r/IAmA 8d ago 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 Apr 22 '22 Take My Energy Tree Hug To The Stars Gold Helpful Wholesome

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!

r/IAmA Mar 24 '22 Helpful

Science Hi, we are polar scientists and it's International Polar Week! Ask us anything!

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Hi Reddit! 

We are early-career polar scientists in a variety of research areas with experience conducting fieldwork in the polar regions. We are also members of the United States Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS). It's International Polar Week, so ask us your burning questions about science at the poles! We will answer questions about our research, what it’s like to work in the polar regions, and how to get involved in polar research. If you have questions outside of our specific research areas, we will do our best to follow up with an answer for you.

We will answer questions for 2 hours starting at 4:30PM EST on Thursday, March 24.

The researchers participating are:

Erika Schreiber (she/her) PhD specialty in atmosphere and sea ice dynamics in the Arctic, now working on GPS and geodetic imaging in all icy places. SciSchreibs on twitter

Dr. Lavanya Ashokkumar (she/her), remote sensing and modeling of glaciers, sea-level rates. glacier_lavanya on twitter http://lashokkumar.info

Olga Lauter (she/her), PhD candidate in Anthropology (Urban Anthropology in Alaska), https://www.olga-lauter.org/

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/yyxokFs

https://usapecs.wixsite.com/usapecs/board

https://twitter.com/US_APECS/status/1507061344700289034

Edit: Thank you for participating! We are done taking questions but may come back to a few and add more context over the next 24 hours! If you want to learn more about us or get in touch check out our Twitter feed!

r/IAmA Feb 25 '22 Wholesome Gold Platinum

Science We're a group of female scientists and engineers who released our first podcast episode one year ago today. As us anything!

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Technically Speaking | a science and engineering discussion is our podcast. It's:

A unique blend of humour, fact and personal stories that is entertaining and enlightening. We might have diverse backgrounds and expertise but we‘re united by our curiosity about the world and, as trained scientists and engineers, we end up applying critical thinking skills to just about anything which leads to some oddball conversations. Our conversations uncover nuances that are sometimes overlooked, and touch on how economics, politics and society shape science and engineering as well as how these technical disciplines shape our lives. We also share personal experiences and references to pop culture to help explain our viewpoints, and these things usually become conversation starters! Sometimes we‘re funny, often we‘re opinionated, always we‘re entertaining.

Here's our proof on twitter

Our team is diverse and ever changing. There are currently 12 people in our team. Answering questions today are:

  • Laura - A freelance science writer. PhD Computational Chemistry; MSc Process Analytics; BSc Earth Science with Astronomy. Laura has also worked in the nuclear industry and done research in radiation science.
  • Antonia - A sustainability analyst in the energy sector with a degree in Chemical Engineering (for the first 2 hours).
  • Emma - Studying a degree in Physics, codes in her free time and works on a robotic arm that will play chess.
  • Ghinwa - Chemist and Chemical Engineer.

Ask us anything about:

  • how we learned to podcast
  • being a woman in a male dominated field
  • our episodes about zero waste, thermodynamics, learning to code, battery technology, nuclear energy, and more....
  • random things about science and engineering

Edit: We're going to sign off now but Emma will check for posts occasionally over the weekend. Thanks for joining us and asking questions, its been fun!

r/IAmA Apr 25 '22

Science Hi, Reddit. We're members of the R&D team at Wisdom Panel and we’re here to talk about how advances in pet DNA testing can help you provide the best possible care for your dogs and cats. Ask us anything!

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After 20+ years of research and genotyping more than 3 million dogs and cats, we’ve developed DNA tests that give pet parents the knowledge to make smarter choices at every stage of life for their pet.

We’ve dedicated years to building the world’s largest reference database for both dogs and cats, supporting detection of 350+ and 70+ breeds, respectively. Last year, we released a new dog breed detection system, and based on rigorous and controlled tests using thousands of purebred samples, it's over 98% accurate—the most accurate available on the market.

