[nope, for those wondering, I still can’t answer ask box questions]
From the top down:
- izzyfig: I wish!…well, no, actually I’m not sure I really wish that. PhDs are a LOT of work. My mom has a PhD in microeconomics, and she didn’t finish that until I was almost 8 years old. She didn’t have me until after she got her masters degree, and didn’t take a break or anything, either. Long story short, no, I definitely do not have a PhD. I’m not even 25 yet! I’m hoping to eventually go back to school for a masters in some aspect of biotechnology or microbiology. Probably not a PhD, though.
- knowun: I’m not sure. Consistently-oceanic parts of tectonic plates are not conducive to fossil formation, and any fossils on the seafloor would have to be in areas that were once dry for a long enough period to have deeply-buried specimens, and I’m not really sure how much of our ocean meets anything close to that ideal condition. If you’re less picky and include lakes and inland seas, then the case is a LOT. Almost every lake or inland sea was once dry land. Any large non-glacial and non-volcanic lake almost certainly has *some* fossil specimens deep under its floor.
- johnlaughingalonewithyaoi: Done. Sort of. I’ll definitely return to the subject in the future.
- shroom-diabolique: Sure. Don’t eat them much, though. Plain crisps make my tongue swell up and hurt for some reason. I’m not sure why flavored ones don’t.
- desirescasualty: AOL Kids Only. 1994. I was so cool.
- inexplicablespaceship: Unfortunately, I haven’t been to a ton of museums, especially lately. I love the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and have learned tons every time I’ve been there. The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are pretty boss, too. I’m particular to the Science and Industry and Field Museums over the Shedd Aquarium, if only because of the much lower entrance fees and the fact that I learn a lot more there, but they’re all fun. From what I’ve heard from friends, the best aquarium to really *learn* at is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Tennessee, and the best science museum (in the US) for the above-schoolchild age crowd is split between the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the one in Oregon. Mind you, this is just my friends, not the general public, but there are great museums all over the world…you don’t need to be at the “best of the best” to learn new things and find great exhibits you would have never expected!
- paintedgraves: I’ll be honest, my attention has been largely diverted to personal matters, politics, and work lately. I don’t really remember what the last thing I got so interested in that I stayed up all night reading about it, which is a bit sad…I used to do that all the time. I’ve been very interested in the science of emotions (especially the neurology of those who seek horror and the like), but that’s not exactly breaking news. The only recent science story that’s grabbed my attention for a significant period has been the new study published on color perception (decent breakdown of the study), and how it differs from person-to-person.
- carathebug: [second part answered previously] no, I don’t have a big collection of biomed stuff, myself. I’m always a bit extremely broke, thanks to not having a “real” job yet, and wanting to pay back my loans quickly. Either way, I’d be more inclined to collect natural history ephemera (I love love love well-presented specimens and gardens in glass baubles/cases/containers), and old adverts/postcards regarding medicine, than biomed items themselves. :D
- marisalorea: I’m not sure how much I really want to make a point of putting this out there now that my parents know of this blog, but my personal blog is ofpaperandponies.tumblr.com. Short version: Mid-20s female, generally stressed out but complacent with it, non-religious, semi-political, in a fairly long-term (does 7 years count as long-term?) with a guy whose ambition is to teach seventh-grade (12-13 year old kids) social studies (aka an insane person). Two cats. Pretty weird, myself, sometimes very sarcastic. I love animals, craft a lot when I have actual free time, and am pretty solidly into games (both video and tabletop).
- lokithefulltiltgodofdiva: I can’t go into “fake diseases” or “fake cures” of the modern age without going into a seething rage due to the idiocy >_> But! 1870-1906 is what I see as the “golden age” of Quackery and Bullshit. We were just discovering electricity, radiation, and tons of chemicals. And naturally people exploited the fact that we didn’t *really* understand these new discoveries by saying it cured everything. And I have some posts on it already, but just like medieval medicine, I’ll definitely return to it again soon.