Regards

Question by raishikoh 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Researching DIY Projects, Cultures and Communities

Sorry for the double post, but there are only a few days left before we close the survey, so I thought I'd post it to a different forum.We are researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, conducting a brief 10 min survey to further our understanding of DIY projects and communities. In the name of science (and for fun) please complete the survey located at the website below:http://tinyurl.com/DIYCommunitiesWe hope to share the collected data at the end of the study. We thank you for your time and effort.Stacey Kuznetsovstace@cs.cmu.eduEric Paulospaulos@cs.cmu.edu

Topic by staceyk 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


PhD design research study on Furbys - Please participate!

Are you interested in electronic companions such as Hasbro's Furby? Do you like storytelling? If so, I would like to extend an invitation to take part in my research study. The Stories Tell Objects Project aims to understand the role that storytelling plays in people’s interactions with electronic companions - such as Hasbro’s Electronic Furby - and the relationships we form with them. Participation in this study involves responding to scenarios depicting Furbys, and/or completing two brief questionnaires. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in participating in this study, please visit: http://www.storiestellobjects.net/ Thanks! Catherine Caudwell caudwecath@myvuw.ac.nz PhD Candidate School of Design Victoria University Wellington 6011 New Zealand

Topic by catherine233 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Help with graduate research project about teaching young makers

Hi everyone, my name is Andrew. I’m a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and I teach at our local science museum. I need your help for my graduate research project! I am getting people from the DIY/craft/art/maker/hacker communities to fill out a short (5 minute) survey about their habits surrounding creative projects. The results will help teachers, like me, who want to do hands-on projects with their students. Plus, filling out a survey enters you into a draw for a $150 Amazon gift card! Here’s a link: https://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/makingmakers/diycommunityresearchsurvey/ This research was inspired by my work at the museum running an after-school program where high school students work on their own creative projects. Once all the data is collected I will be happy to share the results. Thank you for your help! Andrew

Topic by amilne 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


The Future of Invisibility

It is reported that a team of researches at the University of California, Berkeley claim to be on the doorstep of invisibility. Using a special type of metamaterial they are bending electromagnetic waves and negatively refracting visible light. Their ultimate goal is to render entire objects invisible to the naked eye. After reading this, I conducted some invisibility experiments of my own. Based on my initial experiments with invisibility cloaking, I must concede that we are not quite there yet, but are getting close (see image).For more information, read the full news report

Topic by randofo 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


"Open source" marketing research, anyone?

                                  Calling any and all market research buffs!   "I need help finding my target market, but I can't afford to pay the giants in the business who have many many years of experience and probably have an agenda."   I'm sure that has been said, and heard, many times, and now its my turn. I had a thought recently about how I could find a market for a product I'm working on. Since I intend to release it openly, I want most of the side stuff the project spits out along the way to be open as well.   My idea centers around a collaborative and "smart" marketing research system. Of course there would be problems inherent to the system (trolls and SPAM, for instance) that could be remedied in a similar fashion to Wikipedia or Kickstarter. Now that I've put this idea out there, who wants to make it happen?

Topic by The Ideanator 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


i want support for my research?

I am a student doing my 10th standard in india  . i won various awards in my research in agriculture and  horticulture field. now i am doing research in terrace farming . this research is about low cost farming using 4rs .  and main aim of this research is  REDUCE :IT REDUCES LAND POLLUTION. REUSE: BIODEGRADABLE WASTES ARE REUSED BY COMPOST RECYCLE:RECYCLING THE PLASTIC BAGS REPAIR:REPAIRING THE SOIL FERTILITY WE IMPLEMENT A NEW METHOD IN THIS PROJECT THAT IS GROWING CROPS UPON THE HOUSE .i.e ON TERRACE. and it has various economical benifit.

Question by prettypradee 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What is a good student research experiment?

What is a good experiment i can perform for a school assignment, it can be on anything except plants, it also needs to be fairly cheap

Question by lordhazzard 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Looking for Makers to do Research Interview

Hello! I'm doing research on people who make things (artists, hackers, crafters, etc.). I'm a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon and an intern this summer at Yahoo Research. I'm talking to people about one of their projects where they tried to make something new, something they hadn't tried before. The interview is about how the project got started, where they found helpful information, interesting things that happened, how they felt about it at the end, etc. The goal of this research is to understand the role of online resources in the process of making. Would you be interested in participating? The interview is about an hour or so. If you're in the bay area, we can meet in a convenient place for a casual conversation about your work and experiences. If you're not in the area or that's not convenient, we can chat on the phone or over IM. We have gift certificates to thank participants for their time. Contact me via instructables or email me at goodatmakingstuff@yahoo.com with any questions at all.