Our dog DNA tests screen for genetic conditions with up to 210 heath tests and reveal the “why” behind your dog’s physical features with over 35 trait tests. Our newest product, Complete for Cats, screens for genetic risks in cats with over 45 health tests, identifies feline blood type and has over 25 trait tests.

We’ve recently launched Relatives, our newest feature for dogs, supported by the largest pet genetic network ever to be assembled. Find your dog’s family—Relatives reveals genetic relationships for more than 99.9% of pet parents’dogs.

We're excited to share the science behind our tests and answer any questions that you may have about them and what they mean for modern pet care. So, ask away!

-- Becca, Jason, Casey, and Ryan (members of the Wisdom Panel R&D and Product teams, bios below)

About us: Becca Foran, head of R&D at Wisdom Panel Bio: After earning my PhD in genomics from Oxford University, I spent a decade building products that helped women make informed health choices based on their genetics and clinical metrics. Now at Wisdom Panel, I lead a team of data scientists, veterinarians and geneticists building the world's most accurate pet DNA tests. Ask me about: Lessons coming from human DNA to pet DNA.

Jason Huff, senior scientist of computational biology at Wisdom Panel. Bio: After earning a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, I studied genomics as a postdoctoral fellow and later ran a computational core facility at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Wisdom Panel in 2020, I worked at Ancestry as a staff scientist in bioinformatics. Ask me about: Applying the latest genomic science to improve pet lives.

Casey Knox, manager of veterinary genetics at Wisdom Panel. Bio: After receiving my doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree from Oregon State University, I practiced in both small animal and mixed animal hospitals until joining Wisdom Panel in 2013. These days, I contribute to research and collect data from pet parents through sample curation and community science. I take special interest in the human-animal bond, how dogs and cats contribute to cultures around the world, immune and endocrine disease, and behavior. Ask me about: Dog and cat breeds and how pet parents can help in genetic research.

Ryan Miglavs, senior product designer at Wisdom Panel. Bio: I designed my first app at age 9, but mostly focused on a liberal arts education and ended up dropping out of college to become a professional magician. A wild and winding road brought me back to designing and coding, and a love of pets and science brought me to Wisdom Panel in 2019, where I’ve had the pleasure to learn about dog and cat genetics from the smartest and nicest scientists and vets in the world. I work hard to share their science with you in a smart, easy-to-use, award-winning product that helps you learn about your furry family and discover their relatives. Ask me about: How design turns science into useful products for pet parents

Will be answering questions until 2 pm PT so get them in!!!

Proof: Here's my proof!

r/IAmA Dec 17 '21 Helpful Wholesome Wholesome (Pro) Silver Gold

Science I am a scientist who studies canine cognition and the human-animal bond. Ask me anything!

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I'm Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona. I am a comparative psychologist interested in canine intelligence and how cognition evolves. I study how dogs think, communicate and form bonds with humans. I also study assistance dogs, and what it takes for a dog to thrive in these important roles. You may have seen me in season 2, episode 1 of "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" on Disney , where I talked to Jeff about how dogs communicate with humans and what makes their relationship so special.

Proof: Here's my proof!

Update: Thanks for all the fun questions! Sorry I couldn't get to everything, but so happy to hear from so many dog lovers. I hope you all get some quality time with your pups over the holidays. I'll come back and chat more another time. Thanks!!

r/IAmA Dec 11 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Science I have a PhD in nuclear engineering my career is in R&D, including a new radiation detector designed to be low cost and better than a Geiger counter. Ask me anything about that project, radiation detection general, related topics like nuclear energy, or whatever is on your mind.

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I have a PhD in nuclear engineering and a decade of radiation detector R&D experience. Ask me anything about radiation detection or any related topic, like nuclear energy, X-ray imaging, or anything else you can think of and I'll do my best to answer.

I'll answer as many questions as I can today and tomorrow, starting now.

You can read more about my most recent project here, there's also a little bit of general information there:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bettergeiger/better-geiger-radiation-detector?ref=537ahm

Here there is also some more general information (see "Understanding Radiation"):

https://www.bettergeiger.com/

The requested proof that it's really me is here (you can also see me on the kickstarter page):

https://imgur.com/a/EEOtDOz

I did some AMAs a few months ago while it was still being developed and the feedback I got was extremely valuable to the process. A few things have evolved since then - at the time there was no energy-compensation in the dose calculation, but as time went on I learned that this was a really necessary feature, so I added it on. The screen is also bigger with a far richer range of display options. Some other smaller things changed as well but the basic idea is the same.

