r/IAmA Dec 13 '22 Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming Silver

Science We're on the NASA team that just launched Artemis I around the Moon and brought it back to Earth. Ask us anything!

8.8k Upvotes

PROOF: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1602359606361165824

Last Sunday, NASA’s Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific, wrapping up our 25.5-day, 1.4-million-mile (2.5-million-km) Artemis I mission to the Moon and back.

Artemis I was the first integrated test of Orion, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and Exploration Ground Systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. We’ll use these deep space exploration systems on future Artemis missions to send astronauts to the Moon and create a long-term presence on the lunar surface, preparing for our next giant leap: sending the first humans to Mars.

Artemis I was an uncrewed mission to fully test and understand the rocket and spacecraft before astronauts fly to the Moon, but Commander Moonikin Campos and our other test manikins were aboard to collect flight data and measure radiation levels. Orion also carried payloads designed to help prepare for crewed long-duration missions, including biological experiments and several CubeSats that got a lift to space for their own individual missions.

As Orion entered its distant retrograde orbit around the Moon, taking it farther than any spacecraft designed to carry humans to deep space and safely return them to Earth, we captured some incredible photos and videos—and there’s a lot more info that we’ll be able to get from Orion now that it’s back on the ground.

Now that the Artemis I mission is complete, what’s next for lunar exploration? How will Artemis I build the foundation we need to secure a long-term human presence on the Moon? What do the future of Artemis missions look like?

Ask us anything! We are:

  • Sharmila Bhattacharya: NASA’s Senior Program Scientist for Space Biology, NASA Headquarters (SB)
  • John Blevins: Space Launch System Chief Engineer, Marshall Space Flight Center (JB)
  • Jim Free: NASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters (JF)
  • Sarah Noble: Artemis Lunar Science Lead, NASA Headquarters (SN)
  • Carla Rekucki: Assistant NASA Recovery Director, Exploration Ground Systems, Kennedy Space Center (CR)
  • Michelle Zahner: Mission Planning and Analysis Lead, Orion Vehicle Integration Office, Johnson Space Center (MZ)

We’ll be around to answer your questions from 2-3pm ET (1900-2000 UTC). Talk soon!

EDIT: That’s a wrap for us! Thanks to everyone for joining us today, and follow Artemis on social media for the latest mission updates. Ad astra!

r/IAmA 11d ago

Science We are Canadian scientists using new techniques to transform how we monitor and protect our freshwater lakes. Ask us anything…

338 Upvotes

We are researchers at IISD Experimental Lakes Area (or IISD-ELA to its friends), which is one of the very few places in the world where you can conduct big experiments on whole lakes long term, and where we have tracked the health of fresh water—and a changing climate—for over 50 years.

Over the last decade, we have been transforming how we monitor the health of our lakes, to make the results more accurate and easier to obtain, with less of an impact on wildlife.

This ranges from innovating new sampling techniques that avoid sacrificing animals—like scraping the mucus off a fish, then placing it back in the lake, to understand its health—to placing sensors across our lakes so we can keep track of them, in real time, from the comfort of our desks.

We have also been working hard to make our unparalleled dataset on the health of our lakes more available to researchers and the public. Oh, and we are now working on using the DNA that animals shrug off and leave behind as they make their way through the environment in order to estimate populations.

All of what we discover in these 58 lakes (and their watersheds) in a remote part of Ontario up in Canada becomes data we are excited to share with the world, which then influences the polices that governments and industries across the globe implement to protect fresh water for future generations.

We (Sonya Havens, Chris Hay, Scott Higgins, Michael Paterson and Thomas Saleh) have learned so much over the last ten years, and now we want to share what we have learned with you.

So, ask us anything*

*within reason, of course!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/IISD_ELA/status/1618311471196418048

r/IAmA 12d ago

Science I'm Dr. Monica Rother. My research focuses on fire ecology and fire history from tree rings. Ask me anything!

139 Upvotes

I am a professor and my research is focused on fire - both wildfire and prescribed fire. I use tree rings to uncover mysteries about past environments. Fire scars in tree rings reveal the years and even seasonal timing of past fires. These records of fire often go back several hundred years, long before modern record keeping. I am also interested in forest recovery after wildfire and how climate change is shaping that recovery. I am certified to conduct prescribed fire and have basic wildland firefighter training.

I love fire! <3

Proof: Here's my proof!

Edit (1:50PM ET): Wow, I had only planned to be here until 1:00PM ET but it's been so fun answering all of your great questions that I had to keep going! It is actually time to hop off of here for now, though. I might have time later to return to some questions that I missed.