Topic by cTor 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Researching DIY Projects, Cultures and Communities

We want to hear from you about Do It Yourself projects, cultures, and communities. Let your opinion matter! As researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, we are conducting a brief 10 min survey to further our understanding of DIY projects and communities. In the name of science (and for fun) please complete the survey located at the website below:http://tinyurl.com/DIYCommunitiesWe hope to share the collected data at the end of the study. We thank you for your time and effort.Stacey Kuznetsovstace@cs.cmu.eduEric Paulospaulos@cs.cmu.edu

Topic by staceyk 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


mice brains...science research HELP!!!

I am really interested in science research and I want to come up with a research project, but I'm having a hard time putting something together. I want to include aspects like... - PCR (polymerase chain reaction) - RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) - ICC (immunocytochemistry) - e-gel/ gel electrophoresis I know I will be working with mice brains whose vagus nerves have been surgically cut or whose leptin intake has been significantly increased. (By the way, the leptin and vagus nerve are totally different experiments) In this case the vagus nerve serves as a connection from the brain to the stomach. Therefore if it has been cut, mice would show a reduction in food anticipation. The leptin, I believe is a hormone that deals with energy regulation (food intake). Mice with leptin intake grow obese because lack of leptin usually tells the body to stop eating so when the mice with too much leptin are introduced to food, they cannot stop eating. In either case, mice brains would be sacrificed for experimentation. (All experiments are done in a research facility) I'm not sure how to incorporate these procedural methods to the mice brains. My objective is to somehow determine the mechanisms within the nervous system, which can hopefully aid in developing methods to ameliorate neurological problems. I am open to any other methods or protocols.

Topic by c4thy 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Pulser pump research from Loughborough University

The pulser pump is the world's simplest water powered device. But the way it pumps water is pretty much unknown to the general public and research is lacking. Here is a paper from an engineering student in a university about it. (It is attached as a pdf file to this post).   Hopefully it fleshes out some of the science.  Regardless of who "invented" it,  it has been my "baby" for over 2 decades so it is nice to see it get some attention!     I was also told that the experiments may continue next year.  (With a different student)   Please check out the attached pdf,  I think mini pulser pumps can power "pallet gardens" but I do not have a stream here to try one.  (Going 3 ft deep under the water exit level is enough so really easy).   Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


The Dark Side of Crafting?

I was recently sent this update from UC Berkeley and Indiana University, and thought I would pass it along.  I have never had a brush with the "Dark Side" of crafting they describe here.  Have you? Do you sew clothes, print posters, or shop for craft supplies only to realize your craft has negative effects, e.g., on the consumer or society at-large, morally, socially, and/or legally? Do you see a “dark side” to craft? If so, UC Berkeley and Indiana University researchers conducting a research project on handcraft and computing would love to talk to you. We will conduct interviews by instant message, email, phone, or in person within the next few months. To help us with our research, please email Daniela at daniela@ischool.berkeley.edu, Jeff at jbardzel@indiana.edu, or Shaowen at selu@indiana.edu.   image blatantly stolen from pirateluv which just has so many other cool things on it too.

Topic by scoochmaroo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to earn money online by making research based innovative projects which are based on Artificial Intelligence ?

I am interested in doing research in the field of Artificial Intelligence & make innovative projects based on research . So i use to study relevant research papers based on AI and try to enhance the performance by using some other techniques. I have made projects & published research papers in many international journals and conferences like IEEE(for Drone's path planning, Stock Market forecasting, Chatbot). I have already implemented plenty of innovative ideas(like path planning techniques for Drones(Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Chatbot(AI based), Share market forecasting(using AI), etc. I want to make money by making research based projects, write research papers and thesis(if it belongs to academia) and sell it to client online. How can i make money by making research based projects online? I am also learning PHP for developing a website.