EDIT: I almost forgot, follow me on Twitter! :) https://twitter.com/BetterGeiger

r/IAmA Nov 02 '21 Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Pot o' Coins Platinum Heartwarming Duck Dance Meow Meow Narwhal Salute Wearing is Caring Big Brain Time Heart Eyes Gold All-Seeing Upvote LOVE! Party Train Plucky Cat Paw Silver Coin Gift Glow Up Vote Local!

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 21 '22 Helpful

Science Our laboratory specializes in epigenetic testing & research focused on Aging. We are TruDiagnostic - Ask us anything!

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EDIT: Alright, it's 7:30 pm - feel free to keep posting questions, but we might not get to it till tomorrow.

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[PROOF]

Our lab's primary focus is DNA Methylation. We are involved in a host of clinical trials, and currently partner with academic research institutions to further develop the fields of epigenetics and longevity-focused personalized medicine. We also offer epigentic age testing to the public, and through healthcare practitioners across the world.

We've got most of our team gathered today, including our Lab Director Dr. Tavis Mendez, and our head of bioinformatics, Dr. Varun Dwaraka.

If you have questions about aging, longevity or epigenetics, how methylation-based algorithms to detect aging are created, or what we do behind-the-scenes in an epigenetics testing lab: feel free to ask!

r/IAmA Nov 17 '21 Helpful Wholesome Silver Gold

Science We’re NASA experts who are getting ready to change the course of an asteroid. Ask us anything about NASA’s DART test mission!

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Can we change the motion of an asteroid? Our Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will be the first to try!

Set to lift off at 1:20 a.m. EST (06:20 UTC) on Wednesday, Nov. 24, NASA’s DART spacecraft will fly through space for about a year before crashing into its target: Dimorphos, a 530-foot (160-meter)-wide “moonlet” orbiting around the larger asteroid Didymos. Dimorphos is not a threat to Earth and will not be moved significantly by DART’s impact, but the data that we collect will help us prepare for any potential planetary defense missions in the future.

How will we be able to tell if DART worked? Are there any asteroids that could be a threat to Earth in the near future? How are NASA and our partners working together on planetary defense—and what exactly is “planetary defense”, anyway?

We’d love to answer your questions about these topics and more! Join us at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 UTC) on Wednesday, Nov. 17, to ask our experts anything about the DART mission, near-Earth asteroids or NASA’s planetary defense projects.

Participants include:

  • Lance Benner, lead for NASA’s asteroid radar research program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Marina Brozovic, asteroid scientist at JPL
  • Terik Daly, DART deputy instrument scientist for the DRACO camera at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
  • Zach Fletcher, DART systems engineer for DRACO and SMART Nav at APL
  • Lisa Wu, DART mechanical engineer at APL
  • Lindley Johnson, NASA's Planetary Defense Officer and program executive of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA Headquarters

PROOF: https://twitter.com/AsteroidWatch/status/1460748059705499649

UPDATE: That's a wrap! Thanks for all of your questions. You can follow the latest updates on our DART mission at nasa.gov/dart, and don't forget to tune in next week to watch DART lift off at nasa.gov/live!

r/IAmA Aug 11 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz Bravo Grande! Take My Power

Science I am a cannabis scientist, ask me anything THC, CBD, or any other cannabis related questions, AMA

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Hi Reddit, Gair Laucius, Chief Science Officer from High Purity Natural Products here, I am here to answer your questions about cannabis, CBD, THC, or any other cannabinoids you want to ask about.

This AMA is closed! Thanks everyone for the great questions, I'm sorry I couldn't answer them all - If you'd like to know more about my company, please visit https://highpuritynaturalproducts.com/about-us/

My experience:

I am an experienced cannabis researcher with expertise in ethanol and super-critical CO2 extraction, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, and high performance liquid chromatography analytics.

I have also conducted research on Cannabis sativa with specific focus on proteins related to cannabinoid biosynthesis pathways. Extensive research experience with DNA and RNA extraction with downstream PCR and qPCR. Highly experienced in terpene and cannabinoid extraction and profiling using HPLC and GCMS.

If it has anything to do with weed, AMA!

Proof: https://twitter.com/HighPurityNP/status/1425475523858341889

Edit: 12:15PM Will be taking a short break for lunch, will return for some more questions shortly. Keep them coming!

Edit2: 1:00PM Wrapping up for now, hope to answer a few more questions later this evening. Thank you to all who asked questions!

r/IAmA Nov 24 '21 Helpful Wholesome

Science I’m Aled Roberts, a scientist at the University of Manchester, and I developed a way to potentially make ‘concrete’ on Mars using astronaut blood and urine. AMA!

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Hi everyone, Aled Roberts here. I’m here to answer any of your questions about this project.

Summary:

Sending materials to Mars is really expensive, so future human colonists on the Red Planet will need to make use of any resources they can obtain on the planet itself. This concept is known as in situ resource utilization (ISRU) and typically focusses on using Martian dust and rock (also known as regolith), water deposits and atmospheric gasses. Of course, humans will also be present on any crewed mission to Mars, so it makes sense (in my mind) to consider them as a potential source of natural resources too.

In this study, we found that a common protein from human blood plasma (called human serum albumin, or HSA) could act as a surprisingly strong binder (or glue) for Lunar and Martian regolith, forming a strong concrete-like material – which we’ve termed AstroCrete (astronaut-concrete).

Furthermore, we found that a common chemical obtainable from urine (urea) could increase the strength of the materials by up to 300% in some instances.

Project background:

We were trying to develop a bio-based adhesive made from synthetic spider silk, when we accidentally found that a protein from cow blood (called Bovine Serum Albumin) stuck glass together really well. Since it could stick glass, we figured it would also stick sand together – since glass and sand are made out of the same stuff (silicon dioxide). A quick test confirmed this. We then figured it should also be able to stick moon and Mars dust together too – since these are also mainly silicon dioxide.

But then we thought, we can’t realistically take cows to the moon/Mars – but HUMANS will be there on any crewed mission anyway – so could we use the equivalent human blood protein instead?

What we did it:

The process is quite simple. Essentially you can buy the protein from a supplier, dissolve it in water (optionally adding urea, also obtained from a supplier) then infuse it with simulated moon/Mars dust (again obtained from a supplier) in a disposable syringe – then heat it to 65 Celsius overnight. By the morning, the materials are dry and hard.

Next steps:

I have a few mad ideas that I’d like to explore next, including:

· Materials made from human skin. Seriously, humans shed a lot of skin, and on a trip to Mars this will accumulate in the air filtration systems. I’d like to see if anything useful could be done with it.

· A material I call “Sement”. I won’t elaborate.

· Using plant-based proteins instead of human-derived proteins. Not as exciting, but more realistic.

Read the paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590006421000442

More info in the Supplementary Information: https://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/1-s2.0-S2590006421000442-mmc1.pdf

Watch a YouTube video about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbyebWZf7JI

Some other FAQs:

· You can take the protein from blood plasma and put the blood cells back in the body, so it’s less strenuous than giving blood

· Humans are constantly producing and breaking down this protein, and generate it at a rate of about 12 – 15 g per day

· The WHO says healthy adults can give two 1.2 litre donations of plasma per week, the concentration of the protein in blood plasma is about 40 – 45 g per litre

· Urea is a colorless, odorless and harmless substance. Humans produce about 30 g of urea per day in their pee, it's also present in sweat and tears

· The astronauts will need to eat and drink more to make up for the lost calories and protein, but we don't see this as a huge issue since food will probably be produced in surplus anyway (redundancy in case of a disaster such as crop failure)

· Plants could largely fix the lost elements (H, C, N, O etc.) into food for the astronauts, from resources available on Mars (water, CO2, N2 etc.)

· The extracted protein could be stored and have other applications, such as in healthcare (for example, restoration of blood volume or as a surgical adhesive) or as an emergency food

Edit: Forgot the proof, here it is

Edit 2: Sorry for leaving people hanging for a while, I didn't realize how to close the post down properly (I did it as a comment rather than editing the main post)

Closing edit:

Thanks for the questions everyone, I had some really engaging discussions but my brain is now fried so I’m going to sign off for the evening. I hope to pop back later to answer a few more though. Hope you found this interesting and hopefully I’ll be back in the future to answer questions about my next mad ideas.

A convoluted offshoot of this technology has been my start-up, DeakinBio, which uses plant-based proteins and other Earth-based substances to make inorganic-biopolymer hybrid materials (or bio-hybrids). I'm trying to make relatively green alternatives to cement and ceramic materials, with a particular focus on making materials from captured carbon (in the form of carbonate minerals).

If you’d like a sample of AstroCrete (or any other material I've developed with my start-up) I’m selling a limited batch of 20 (of each) through my shop. All proceeds go towards further research and development.

I'm currently self-funded (and working from my basement, mad-scientist style) so any support would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,

Aled

r/IAmA Oct 08 '21 Silver Hugz

Science I am John Horgan, a science writer obsessed with quantum mechanics, the mind-body problem and the mystery of who we are. AMA.

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Both as a science writer and a human being, I’m obsessed with the mystery at the heart of things, the mind-body problem. In a narrow, technical sense, the mind-problem asks how brains make minds, but it really poses a deeper question: What are we? Are we matter? Genes and neurons? Computer programs? Souls? All my books, from The End of Science to Pay Attention, grapple with the mind-body problem. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been studying quantum mechanics, which is related to the mind-body problem. I've written a bunch of columns for Scientific American on quantum mechanics over the last 16 months, and I'm writing a book about it now. I'd love to talk to Redditers about the mind-body problem, quantum mechanics and related topics. I’d also be happy to talk about why I’m an optimist, at least on good days. Here are relevant links: My AMA proof: https://twitter.com/progressntwrk/status/1446490818995494945 Mind-Body Problems, free online book: https://www.mindbodyproblems.com Mind-Body Problems, talk show: https://meaningoflife.tv/programs/current/mind-body-problems Recent Scientific American column: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-god-quantum-mechanics-and-consciousness-have-in-common/ Twitter handle: @Horganism Profile on the Progress Network: https://theprogressnetwork.org/network/john-horgan/

r/IAmA Oct 27 '21 Silver Wholesome

Science I am Will Marshall, CEO of Planet, and I’m here to talk to you about going to space to build a data company using the world’s largest fleet of Earth observation satellites. Ask Me Anything!

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Hi Reddit, I’m Will, a former NASA scientist with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford and currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet (see video below). Planet operates 200 satellites that collect images of the entire Earth’s landmass every day (for the first time in history!) -- to help us take care of our planet.

I believe we are entering a space renaissance that will change how we see and measure our environment and understand our planet. Planet’s data is being used today in various ways that show just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) for what will be possible tomorrow.

In short, I am excited to talk about building little spaceships to help us to take care of our favourite spaceship, the Earth :) As a space geek, I love the space community, and am looking forward to discussing everything from physics and satellites to ecosystems to aliens:)

Visit me on Twitter @Will4Planet & @planet.

Proof: https://twitter.com/Will4Planet/status/1448318262660374529

Check out this video to learn more about Planet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDftStOPevM

r/IAmA Sep 22 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Science We're a group of microbiome researchers here to answer your questions on the gut microbiome and digestive health (IBD, IBS, and more). Ask us anything!

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Hi! Luca, Ryszard, and Dr. Ryan Martin are back to answer all your microbiome and gut health questions. About two years ago we decided there was a need to improve the way digestive health conditions are diagnosed, monitored, and treated. We're a group of patients, doctors, and researchers dedicated to the goal of helping people trust their guts again.

We're here to share knowledge on the gut microbiome, artificial intelligence for medicine, bioinformatics, Phyla (our startup), and more.