Thank you to everyone that joined today, and for all your great questions about fire ecology, dendrochronology, and wildland fire! If this has sparked your curiosity, and you have more questions, visit my website, (https://sites.google.com/view/monicarother/home), the Southern Fire Exchange (https://southernfireexchange.org), or any of the Joint Fire Science Program supported nationwide Fire Science Exchange Networks (https://www.firescience.gov/JFSP_exchanges.cfm).

r/IAmA 24d ago

Science I’m an ecologist protecting 7400 acres of Amazonian rainforest and preventing wildlife trafficking. AMA!

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My name is Samantha Zwicker and I’m a tropical biologist and wildlife rehabilitation specialist, and the founder and co-director of Hoja Nueva. I have a master's degree in wildlife conservation ecology, a diploma in nonprofit management, and currently completing my doctorate in Quantitative Ecology at the University of Washington.

At Hoja Nueva, our mission is the protection and fortification of Amazonian biodiversity in Madre de Dios, Peru through conserving intact ecosystems, confronting threats to wildlife, implementing biological research, and conducting environmental education. To date, we have created a protected area of over 7400 acres of rainforest in the Madre de Dios region, which is one of the most pristine unprotected areas of Amazon rainforest that is still intact. Our protected area is stewarded privately by our organization, and serves as our base of operations for our wildlife rehabilitation, ecological research, environmental education, and community outreach initiatives. 

In the new Prime Video documentary Wildcat, you can get a glimpse of some of the critical work and conservationism we’re doing at Hoja Nueva, and join our journey of rewilding a very special orphaned baby ocelot. 

PROOF: https://i.redd.it/tri0n14adhba1.jpg

r/IAmA Nov 22 '22 Wholesome Ally

Science I am a condensed matter physicist who shows that the world around us is magic, and that you can be a wizard too. Ask me anything.

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I am Felix Flicker, a condensed matter physicist who believes this science can show us magick in the world around us, with a sprinkling of influence from Ursula K Le Guin, Philip Pullman and Douglas Adams.

The modern term for wizardry is condensed matter physics. It is the study of the world around us - the states of matter and how they emerge from the quantum realm. Thanks to its practical magic we can make lasers which cut through solid metal, trains which hover in mid-air, and crystals which light our homes. It is one of the best-kept secrets in science.

My book, The Magick of Matter will revolutionise what you know about physics and reality. Ask me anything about: • superconductors • quantum computers • crystals • particles which cannot exist outside of crystals • emergence • the four elements • why there are really an infinite number of states of matter, not four • magic, both real and forbidden • spells you can cast yourself

I am a lecturer at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. I hold a masters in Theoretical Physics from the Perimeter Institute — which I attended during Stephen Hawking's tenure — and a PhD from the University of Bristol. I am the author of The Magick of Matter.

Proof: Here's my proof!

Edit: Thank you for all the fantastic questions. I need to go and cook dinner now, then I'm off to the pub to play Mahjong. But I'll check back in a few days.

r/IAmA Nov 21 '22 Ally

Science I am Heather Hansen, OSU-trained cognitive psychology researcher and doctoral candidate studying why people react so negatively to certain sounds (Misophonia). AMA!

3.0k Upvotes

[TW: specific misophonia triggers will be discussed in this post]

Hi! I’m a graduate student at The Ohio State University. I both have and study a lesser-known condition called Misophonia.

A new consensus definition of Misophonia describes it as “a disorder of decreased tolerance to specific sounds or stimuli associated with such sounds, [which] are experienced as unpleasant or distressing and tend to evoke strong negative emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses that are not seen in most other people.” Feel like you want to scream when someone is chewing food or clicking a pen? That’s this!

I’ve published work showing the wide variety of sounds that can be bothersome in misophonia. Recently, I’ve demonstrated underlying brain differences in how certain regions are connected – challenging current views and providing a foundation for future research. You can check that out (as well as a plethora of recent research on the condition) here!

You can also find me on an NPR episode of All Sides with Ann Fisher and a soQuiet Science Session.

Ask me anything about misophonia!

Proof: Here's my proof!

Edit1: Thanks for all these questions! Taking a break before I leave for a meeting, but I'll be back to answer more later :)

Edit2: This has been super fun, thanks everyone! I think I'm off for the night, but I may or may not pop back in in the next day or two...

r/IAmA 25d ago

Science I’m a Washington Post space reporter here with a former NASA astronaut to discuss the future of space travel. Ask us anything.

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EDIT | From Christian Davenport: That's all the time we have for today. Thanks for all your great questions. And thanks to Garrett for joining us! Please do check out Two Funny Astronauts and For All Mankind. Thanks again!

From Garrett Reisman: OK I gotta go back to my day job now. :) It was a pleasure answering your questions and it's always fun to interact with you, Chris. Thanks for joining us!

As we enter a pivotal moment of space exploration, two experts will answer questions about what the future holds.

Christian Davenport covers NASA and the space industry for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and is the author of “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.” He was a consulting producer of “Space: The Private Frontier,” a two-hour documentary that aired on the Discovery and Science Channels, and a producer and co-host of “Space Launch Live,” the networks’ Emmy-award-winning live broadcast of SpaceX’s first crewed mission, which was the highest rated, non-primetime telecast in Discovery’s history.

A NASA veteran who flew on all three Space Shuttles, Garrett Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998. His first mission in 2008 was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which dropped him off for a 95-day stay aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. His second mission in 2010 was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. During these missions, Garrett performed three spacewalks, operated the Space Station Robot Arm and was a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle.  

Read The Post’s latest series on space travel: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/interactive/2023/new-space-age/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_source=twitter

PROOF: https://i.redd.it/rpfrkqlriiaa1.jpg

r/IAmA Oct 19 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Silver Helpful

Science We're Pacific NW U.S. earthquake experts ready to talk about tsunamis, earthquake early warning and more

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EDIT: We are pretty much done! Thanks everyone for the great questions. We have some folks that could check in later if we didn’t get to your question or if you discover us later today but the answers won’t be right away. Remember no matter where you are, we invite you to drop, cover and hold on at 10:20 am Thursday. Learn more at shakeout.org

Oct. 20 is the Great ShakeOut, where millions of people across the country practice earthquake safety and drop, cover and hold on under a sturdy object. Today, we have experts in Washington state and Oregon talking about ShakeOut, earthquakes and we can even touch on Pacific Northwest volcanoes. For instance, did you now it’s possible to now get a warning on your phone before an earthquake strikes? It’s called the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System.

We are a team with a variety of expertise particularly in the Pacific Northwest including: earthquakes (science/physics, monitoring, protective actions, preparedness), tsunamis (tsunami safety, hazards, modeling, preparedness, and recovery), structural engineering/building performance and emergency preparedness.

PROOF HERE. More proof here.

From Washington Emergency Management Division:

Brian Terbush

Elyssa Tappero

Mark Pierepiekarz, P.E., S.E.

Hollie Stark

Dante DiSabatino

From Pacific Northwest Seismic Network:

Bill Steele

Dr. Renate Hartog

Dr. Alex Hutko

From Washington Department of Natural Resources (Washington Geological Survey):

Corina Allen

Daniel Eungard

From Simpson Strong-Tie (Structural Products and Solutions including Earthquake Retrofits):

Emory Montague, S.E.

From Oregon Office of Emergency Management:

Althea Rizzo

r/IAmA Dec 08 '22

Science We’re Sadeka Nujhat, Hannah Leese and Sandhya Moise from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. We research ways to detect cancer as early as possible to help save lives.

1.1k Upvotes

Hi Reddit, We are Sadeka, Hannah and Sandhya.

Our research is on developing technologies to detect cancer at its early stages. Early detection significantly increases survival rate in cancer patients. For example, for ovarian cancer patients, the 5-year survival rate is below 30% when diagnosed at stage 3 or higher (stages are levels of cancer advancements). If detected early at stage 1, this survival rate increases to >90%. However, early detection of ovarian cancer is challenging due to lack of unique symptoms, especially since we do not yet have a screening device.

Our research vision is to design a screening device for the early detection of ovarian cancer. We are developing microfluidics- based devices for screening. These tiny devices have a little inlet port into which we will be able to load patient blood samples. These samples will travel through the device and if there are any cancer cell secreted molecules or vesicles, these will be detected within the device. When captured, the device gives a signal and the patient will be advised to take more sensitive tests for further investigation.

Please ask us anything about using engineering approaches for detecting cancer.

Proof: Here's my proof!

r/IAmA Oct 04 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Science We're a group of scientists working with the Food Packaging Forum to investigate how chemicals in food packaging affect human & environmental health – endocrine disrupting chemicals, micro/nanoplastics, green chemistry, and more! Ask us anything!

3.0k Upvotes

Hi, we are the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food Packaging Forum, a diverse group of researchers investigating how chemicals in consumer products affect our health, green chemistry, plastic and chemical pollution, microplastics, endocrine disruption, and so much more!

The Food Packaging Forum (FPF) is a science- based NGO investigating how food packaging, especially packaging's chemicals, affects human health. FPF is organizing this AMA to provide the unique opportunity for Redditors to ask questions of a room full of scientists dedicated to this and related subjects. Participating scientists include:

Pete Myers, Leonardo Trasande (u/leotrasande), Olwenn Martin, Maricel Maffini, Ksenia Groh, Jane Muncke (u/BetterDecision8918), Martin Wagner, Lisa Zimmermann, Birgit Geueke, and more!

You may have seen FPF's research on r/Science in May which hit the front page: >1500 chemicals detected migrating into food from food packaging (another ~1500 may also but more evidence needed) | 65% are not on the public record as used in food contact | Plastic had the most chemicals migration | Study reviews nearly 50 years of food packaging and chemical exposure research

Proof! EDIT: Better Proof!

EDIT: We are heading out. Thank you so much for hanging out with us and asking such great questions! We hope to do this again! Bye!

EDIT 2: Hi All- It has been a few hours and I see more questions are coming in. Thank you for your continued interest! It's almost 11pm in Zurich so we are all heading to bed but I (Lindsey, FPF communications person) am copying questions into a document that I will email to the scientific advisory board to try and get a few more answers! Thank you for making this event a success!

EDIT 3 (10:30am Zurich):

Many question are around what to actually do. We understand not everybody has the time/money/access/resources to avoid packaging or buy different kitchen appliances or whatever. FPF has written an article explaining under which circumstances chemical migration happens more. I have copied some of the information here but the original article has more information and sources.

Chemical migration from plastic and other types of food packaging into food is greatest:

  • Over extended time periods
  • At higher temperatures
  • With fatty and/or acidic foods
  • When packaged in smaller serving sizes

So if you have the option, store foods in inert containers (glass/steel/ceramic, or store leftovers in a bowl or pot with a lid on top), wait for foods to cool, put fatty foods in inert containers, and buy in bulk.

r/IAmA Oct 05 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Science We are four female scientists working on Africa’s Great Lakes. Ask us anything…

1.1k Upvotes

Traditionally, women tend to have been denied access to positions in many areas of scientific endeavour, including limnology (or freshwater science).

Sadly, this means their unique perspectives are missing from critical solutions to environmental problems.

But there is a bright side; just look at us!

We are four female scientists taking part in an exciting new program to encourage and champion women in freshwater science working on Africa’s Great Lakes—currently travelling and working in Canada to discover how researchers are doing things here, and to share experience and knowledge with other scientists across the pond.

We are happy to answer your burning questions on the role of women in science in Africa, tell you about our experiences and hopes for the future, and offer up any advice for any burgeoning female scientists anywhere in the world.

Go on and ask us anything. We dare you…

We are Catherine Fridolin, an M.Sc. candidate at the University of Dar es Salaam, focused on fisheries and aquaculture; Gladys Chigamba, a research scientist at Lilongwe University working on an economic valuation of river ecosystems in Malawi; Elizabeth Wanderi, working on fisheries on Lake Turkana at Kenya Fisheries Services; and Margret Sinda, with a focus on Aquaculture in Malawi.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/AGL_ACARE/status/1577674217155620865

r/IAmA Nov 01 '22

Science We’re Sandhya Moise, David Phillips and Chan Lee from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Our research aims to grow human red blood cells in the lab to help treat cancer and other diseases.

820 Upvotes

Hi Reddit, We are Sandhya, David and Chan. Our research aim is to design special vessels, known as bioreactors to grow human cells outside the body. Currently, we are trying to grow stem cells that can turn into red blood cells (RBCs).

Blood is essential for medical emergencies, treating certain types of cancer and RBC diseases. >118 million units of blood is collected annually, worldwide, however there is still a global shortage of blood for transfusions. For instance, every 2 seconds, someone in the UK needs blood, but, only 4% of the population regularly donate. Our research vision is to grow RBCs in the lab to address this shortage. We are designing what are known as fluidized bed bioreactors for growing stem cells and maturing them into RBCs. The design of these bioreactors allow efficient transport of expensive nutrients reducing the cost of growing RBC's. Eventually, after clinical trials to ensure quality and safety of the manufactured RBCs we can use them in patients. Please ask us anything about our engineering approaches for RBC manufacture.

Proof: Here's my proof!

Thank you for all the great questions, we will be heading off in the next couple of minutes but we will try and and answer as many questions as we can before that. Please do leave you feedback here https://www.menti.com/alsm1ao6jy3h/0 Thanks again!

r/IAmA Oct 01 '22

Science Hello, I’m Dr Sara Fontani from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom and I’m a primatologist. I’m here to talk about captive lemur’s welfare, reproduction and conservation. Please ask me anything!

1.9k Upvotes

Hi Reddit, I’m a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wolverhampton University, where I’m a member of the Animal Behaviour & Wildlife Conservation group, working on the Marie Curie project The Enriched Primate - EnPrim.

My project focuses on the critically endangered Gentle lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis) and aims to enhance the breeding success and welfare of captive lemurs using chemical communication to promote mating behaviours and increase reproduction in captivity. My research involves strictly non- invasive methods to obtain chemical, behavioural, endocrinological and microbiological data and it will contribute to the preservation of a species at very high risk of extinction with possible reintroduction into the natural environment.

If you are interested in talking about my research or just or just want to learn more about these wonderful animals, I will be on at 2pm (GMT 1) on Saturday 1st October, ask me anything!

Proof: Here's my proof!

Thank you for spending this time with me and for your interest in my project and these beautiful primates. I did not expect so many fascinating questions, it has been great to see so much interest! I am sorry I did not manage to answer all the questions, but I have got time constraints due to other commitments. If you want, you can contact me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @SaraFirenze. I will be happy to address to any other question. Please do not forget to leave your feedback at https://www.menti.com/alsm1ao6jy3h/0 All the very best!

r/IAmA Aug 08 '22 Wholesome Helpful

Science Hi, I am Tyler Horvath and I discovered that caves on the Moon are the most habitable places (thermally) in the solar system. Ask me anything!

2.0k Upvotes

I am Tyler Horvath, a PhD student studying Planetary Science at UCLA and I am the main researcher who discovered that caves on the Moon have some of the most habitable temperatures in the solar system. I have worked on multiple NASA missions as a satellite operator and as a scientist, but primarily I have been a part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Science Team. Other missions I have worked on in one way or another has been:

Science: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Diviner Lunar Radiometer) The Mars Perserverence Rover (RIMFAX) NASA CLPS-19 (L-CIRiS: Lunar Compact Infrared Imaging System) Moon Diver (Proposed Lunar Rover) TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)

Operations and science: Kepler Space Telescope

Operations: MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission)

I primarily study the Moon and Mars though I am familiar with many topics related to planetary science and astronomy. Ask me anything about my research or space!

EDIT: I will be periodically checking the comments but will continue to answer any questions throughout the day, I appreciate all of the cool questions people have asked so far :)

EDIT 2: I realized I had put TESS under operations and science, I have only done science with the particular mission. All of the questions have been great, keep them coming! :)

EDIT 3: Logging off for the night. I'm happy to keep answering questions tomorrow though! Thanks for all of the great space questions, hope I was able to help you learn some cool things!

EDIT 4: I think I'm going to end this AMA here, there were so many awesome questions that people asked and I had a blast. If you're reading this and still have a question, it was probably answered in a comment. If it wasnt, feel free to message me on here and I will try to get back to you with an answer!!

Have a good one, Tyler

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/5ggeD1l Research paper: https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL099710

r/IAmA Jul 14 '22 Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Silver

Science IAMA Climate Scientist who studies ideas to directly cool the planet to reduce the risks of climate change, known as solar geoengineering, and I think they might actually be used. Ask me anything.

2.7k Upvotes

Hi, I'm Pete Irvine, PhD (UCL) and I'm here to answer any questions you might have about solar geoengineering and climate change.

I've been studying solar geoengineering for over a decade and I believe that if used wisely it has the potential to greatly reduce the risks of climate change. Given the slow progress on emissions cuts and the growing impacts of climate change, I think this is an idea that might actually be developed and deployed in the coming decades.

I've published over 30 articles on solar geoengineering, including:

  • A fairly accessible overview of the science of solar geoengineering.
  • A study where we show it would reduce most climate changes in most places, worsening some climate changes in only a tiny fraction of places.
  • A comment where we argue that it could reduce overall climate risks substantially and *might* reduce overall climate risks in ALL regions.

I'm also a co-host of the Challenging Climate podcast where we interview leading climate experts and others about the climate problem. We've had sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, Pulitzer prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert, and climate scientist Prof. Gavin Schmidt.

Ask Me Anything. I'll be around today from 12:45 PM Eastern to 3 PM Eastern.

Proof: Here you go.

EDIT: Right, that was fun. Thanks for the great questions!

EDIT2: Looks like this grew a bit since I left. Here's a couple of videos for those who want to know more:

  • Here's a video where I give a ~30 minute overview of solar geoengineering
  • And, Here's a video where I debate solar geoengineering with the former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.

EDIT3: Looks like this is still growing, so I'm going to answer some more questions for the next hour or so, that's up to 13:30 Eastern 15th July. Oops, I forgot I have a doctor's appointment. Will check back later.

I've also just put together a substack where I'll put out some accessible articles on the topic.

r/IAmA Nov 01 '22

Science Hi Reddit! We are scientists at MRIGlobal here to answer your questions about recent Ebola outbreaks. Ask us anything!

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Hi Reddit!

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)%20is,person%20infected%20with%20Ebola%20virus.) is a rare and deadly virus located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

With current cases still being reported, this threat to public health requires an ongoing response.

We are MRIGlobal, a contract research organization based in Kansas City with expertise in infectious disease, supporting clients to predict, mitigate, and control viral outbreaks like Ebola.

Today, we are discussing our recent efforts partnering with industry experts to create and distribute disease response solutions like:

  • Diagnostic assays
  • Vaccines and therapeutics
  • Human clinical trials
  • Studies for virus transmission
  • Deploying mobile laboratories

MRIGlobal experts responding to your questions today:

Dr. Gene Olinger, Principal Advisor

Jay Mansheim, Program Manager

Shout out to our digital marketing agency, Lifted Logic, for encouraging & facilitating this AMA!

Proof: Here's my proof!

r/IAmA Sep 01 '22

Science I am Stan Kim, the CEO of WinSanTor, a patient owned pharma start-up. We are developing a drug that is clinically regrowing peripheral nerves! We're working on bringing it to market. Ask me anything.

110 Upvotes

Hi Everyone! Awhile back we did an AMA about some of our drug research that found a drug that could potentially reverse peripheral neuropathy.

This is an update to that AMA. I'll share a little bit about where our research is currently and our ultimate goal now: to bring a drug we have clinically proven to regrow peripheral nerves to market.

Since our last AMA we've done more clinical research with human subjects and found our drug is being tested for safety and efficacy to treat neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition where the nerves in your extremities die off. It's a condition that can affect people with diabetes, those undergoing cancer treatment or cancer survivors, HIV patients, scores of others. Neuropathy is a condition that affects hundreds of millions of people with varying causes. We believe our drug can make a substantial difference in their quality of life.

We are the first company to show regrowth of peripheral nerves in a clinical setting. This was a huge milestone for us. And our next step is to bring the drug to market. One of the issues with the pharmaceutical industry involves new companies being bought out merely to have their intellectual property shelved. We feel strongly that this drug could be life changing to millions and there's not really enough money to allow us to sleep at night if that happened.

Ask us anything about our drug, our studies, or what it takes to get a drug to market.

I'm Stan Kim, the CEO of WinSanTor and I'm here with a staff scientist to answer your questions.

Proof!


Thanks for the great questions everyone! That's all the time I have for today. I'll try and pop back in to answer more questions later if I can.

I got a few inquiries about investor opportunities and how to join our future studies. Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected].

r/IAmA Jul 14 '22 Heartwarming To The Stars Helpful (Pro) Star of Excellence Platinum Take My Energy Bravo!

Science I am Geert Kersten, the CEO of CEL-SCI Corporation. I'm here to talk about our recent presentation at ASCO 2022 regarding our investigational immunotherapy Multikine and the results from the largest ever head and neck cancer Phase 3 clinical trial. Ask Me Anything (within reason)!

563 Upvotes

In August of 2020 I joined Reddit to discuss cancer immunotherapy and the details of our head and neck cancer clinical trial for Multikine. Our mission at CEL-SCI is to improve the treatment of cancer and other diseases by utilizing the immune system; the body’s natural defense system.

In the time since my last AMA, research in cancer immunotherapy has continued to make great strides and so has CEL-SCI. Our team has recently returned from ASCO 2022 where over 40,000 oncology professionals from around the world attended the largest annual conference focused on global cancer care.

2,500 abstract presentations of cutting-edge research were presented with one of those being from our Chief Scientific Officer, Eyal Talor, Ph.D.

Today I am here to answer questions regarding our abstracts published at ASCO, the evolution of cancer immunotherapy and the ever-changing landscape of cancer treatment.

You can learn more about CEL-SCI on our website: CEL-SCI.com

Proof: Here's my proof!

EDIT: It is now 4:00 PM ET. I want to thank all of you for participating. My team and I have worked on this cancer drug for 30 years. We have given it our all and we still do so today. We believe that we have great data that could help a large number of patients, with no toxicity added. We are trying to dot every I and cross every T to bring this drug to market. We believe that the only thing that will matter to patients and their families and also to our shareholders in the end is that we were successful. We thank you for your support. I really does take a village.

Please do continue to ask questions as I plan to visit this thread in the coming days and weeks ahead.

I will sign off now. I wish you a wonderful summer.

Sincerely,

Geert Kersten

r/IAmA May 30 '22 Silver Wholesome

Science IamA marine biologist and author of the new book "Why Sharks Matter," AMA!

3.3k Upvotes

I am a marine biologist and the author of the new book "why sharks matter: a deep dive with the world's most misunderstood predator."

EDIT: Will try to answer other questions later today, but have done the one hour scheduled for this. Thanks everyone for your fun and interesting questions!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/WhySharksMatter/status/1531305697362776067?s=20&t=RSp8ZYHLofaM4Lzq5NWvyw

r/IAmA May 18 '22 Silver Helpful Heartwarming Mind Blown

Science We're volcano scientists and experts, ask us anything! Today is the 42nd anniversary of Mt. St Helens' eruption.

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EDIT: We are pretty much done for the day. Thanks everyone! We may have some of our experts drop by to check for unanswered questions as their job allows.

On this day, 42 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted. We’re volcano scientists and experts from the Cascades Volcano Observatory and Washington Emergency Management Division. We’ll be here taking turns answering your questions about Mt. St. Helens, Mount Rainier, the volcanoes of Yellowstone, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and California. Joining us at times will be:

  • Emily Johnson, volcanic rocks, education, field geology
  • Emily Montgomery-Brown, volcano deformation, monitoring
  • Liz Westby, volcano communications, Mount St. Helens
  • Mike Poland, Yellowstone, volcano deformation
  • Seth Moran, volcano seismicity, volcano early warning, monitoring
  • Wendy Stovall, volcano communications, Yellowstone
  • Wes Thelen, volcano seismicity, lahars, monitoring
  • Brian Terbush, emergency preparedness with WA EMD

Edit: (Larry Mastin, ash modelling, ash and aviation had originally planned to join us, but was unable to do it).

We’re all using one account and will be signing our first names. If your question hasn’t been answered yet, we’re waiting for the appropriate expert to arrive to answer it.

The Cascades Volcano Observatory is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, created in the wake of the Mt. St. Helens' eruption and aftermath.

Here’s proof of our AMA from our verified Twitter account. More proof from USGS.

r/IAmA Apr 26 '22 Wholesome

Science We’re Embark, the dog DNA company that’s made scientific discoveries about dogs’ blue eyes, canine deafness, and roaning (with so much more to come). AMA!

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Hi! We’re Embark Veterinary. Embark is the dog DNA testing company that helps dog owners get hundreds of actionable insights into their dog’s breed, health, and family tree. We recently made the first-ever canine health discovery using commercial testing genetic data.

Proof with bios— https://imgur.com/a/PECd8yv

Before its founding in 2015, Embark founders (and brothers) Adam and Ryan Boyko traveled around the world collecting DNA samples from village dogs to learn the history of dog domestication. Adam's lab at Cornell University also uncovered the genetic basis for many dog diseases and traits. They founded Embark to bring those insights to pet owners and to put their discovery work in overdrive. Embark has since become the most scientifically advanced and highest-rated dog DNA test on the market.

From 12-3 PM, Dr. Aaron Sams, Dr. Jenna Dockweiler, and Caleb Benson of our ancestry and veterinary teams join Ryan Boyko and Dr. Adam Boyko. We’re here to answer your burning questions about dog DNA, health, behavior, ancestry, and more—ask us anything!

UPDATE @ 2:55 EST—We're accepting questions past 3 PM—we'll get your queries answered!

UPDATE @ 4:02 PM EST—This has been incredibly fun for us - we love to share our passion with the wide world of dog lovers! Thank you so much for your questions. We'll loop back to answer as many questions as we can.

UPDATE @ 8:00 PM ET—A few of us are still online! :) If we don't get to your questions tonight, we'll do our best to answer you tomorrow.

If you'd like to stay in touch, please feel free to check out our Instagram or follow us here on Reddit. :)

r/IAmA Jun 16 '22

Science I am Jason Burford, the formulation chemist for Landrace Bioscience. I make your favorite cannabinoids water-soluble and tasty. Ask me anything!

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Hi there,

I’m Jason Burford, a chemist and formulator who works at Landrace Bioscience in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a chemist, I’ve developed protocols for separation of cannabinoids via HPLC, and when we pivoted our business, I began my work as a formulator making cannabis-infused topicals and beverages. What separates me from the competition is that I use our patented “SENDS” technology to solubilize cannabinoids without the aid of machinery, such as a microfluidizer or ultrasonic homogenizer. This allows for ease of use for me and my customer as well, since we can send our matrix to any state without regard for THC legality. One of our recent products in an immunity tincture which contains CBDA and CBGA, which have been shown in vitro to help reduce incidence of infection from SARS-CoV-2. I may not have all the answers, but ask me anything!

By the way, proof it’s me!

Sorry for the delay, everyone, had a bit of a technical hiccup. We're on as of 1:23 PM Eastern.

For those interested in how SENDS looks when used, here is a link to a video our marketing lead, James Dawson, made to demonstrate: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6942945028541407233

5:03 PM - Thanks for all the great questions. Everyone seems really hungry for information on cannabis in general, and that's fantastic! I'm going to log off for the day, but I won't lock the post. I'll be back in the morning and answer any questions that come up between now and then. Have a great evening!

r/IAmA Sep 02 '22

Science We are back from a three-week scientific expedition around the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (TA2022). The Timeless Arctic Project answers live from Longyearbyen. Ask us anything!

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We are back! One boat, 15 people, 21 days around Spitsbergen (Svalbard) in the Arctic!

Massive mountains, enormous glaciers, countless whales! All under the midnight sun (before it touched the horizon on 24 August...)

Ever seen a polar bear play with a reindeer carcass?! We have seen SIX! Bears that is. The reindeer we stopped counting...

Why? Because we are archaeologists and other folk chasing after animal bones and the stories they still tell us about whaling, hunting, and trapping in the past.

Ask Frigga about the expedition, ask Merle about her psychological investigation ask Youri about bowhead whale and beluga bones. Ask us anything!

Proof: Here's my proof!

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Science Hi! I'm Philipp Dettmer, founder and head writer of Kurzgesagt, one of the largest science channels on YouTube with over sixteen million subscribers - AMA

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It's 9:20pm CET: Wow, thank you all for your questions and for joining the AMA today. It was more than I expected and I tried to answer as much as possible and now my brain is pudding. Signing off for today. If you want to ask more stuff, maybe ask others from the team, head over to r/kurzgesagt or checkout our (independent) discord community.

Again, thank you for your watching our videos. Doing Kurzgesagt is truly a privilege and a dream job. You are making this possible. The entire team and I appreciate it more than you can imagine.

I was really bad at school and I dropped out of high school at age fifteen and generally was a pretty stupid and not interested in learning anything. While pursuing my secondary school diploma I met a remarkable teacher (thanks Frau Reddanz!) who inspired a passion for learning and understanding the world in me. (Mostly by screaming at me passionately). This changed how I looked at anything education related - school really made stuff horribly boring but with passion and a different teaching approach everything actually became super interesting.

So I went on to study history but that was boring too ( university, not the subject) and finally I switched to communication design with a focus on infographics, wanting to make difficult ideas engaging and accessible. During that time Edu Youtube became big and I ended up doing a video as bachelors thesis.

This project became one of the largest sciency channels on YouTube over the course of the following eight years. (It is still pretty funny to me as I'm the most unlikely person too that should explain people anything about anything) Today we have more than 16 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views on our main channel on YouTube and a team of 45 individuals working full time behind the scenes of the channel. We are known for the insane amount of hours we put into every video, which currently is north of 1200+ hours per video. Also we only published 150 videos in 8 years.

For the last decade, I've been working on and off on a book about the immune system, and decided to finish it during the pandemic, as it (obviously) felt like the right time. In the book, I take you on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses and discuss a few diseases and how amazing your defenses are. The book happens to be released today if you want to check it out!

Ask me anything!

Also, here's my proof

r/IAmA Apr 22 '22 Tree Hug To The Stars Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Science I’m Dr. Victoria McGruer, an environmental scientist who will lead the largest-ever trail trash survey by hiking 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. AMA!

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Hey Reddit - happy Earth Day! Four years ago while hiking in Sequoia national park we conducted our first wilderness trail trash survey. After hiking 70 miles we found 295 litter items on trail including 3 plastic bags filled with human feces. This survey opened our eyes to trash in wilderness areas. Next year (2023), I will spend five months living in the backcountry and hiking the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail to study trash on trails. This deep dive will be the largest trail trash survey ever done! We hope to use the litter data we collect to inform solutions to keep these resources clean.

Follow our trail trash survey @notracetrails on Instagram and Twitter and join our mailing list at [www.notracetrails.com]{http://www.notracetrails.com/]

The on-trail journey will be supported by an amazing off-trail team who are also here today: - Win Cowger - is a data scientist who has his Ph.D. in Environmental Science focused on trash research. He is currently a research scientist at the Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research. - Emin Israfil - is the lead developer at Rubbish, and a fellow trash and data enthusiast. He will be tech support for the journey to make sure all the litter data gets captured along the way.

  • Danielle Deltorchio - is the co-founder of Brewtrails (@Brewtrails), a Santa Cruz/Bay Area-based hiking meetup where hikers of all experience levels can come together to explore the outdoors and enjoy craft beer from local breweries. She will help the team with their social media and connection to other hikes.

PROOF: https://i.redd.it/2qntx9dk0su81.png

***EDIT - we're logging off for now - thanks for all the questions and we'll try to loop back later!