Question by saditya.gautam 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


2008 IgNobel Prizes announced!

The IgNobel Prizes are awarded annually for research which "cannot, or should not, be reproduced"; achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". The prizes are meant in good humour, and many winner pay their own way to attend the ceremonies. Past winners have been known to return to ceremonies in later years to show off their achievements to a receptive audience (this year it was a sword-swallowing doctor).The Japanese team that showed slime moulds can solve mazes sang their acceptance speech.The Winners:NUTRITION PRIZE.Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is. They also showed that playing the sound of bacon frying can make ice-cream taste bacony.PEACE PRIZE.The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) and the citizens of Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE.Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, for measuring how the course of history, or at least the contents of an archaeological dig site, can be scrambled by the actions of a live armadillo.BIOLOGY PRIZE.Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert, and Michel Franc of Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse, France for discovering that the fleas that live on a dog can jump higher than the fleas that live on a cat.MEDICINE PRIZE.Dan Ariely of Duke University, USA, for demonstrating that high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine.COGNITIVE SCIENCE PRIZE.Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Agota Toth of the University of Szeged, Hungary, for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.ECONOMICS PRIZE.Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan of the University of New Mexico, USA, for discovering that a professional lap dancer's ovulatory cycle affects her tip earnings.PHYSICS PRIZE.Dorian Raymer of the Ocean Observatories Initiative at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, and Douglas Smith of the University of California, San Diego, USA, for proving mathematically that heaps of string or hair or almost anything else will inevitably tangle themselves up in knots. Their paper has one of the best genuine research titles I have seen for a long time: Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String.JOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Sharee A. Umpierre of the University of Puerto Rico, Joseph A. Hill of The Fertility Centers of New England (USA), Deborah J. Anderson of Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (USA), for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicideJOINT CHEMISTRY PRIZE.Chuang-Ye Hong of Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang (all of Taiwan) for discovering that Coca-Cola is not an effective spermicide.LITERATURE PRIZE.David Sims of Cass Business School. London, UK, for his lovingly written study "You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations."Journal of Improbable ResearchThe site will be hosting video of the ceremony in the next few days.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Thank you all Product Hackers who have helped me out :)

I am writing a paper about design hackers, and I need as many people as possible to answer these questions below. Please cope paste the questions before you write down the answers, thank you so much for the help in advance!!! 1. Since when is product hacking a hobby for you and why did you start? 2. What kind of products do you hack, is there a practical preference based on your interest/need for certain modifications? 3. Why do you do it, why not just buy the things you need without having to modify anything? 4. Why do you think the (design)product hacking community has become so lively the past decade? 5. How do you think (design)product hacking is received by product designers? 6. Is (design) product hacking in your eyes a hype or will it evolve and create even bigger communities and become more influential to the design market (If so, try to explain its expected influence)?

Topic by kirstentb 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


The Memristor - they've found it!

This came out quite a few days ago, but I haven't seen it until today.HP's Henry Williams and his group have accidentally stumbled upon the fourth fundamental element in electronics - the memory resistor, or memristor. Basically, it's a resistor that changes its resistance with elapsed current flow, or total amount of charge that has passed through it, and retains its resistance even after current ceases to flow through it. From the article:"The classic analogy for a resistor is a pipe through which water (electricity) runs. The width of the pipe is analogous to the resistance of the flow of current—the narrower the pipe, the greater the resistance. Normal resistors have an unchanging pipe size. A memristor, on the other hand, changes with the amount of water that gets pushed through. If you push water through the pipe in one direction, the pipe gets larger (less resistive). If you push the water in the other direction, the pipe gets smaller (more resistive). And the memristor remembers. When the water flow is turned off, the pipe size does not change.Such a mechanism could technically be replicated using transistors and capacitors, but, Williams says, “it takes a lot of transistors and capacitors to do the job of a single memristor.”The memristor's memory has consequences: the reason computers have to be rebooted every time they are turned on is that their logic circuits are incapable of holding their bits after the power is shut off. But because a memristor can remember voltages, a memristor-driven computer would arguably never need a reboot. “You could leave all your Word files and spreadsheets open, turn off your computer, and go get a cup of coffee or go on vacation for two weeks,” says Williams. “When you come back, you turn on your computer and everything is instantly on the screen exactly the way you left it. "Apparently, evidence of memristors has been around for quite a while, but it was only until now, during the age of nano-technological exploration, that we finally have labeled the "strange voltages" we've found in experimental circuits as a result of memristor behavior. The discovery was made while doping Titanium dioxide with some dopant that the article fails to cover. Anyhow, the resistance of TiO2 changes with the amount of dopant covering it. Since the dopant does not adhere perfectly to the TiO2 substrate, the flow of charges (electrons) can move the dopant, and cause it to cover more or less of the substrate, thus changing its resistance. "Williams found an ideal memristor in titanium dioxide—the stuff of white paint and sunscreen. Like silicon, titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a semiconductor, and in its pure state it is highly resistive. However, it can be doped with other elements to make it very conductive. In TiO2, the dopants don't stay stationary in a high electric field; they tend to drift in the direction of the current. Such mobility is poison to a transistor, but it turns out that's exactly what makes a memristor work. Putting a bias voltage across a thin film of TiO2 semiconductor that has dopants only on one side causes them to move into the pure TiO2 on the other side and thus lowers the resistance. Running current in the other direction will then push the dopants back into place, increasing the TiO2's resistance.HP Labs is now working out how to manufacture memristors from TiO2 and other materials and figuring out the physics behind them. They also have a circuit group working out how to integrate memristors and silicon circuits on the same chip. The HP group has a hybrid silicon CMOS memristor chip “sitting on a chip tester in our lab right now,” says Williams."I think this is pretty awesome, considering the current breakthroughs in nanotechnology and downsizing of transistors, memristors would enable a whole new field to be born, and circuit theory may have to be re-designed.Like Leon Chua said, the man who first came up with the idea of a memristor, "now all the EE textbooks need to be changed."These next few years in the field of EE should be very interesting =)Image from Spectrum Online

Topic by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Looking for a research area or project on laser cutting .