Our last AMA was more popular than we could have ever imagined with over 600 questions during our last AMA. So we're back to answer anything we might have missed :) Time for round 3....ask us anything!

Phyla social media: Instagram LinkedIn Twitter

Feel free to send me a message on Twitter or check Phyla's website for more!

PROOF

EDIT: Thanks for all your amazing questions! We want this to be as informative as we can, so if there are any topics you think we missed and would like to see in the future, send us a message on twitter! We had a great time :)

r/IAmA Nov 12 '21

Science I'm Patryk Laskowski, Hardware Design Manager for Kepler Communications. I work in the space industry and design and build satellites and am bringing the internet to space. AMA

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My name is Patryk Laskowski and I'm the Hardware Design Manager at Kepler. I support a team of high-caliber electrical engineers tasked with the design of Kepler's satellites. My role entails everything from architecture to process development to mentoring to budgets. I graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Electrical Engineering degree and have spent most of my time since designing hardware including SSDs at Intel.

Kepler Communications is based in Toronto and was born out of the Creative Destruction Lab at University of Toronto. We have 15 satellites in orbit which are providing a point-to-point bulk data transfer and IoT service. Our mission is to lay the foundation for the next steps of humanity in space by bringing real-time, persistent internet access to objects in orbit and beyond (satellites, space stations, telescopes, etc.) and we just announced yesterday that we will be building part of the next generation of moon rovers with MDA.

A bit more about Kepler: https://kepler.space/about-us/

Proof: Here's my proof!

Additional: Proof!

** I'm closing up shop for the day. Had a fantastic time chatting with everyone. Some really great questions! All the best and have a great weekend!

-Patryk

r/IAmA Sep 19 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz Ally Starstruck

Science I am a planetary scientist and computational physicist specializing in giant planet atmospheres. I currently teach undergraduate physics. Ask me anything!

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I am Dr. Jess Vriesema, a planetary scientist and computational physicist. I have a B.S. degree in Physics (2009), a M.Sc. in Physics (2011), a M.Sc. in Planetary Science (2015) and most recently, a Ph.D. in Planetary Science (2020).

Space exploration is awesome! So are physics and computer science! So is teaching! One of my greatest passions is bringing these things together to share the joys of these things with the public. I currently teach introductory physics at a university (all views are my own), and I am very fortunate to be able to do just that with my students.

Planetary science is a lot like astronomy. Whereas astronomers usually look at things like stars (birth, life, death), black holes, galaxies, and the fate of the universe, planetary scientists tend to focus more on planets in our solar system, exoplanets, moons, and small solar system objects like asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects, and so on.

I'm about to go to bed now, but am eager to answer your questions about planetary science, physics, or using computers to do science tomorrow morning (roughly 10 AM CDT)! I always find that I learn something when people ask me questions, so I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings!

This IAmA post was inspired by this comment. (Thanks for the suggestion, u/SilkyBush!)

Proof: See the last paragraph on the front page of my website: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~vriesema/.

EDIT: I'm working on answering some of the questions. I tend to be long-winded. I'll try to get to all, but I may need to get back to many. Thank you for your curiosity and interest — and also for your patience!

EDIT 2: I've been at this for two hours and need to switch gears! I promise I'll come back here later. (I don't have the discipline not to!) But for now, I gotta get going to make some food and grade some papers. Thank you all so much for participating! I'm excited to come back soon!

r/IAmA Nov 26 '21 Gold

Science We are an artist and some scientists making art with quantum computing. Ask us anything!

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We are doing this AMA from an exhibition of the art of Roman Lipski in Berlin. Roman is known for using AI as a muse for his art, helping him to transition from being a classical painter to a modern artist. More recently he has been looking into using quantum computing as another inspirational tool.

Here a blog about the exhibition and some tweets with pictures from it: tweet 1, tweet 2.

Specifically, Roman has been using the Quantum Blur method developed at IBM Quantum. This was created as a first step towards using quantum computers for tasks in procedural generation. It was original conceived of by researcher and serial-AMAer Dr James Wootton. Since then, it’s been made into something properly usable by software developer Marcel Pfaffhauser.

We at IBM are still working developing new tools for procedural generation. One current direction is looking at quantum natural language processing with intern Amin Karamlou.

Roman, James, Marcel and Amin will all be answering questions about art and/or quantum computers from nowish until they stop.

Edit: Answers are now slow as the exhibition has kicked off again.

Edit 2: I'll take a look at new questions in the morning. But otherwise, that's about it. Thanks for the questions!

Proof:

r/IAmA Dec 09 '21 Gold Wholesome

Science Making cannabis boring again: The chemistry of cannabis and cannabinoids, from extraction to vaping.

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I am Markus Roggen, a psilocybin & cannabis researcher operating a licensed lab in Canada, Delic Labs. Ask Me Anything!

I am cannabis and psilocybin researcher Dr. Markus Roggen. I’ve been working in cannabis research for nearly a decade and run a federally licensed psilocybin and cannabis research lab in Vancouver, CAN called Delic Labs.  Recently our team has been studying the chemical analysis of psilocybin mushrooms and developing proprietary methods for extraction and consumption of those mushrooms etc etc. Ask Me Anything!

I will be online to answer your questions today, Dec. 9th, from 10 am to 2 pm PST.

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r/IAmA Jun 20 '21 I'll Drink to That Helpful (Pro) Gold Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy Party Train Vibing Timeless Beauty Silver Helpful Faith In Humanity Restored

Science I am Ryan Moss, I legally research, cultivate, extract, and analyze magic mushrooms (and many other fun botanical/fungal entheogens) for a living, Ask Me Anything!

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Hey Reddit, I’m Ryan Moss, head of R&D at Filament Health. I have been at the forefront of natural product extraction and manufacturing for the last 10 years. Over the past months I’ve had the opportunity to combine my expertise in natural extraction with the exciting world of psychedelics, most notably magic mushrooms! I consider myself an expert in the field of natural product chemistry and thought this would be a unique opportunity to discuss my research with you.

I have learned a lot from the Reddit community, especially in the early days of my research, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to give back and clarify some of the things that are and are not true about natural psychedelics.

EDIT:

Glad to have been able to talk with all of you, I'm signing off for now!

Feel Free to PM me and if there's demand maybe I'll do another one soon! I'm really excited to have this industry move forward! If you're interested please check out Filament Health for current news on what our lab is doing!

Happy Tripping!

r/IAmA Oct 20 '21

Science We are Photonics scientists here to answer your questions for the Day of Photonics, 21st October. Ask Us Anything about the science of light!

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Hi everyone, we are a team of Photonics scientists and enthusiasts at EPIC, the largest photonics organisation in the world. Photonics is the key enabling technology powering lasers, fiber optics, cameras, sensors, imaging, photovoltaic solar energy and much more.

We don’t understand why a word like “photophobia” (fear of light) is Google searched more than Photonics, the science of light. So we hope this AMA will introduce a few more people to the wonders of Photonics technologies.

So that we cover all time zones, we’ll be answering questions from 6pm CET (Brussels) / 12pm ET (US east coast) on 20 October and will check back regularly until 6am CET / 12am ET on 22 October.

We’re new to Reddit, so please be gentle with us ;)

UPDATE 3: Thanks for all your questions, we are blown away! Thank you to u/Jamolnng and others for some great answers to many of the questions. See you again for next year's Day of Photonics!

EPIC website: https://www.epic-assoc.com/about-epic/

This is us:

Antonio Raspa, MSc. In Electrical Engineering, Quantum Electronics (Photonics) https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonio-raspa/

Elena Beletkaia, PhD, Molecular Biophysics. Specialist, Biophysics https://www.linkedin.com/in/ebeletkaia/

Francesca Moglia, PhD, Laser Physics. Master’s Degree, Physics https://www.linkedin.com/in/francesca-moglia/

Jose Pozo, PhD Electrical Engineering. MsC, Telecommunication Engineering https://www.linkedin.com/in/josepozoepic/

Panagiotis Vergyris, PhD, Quantum Optics-Quantum Information. Master’s Degree, Microsystems & Nanodevices https://www.linkedin.com/in/panagiotis-vergyris/

Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium https://www.linkedin.com/in/carloslee/

PROOF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vWdx9GgbOtXw2XXPJIw1gHFAwESBTWAM/view?usp=sharing

r/IAmA Aug 04 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz

Science We're a group of microbiome researchers here to answer your questions on the gut microbiome and digestive health (IBD and IBS). Ask us anything!

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Hi! Luca, Ryszard, and Dr. Ryan Martin, PhD here to nerd out with you about the gut microbiome. About two years ago we decided there was a need to improve the way digestive health conditions are diagnosed, monitored, and treated. We're a group of patients, doctors, and researchers dedicated to the goal of helping people trust their guts again.

We're here to share knowledge on the gut microbiome, artificial intelligence for medicine, bioinformatics, Phyla (our startup), and more.

We got some amazing questions during our last AMA. Time for round 2....ask us anything!

PROOF

Phyla social media: Instagram LinkedIn Twitter

EDIT: Aaand that's a wrap! Thank you so much for all your amazing questions. It means a lot that you were willing to take the time to ask them. Seems like we'll need to do a round 3! See you all next time :)

Feel free to send me a message on Twitter, email us at [email protected], or check Phyla's website for more!

r/IAmA Nov 02 '21

Science We are three scientists searching for dark matter, the invisible glue that holds galaxies together, distorts space and makes up 85 percent of the total mass of the universe. Ask us anything about what we know — and don’t know — about dark matter and how our experiments seek to solve its mysteries.

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Hi Reddit! As part of Dark Matter Day (https://www.darkmatterday.com/), Argonne National Laboratory is hosting an AMA with dark matter scientists Clarence Chang (Physicist at Argonne), Rupak Mahapatra (Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University) and Andrew Sonnenschein (Senior Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory).

What is dark matter?

Well, we don’t really know. Less than 5 percent of the total mass and energy in the universe is the stuff we know about: like stars, planets, galaxies and gases.

Dark matter, which we have only detected indirectly, makes up about 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, and about a quarter of the universe’s total mass and energy.

We know it exerts influence on the matter we can see, but we can’t see or touch it.

Solving the mystery of dark matter is considered one of the most pressing pursuits in particle physics and could teach us much about the history and structure of our universe.

Two hypotheses posit that dark matter might interact with either particle- or wave- like properties. Mahapatra and Sonnenschein are searching for dark matter through these two respective avenues. Chang develops custom superconducting detector technologies to make these experiments possible.

Ask us anything!

Thank you so much for joining us. Lots of great questions. We're stepping away now, but we will come back to the remaining questions at a later time. Have a great day!

Argonne National Laboratory: https://www.anl.gov/

Proof: https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/51639359665/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/51639158539/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/51639359535/

Proof: Here's my proof!

r/IAmA Feb 22 '21 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Hugz Narwhal Salute Bravo Grande! To The Stars Best Of IAmA 2021 - Bronze

Science We're scientists and engineers working on NASA‘s Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter that just landed on Mars. Ask us anything!

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The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world landed on Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, after a 293 million mile (472 million km) journey. Perseverance will search for signs of ancient microbial life, study the planet’s geology and past climate, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. Riding along with the rover is the Ingenuity Mars helicopter, which will attempt the first powered flight on another world.

Now that the rover and helicopter are both safely on Mars, what's next? What would you like to know about the landing? The science? The mission's 23 cameras and two microphones aboard? Mission experts are standing by. Ask us anything!

Hallie Abarca, Image and Data Processing Operations Team Lead, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jason Craig, Visualization Producer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Cj Giovingo, EDL Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Nina Lanza, SuperCam Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Adam Nelessen, EDL Cameras Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mallory Lefland, EDL Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lindsay Hays, Astrobiology Program and Mars Sample Return Deputy Program Scientist, NASA HQ

George Tahu, Mars 2020 Program Executive, NASA HQ

Joshua Ravich, Ingenuity Helcopter Mechanical Engineering Lead, JPL

PROOF: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1362900021386104838

Edit 5:45pm ET: That's all the time we have for today. Thank you again for all the great questions!