Hi guys Interested in doing a project or research on laser but wanna gain sound knowledge of lasers and laser machining especially cutting beforehand. Please suggest books(journals), articles, websites etc. on laser cutting for this poor manufacturing undergrad.? Ideas will automatically crop up in my mind. Thanks.

Question by ygsh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


iBotnet: Researchers find signs of zombie Macs

Malware hunters at Symantec have discovered a direct link between a malicious file embedded in pirated copies of Apple's iWork 09 software and what appears to be the first Mac OS X botnet launching denial-of-service attacks.Link: for the REST of the story,....

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Research on DIY: Looking for Volunteers in- and around Amsterdam

Hi all, My name is Tal Amram, graduate student of Industrial Design at the Delft University of Engineering. For my graduation assignment I’m setting up a study about the potential benefits of ‘connected objects’ in an Internet of Things for creative processes of the Maker community. More specifically, I am aiming my study at ‘Home Improvement’, interpreted also as the making of furniture, lighting, home decoration or domotics.  For this study I am looking for volunteers in Amsterdam (or its proximity) to execute a small Home Improvement design assignment (for your own home) that takes a week, on which you will spend about 20-30 minutes per day. You eligible if you have experience with making things to improve your home environment and have worked with 3D-printers before. You will be provided by me with a package that contains a logbook with short assignments and some materials to use for simple prototypes or inspiration. This week starts on Monday, November 23rd and ends on Monday November 30th with a session in the Waag FabLab from 19:00 - 20:30. During this session, I will host a group discussion with all six participants during which we will share our experiences and discuss our separate processes. I will reserve the 3D-printer for (- and preceding) this session so as to make it possible to materialise your design. I would love to hear if you, or perhaps anyone you know, would be interested in participating in this study! Please contact me via my e-mail address as provided below. Feel free to contact me also in case you have any questions or remarks about this study or my project in general. t.amram@tudelft.nl Best Regards, Tal Amram

Topic by talamram 3 years ago


Computer Programmer Needed For Interview

I am doing a project in school where I have to interview a computer programmer. The idea is to for me to learn how a practitioner in the field of computer programming works. Expect to be asked questions about computer languages, and a description of your job among other things. I will be posting this message across the forums in the Science ,Tech, Wanted, Jobs & Internships, Authors, and Services sections. No payment will be given to the interviewee. To contact me please post the official tittle of your job and proof such as a picture of your workplace in the comments. If you have a degree related to computer programming please include what it is in your comment. I prefer to converse in a Skype interview or by email. Thank You!

Topic by 1440955 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Strange Canine Behavior? Answered

My dog (you can see her here and on my profile) is exhibiting strange behavior. She is a little under two years old, and she is a pointer mix. We also think that she has a little bit of boxer or pitbull. Whenever she eats her food, she will walk into the kitchen to get a mouthfull, then she wil walk across the house and chew it up and swallow. She will either do this with some mouthfulls or nearly all of them. Is this normal behavior? Shes not a normal dog when it comes to how she behaves (shes been on my roof twice,) but I have never seen another dog do this before. Please help.  thanks, freeza36

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Computer Programmer Needed For Interview

I am doing a project in school where I have to interview a computer programmer. The idea is to for me to learn how a practitioner in the field of computer programming works. Expect to be asked questions about computer languages, and a description of your job among other things. I will be posting this message across the forums in the Science ,Tech, Wanted, Jobs & Internships, Authors, and Services sections. No payment will be given to the interviewee. To contact me please post the official tittle of your job and proof such as a picture of your workplace in the comments. If you have a degree related to computer programming please include what it is in your comment. I prefer to converse in a Skype interview or by email. Thank You!

Topic by 1440955 4 years ago


Intro to MITERS

Here's a nice introductory video for MITERS, the MIT club that Eric, Tim Anderson, and the Squid Labs team used as their clubhouse/home base for building awesome things while at MIT.  Looks like people are still learning new things, and making good use of the tools and shop space.

Topic by canida 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago