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Science AMA Series: I’m Sijbren Otto, professor of Systems Chemistry. Today we would like to talk with you about complex mixtures at the interface between chemistry and biology and how far we have progressed towards making life in a test tube! AMA!

Hey Reddit! I am Sijbren Otto, joined today by Gaël Schaeffer (postdoc), Andreas Hussain and Jim Ottelé (PhD students) to discuss systems chemistry[1] and synthetic life. You can find a video descr...

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AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting AMA Series: All of us make decisions based on unconscious shortcuts that result in bias or other mistakes. We are scientists who use big data and structured interventions to compensate for errors in human decision-making. Ask us anything!

Hi reddit! Research and educational institutions and industries in the United States have encountered difficulty attracting and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups, particularly in ...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we're Eric and Konrad, and our article in PLOS CompBio reveals flaws in the typical analysis methods used in neuroscience, and suggests improvements for the research community moving forward -- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! We are Eric Jonas (a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Konrad Kording (Professor at Northwestern and RIC). Our research focuses ...

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AGU AMA: Hi Reddit, I'm Dave Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of natural hazards and disasters. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the America G...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Jelena Vuckovic, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA). I do research on nanophotonics, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, quantum information technologies and optoelectronics. Ask Me Anything!

In my daily position, I am a Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University, where I lead the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab in the Ginzton Labor...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, my name is Gene, and the results of our cross-sectional serosurvey indicates that many Ebola cases were minimally symptomatic and likely undetected during the Sierra Leone outbreak – Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Gene Richardson and I am and infectious disease physician and anthropologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I use biosocial approaches to conduct...

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Science AMA Series: We’re David Pogue, tech guru and host of 16 NOVA programs, and Chris Schmidt, NOVA senior producer. Today, we launched NOVA’s first crowdfunding campaign, because we think involving people in science is important. Ask us anything!

Hi, everyone! I’m David Pogue—former New York Times tech columnist, current Yahoo tech critic, and—most importantly for today’s conversation—the host of 16 NOVA programs that have aired on PBS! Som...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Joel and Charlotte, and in our PLOS ONE study we identified an EEG signature that may help guide clinical research into autism and other neurological conditions impacting children – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Joel Frohlich and I am a neuroscience PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the lab of Dr. Shafali Jeste. My research uses “brain waves” or neura...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Kim Barrett, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Editor of The Journal of Physiology. This week, we published an issue on the microbiota, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss how our microbes influence our wellbeing. AMA!

Our bodies are inhabited by literally billions of microbes, with thousands of distinct species of bacteria, viruses, fungi and others that are referred to collectively as the microbiota. The most ...

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Science AMA series: We’re Thomas Bartlett and Benjamin Bratton from Princeton University. The bacterium that causes cholera is curved. People have known this for 160 years, but never known how or why it’s curved. We figured it out… Ask us anything!

The first observations made about most bacteria include a description of their cell shape. Only recently have we started to figure out how all of these different shapes arise, and to understand the...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Joanna Bryson, a Professor in Artificial (and Natural) Intelligence. I am being consulted by several governments on AI ethics, particularly on the obligations of AI developers towards AI and society. I'd love to talk – AMA!

Hi Reddit! I really do build intelligent systems. I worked as a programmer in the 1980s but got three graduate degrees (in AI & Psychology from Edinburgh and MIT) in the 1990s. I myself mostl...

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American Chemical Society AMA: Hi Reddit! We are Adam Boyd and Jenn Parsons, from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), an initiative of the ACS. Ask us anything about K–12 chemistry education or working with science teachers.

ACS AMA Hi Reddit! I’m Adam Boyd, the Program Director for AACT (https://teachchemistry.org/). I have a background in chemistry and business. I work with our extremely talented staff and teacher...

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Science AMA Series: We're the OpenAQ Team, building the world's first open data, open-source real-time and historical air pollution platform. We are building it because open data helps people fight air inequality and no one else was building it. Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! Air inequality - the unequal access to clean air to breathe - is responsible for one out of every eight deaths in the world (WHO, 2014). According to the World Bank, this equates to a l...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Ben and Liz and we found age substantially impacts cognitive processing, indicating our method is useful for examining individual age-related differences in brain function – Ask Us Anything!

Hey Reddit, I’m Liz Davison, a graduate student at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. My research centers on development and application of analytical and...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re John and Yasser, and we found an unexpected mechanism of cell division in Chlamydia trachomatis unique to this human bacterial pathogen, creating implications for developing Chlamydia-specific therapies – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, I’m John Cox, a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. And I am Yasser Abdelrahman a Senior...

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Science AMA series: I'm Brian Buma, Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska. I study forest disturbances around the world, focusing on emerging mortality associated with climate change and carbon/water/forests as an integrated system. AMA!

Hi reddit! I am a disturbance ecologist (think fires, windstorms, landslides) that primarily studies the response of forested ecosystems to emerging disturbances triggered by climate change. I'm ...

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AAAS AMA: We're a team of researchers who have just published an assessment quantifying the global sources and losses of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and their role in contributing to a recent and surprisingly rapid increase in the atmosphere. Ask us anything!

Hi! We're Drs. Ben Poulter, Rob Jackson and Pep Canadell -- we study the global carbon cycle and try to balance budgets of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) by accounting for all known sources...

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Science AMA series: Hi, I’m Amy Smith, graduate student at Tufts University. I study stress and memory, and recently published a paper in Science showing that taking practice tests leads to better memory recall, especially under stress, than traditional “studying.” Since it’s almost exam time, AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Amy Smith, and I work in Tufts’ Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab with my advisor, Ayanna Thomas. We recently published a paper in Science showing that retrieval practice, a strategy w...

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Science AMA Series: Hi, reddit! I’m Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and I’m here to talk about the state of science and public policy around the world on protecting honeybee health

Hello, reddit! My name is Alex Lu and I’m Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I study the decline of honeybee populations around the...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Christine Stawitz, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Seattle, I recently published a study that found up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something else, AMA!

Thanks all for the great questions. We'll be signing off in a few minutes (4:45 PST), but please look out for the full manuscript - it should be online and open access for all soon! I'm Christine ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Jef Akst, an editor at The Scientist. I recently wrote an e-book on a group of ALS patients who, unable to get their hands on an experimental drug, began dosing themselves with chemical substitutes purchased online. Eric Valor was one of those patients. Ask us anything!

Hi reddit! ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is fatal. There is no effective treatment or cure. In 2011, the drug company Neuraltus conducted a Phase 2 trial ...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Charlie Ransford, director of science and policy for Cure Violence, a program that treats violence like a disease and uses ex-gang members to help mediate disputes and prevent violence. Our program has cut violence in half in most neighborhoods we work in. AMA!

I'm Charlie Ransford, director of science and policy for Cure Violence, a violence-interruption program that treats violence like a disease and uses ex-gang members to help mediate disputes and pre...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Sarah O’Connor, Professor and Project Leader in Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre in the UK. I do research to discover how plants produce medicines and to engineer strains of microbes and plants that produce these compounds. AMA!

Hi Reddit! Plants produce hundreds of thousands of complex molecules called "natural products" that have many uses. Anti-cancer medication such as vinblastine and taxol, and the anti-malarial dru...

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Breast Cancer AMA Week: We are here from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors to talk about managing breast and ovarian cancer risk and assuring all people have access to cancer risk management. AUA!

Hi Reddit! We are here from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. We work with people who are at increased risk of breast, ovarian, and relat...

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American Chemical Society AMA: Hi Reddit! My name is Megan J. Palmer, of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Ask me anything about synthetic biology and the responsible development of biotechnology!

Hi Reddit! I’m Megan J. Palmer, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. I lead a research program focused on governing ris...

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Science AMA Series: I am Shannon Bragg-Sitton, I lead a research program at Idaho National Laboratory. We are developing sustainable energy systems that maximize the use of low-carbon energy generators – specifically nuclear and renewables. I’m here with a few members of my team. Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit! My name is Shannon Bragg-Sitton and I’m here today with a few other researchers from Idaho National Laboratory. This is Nuclear Science Week, so we thought it would be great to start a ...

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Science AMA Series: We're scientists at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. We broke the world record for pressure in a magnetic fusion device on our tokamak’s last day of operation. AUA about our scientific work, our future as a lab, and fusion in general!

Hi Reddit, we’re scientists working in the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Last time we were here, redditors helped to extend the life of our tokamak,...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr Neil Stacey, a biofuels researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. I've shown that the cost of distilling ethanol for fuel use can be reduced by just blending gasoline directly into the ethanol/water mixture. AMA!

Purifying ethanol is energy-intensive and expensive. When we're just using it in a fuel blend, it's also unnecessary. The real end-product of ethanol production for fuel use isn't pure ethanol itse...

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Science Policy AMA: We’re Toby Smith and Erin Heath, two policy nerds with a combined 40 years of experience working with scientists, Members of Congress, federal officials and policymakers. We work to empower scientists and engineers to engage in policy. Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit, I’m Toby Smith, Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 60 leading U.S.research universities. I have been working in Washington ...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. I'm here to talk about the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season specifically as well as any other hurricane/typhoon related questions you have. Ask me anything!

I am Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. I worked for over 15 years with the late Dr. Bill Gray, a renowned scientist who con...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we're Igor, Steve and Gert and we sequenced fungus DNA and found banana crops are highly susceptible to the fungal pathogen and resistant to fungicides, creating unsustainable growing practices -- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, We're Igor Grigoriev, Steve Goodwin and Gert HJ KEMA, and we recently published an article titled Combating a Global Threat to a Clonal Crop: Banana Black Sigatoka Pathogen Pseudocercos...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Chris San Marchi, a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. I manage a diverse portfolio of projects related to hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel and diverse energy carrier. Let’s talk hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe.

Hi Reddit! I’m Chris San Marchi, a hydrogen and metallurgy researcher on a team at Sandia Labs in California studying how hydrogen and materials interact, and developing codes and standards for hy...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! We are Dr. Frank Marks and Commander Justin Kibbey, hurricane hunters and scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). We fly into hurricanes to help improve forecasts! Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit! As hurricane season is in full swing we wanted to give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you have: My name is Dr. Frank Marks. I am the Director of the Hurricane Research Div...

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X-Prize AMA: Hi I’m Peter Diamandis, futurist and founder of the XPRIZE. I created a way to go to outer space without the government’s help, I’ve written 2 NYT bestsellers and I was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune Magazine. AMA!

Good morning, Reddit! This is Peter Diamandis here to answer your questions. You may know me from the XPRIZE Foundation or Singularity University. 20 years ago, I had a vision to use an incentive p...

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I'm Alberto Pepe, the guy challenging Elsevier. I'm Co-Founder of Authorea - a budding collaboration and publishing platform for academics to write, share and discuss research and scholarly articles for free and in real time. Ask Me Anything!

Hello r/science! My name is Alberto Pepe; my co-founder, Nathan Jenkins and I created Authorea after we both grew disappointed by the slow, inefficient, and obsolete ways by which research papers a...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, my name is Scott Hensley and I recently published a study showing that antibodies with the “original antigenic sin” phenotype are an important component of immune responses against influenza – Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Scott Hensley and I am an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. My research focuses on how our immune systems try to stop pathogens and how pathogens fight b...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! I’m Dr. Teresa Woodruff from Northwestern University here to answer any questions you may have about ovarian biology, oncofertility, and the importance of sex and gender inclusion in the biomedical sciences.

Hi Reddit! I’m Dr. Teresa Woodruff from Northwestern University here to answer any questions you may have about ovarian biology, oncofertility, and the importance of sex and gender inclusion in the...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Catherine Spong—OB/GYN, acting director of an NIH institute, researcher, and mom of 4. Let’s talk about Zika virus and why we need to study its long-term effects on pregnancy & children infected in the womb. AMA!

Hello reddit! I’m Cathy Spong, and I oversee NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which supports research on fetal, infant and child develo...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Randy Olson and next week I’m launching the fall series for my Story Circles Narrative Training for Scientists which will be coming to Yale, Tufts, UCLA, Genentech, the Smithsonian, AAAS, USDA, NASA and the National Park Service. AMA!

Hello Reddit! My name is Randy Olson. I was a scientist, I became a filmmaker, now I’m back working with scientists and environmentalists, helping them strengthen the narrative elements of thei...

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Science AMA Series: We’re members of a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is creating “second skin,” a breathable smart material that can respond to and protect against chemical or biological agents, for futuristic military uniforms. AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Francisco Fornasiero, a Staff Scientist within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL and I am part of a team working on the development of highly breathable “smart” mat...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Raina and Olivier and we conducted a review assessing the spillover dynamics of four common viruses with bat reservoirs and outlined a research agenda based on our findings – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Raina Plowright and I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Montana State University. I use field, lab and modeling approaches to understand how pathogens persist in w...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Marko Russiver, founder of Guaana, a scientific collaboration platform that is giving 10% of the company to 100,000 scientists worldwide to define universal format for scientific projects with uniform digital footprint that is human and machine readable, AMA

Hey everyone, I'm Marko Russiver, founder & CEO of Guaana, a digital platform where scientists connect to each other and collaborate on open and private multidisciplinary projects. I’m here ...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Sarah, Hansi and Aurora, postdocs at National Labs in the US. We each study a different flavor of computational science: computational genomics (Sarah), climate science (Hansi) and mathematical chemistry (Aurora). AUA!

Hi reddit! I’m Sarah Richardson. I specialize in the design of genomes and the creation of all the technological tools necessary to be able to write this sentence with a straight face. I work on ...

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Science AMA Series: I am Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis, a junior group leader in the University of Kassel, Germany. Our group of Biotechnology focuses on Enzyme Technology and Development of Biocatalytic Applications. Anyone interested on the topics is welcome to AMA!

Nature provides us with a wide toolbox of enzymes as biocatalysts, we just need to refine them in order to fit to our process. I am a biologist by training, but thoughout my academic career I alway...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Susanne and Michael and we recently published a literature review in PLOS NTDs that showed countries that targeted the snail host are more successful at reducing or eliminating schistosomiasis – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Susanne Sokolow and I am a disease ecologist and a Research Associate at Stanford University. My research focuses on feedbacks between health and the natural environment. I...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Karen Mustian, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and I’m here with Ian Kleckner, Ph.D., research assistant professor at UR and its Wilmot Cancer Institute. We study exercise in connection with cancer. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Karen Mustian, an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I’ve been studying exercise for cancer patients for 12 years, and several of my team’s studies ...

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Science AMA Series: Hello Reddit! We’re psychologist Dr. Duncan Carmichael (Univ. of Sussex, UK) and geneticist Dr. Amanda Tilot (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands), and we’re here to chat about the genetics of synesthesia! AMA!

Purple Tuesdays, words that taste like buttered toast, or experiencing the calendar as a winding line in the space around you - these are all examples of synesthetic experiences. The synesthesia re...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Kevin Lothridge, forensic chemist and CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center. I’m here to talk about the challenges synthetic drugs are creating for forensic laboratories and crime scene investigators. AMA!

Hi reddit! I am Kevin Lothridge, CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Largo, Florida. I’ve been working in forensic science since taking my first job nearly 30 years a...

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Science AMA Series: Hi reddit, I’m Dr Ashok Jansari, a neuropsychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London. I research individuals with face-blindness and so called ‘super recognisers’, who have an almost superhuman ability to recognise faces. AMA!

Hi reddit! I first became interested in facial recognition when one of my patients mistook me for George Michael, of Wham fame. While somewhat flattering and very funny, it also provided an insigh...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr Nerida Wilson, Senior Research Scientist at the Museum of Western Australia. I’m a marine molecular biologist – I work on the biodiversity of aquatic taxa from nudibranchs to sea dragons, discovering new species as I go. I’m here to today to talk about it.

Hi everyone, I’m Nerida Wilson Senior Research Scientist at the Museum of Western Australia and Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia. I work in phylogenetics, biodiversity and s...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. Dae Wook Kim, and we are the Large Optics Fabrication and Testing (LOFT) Group at the College of Optical Sciences. We want to share our knowledge about the tools required to make and then test the world’s largest mirrors! AMA!

Hello Reddit! We are excited to be here to share our expertise in the field of fabrication and testing of mirrors and other optical surfaces. Joining me (Dae Wook) in answering questions are my st...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! I’m Dr. Mark Pimentel, Gastroenterologist and scientist studying GI-Motility at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I’ll be talking about the role of small bowel bacteria and IBS, and microbiome linked diseases. AMA!

Thanks so much for all the great questions! It is clear that IBS is so important. We will keep working on this disease. Sorry I could not get to all of you. Hopefully we can do this again soon. I h...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Kartik Chandran and I’m working to transform wastewater into a valuable resource. My approaches involve treating waste with the goal of producing useful resources such as fertilizers, chemicals, energy sources, and clean water. AMA!

Hi reddit! I became interested in science because I grew up in India having access to clean water for only about a couple of hours each day, where we also had limited access to reliable power. Yea...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Steven Hauck, a planetary scientist at Case Western Reserve University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, here to discuss the science and exploration of the planets of our solar system. Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit! I am Steven Hauck, a planetary scientist, professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science at Case Western Reserve University, and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Geophysica...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, my name is Ken Tape and I recently published a PLOS ONE study showing the moose habitat expanded into the tundra during the 1800s, likely due to global warming and climate change – Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Ken Tape and I am a Research Scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My research focuses on the effects of climate change on the landscape, including its soils, vege...

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ACS AMA: I am Wilfredo “Freddy” Colon, Ph.D., a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who researches the biology and pathology of misfolding proteins. Ask me anything about prions or brain-affecting protein-based diseases.

Hi Reddit! I’m Dr. Wilfredo Colon. Call me Freddy. I’m a Professor and the Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (http://rpi.edu) in Troy, NY. ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Claire Horrocks, a Soil Scientist! Soil matters. Fact! Poor land management can damage soils. I‘m working in Colombia and Kenya to develop methods to assess and improve soil health under tropical grasslands. AMA!

Hi reddit! I became a scientist because I wanted to make a difference. I had prepared myself for a life of numbers, statistics and working in a lab. Never did I imagine that I would be travelling ...

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Science AMA Series: We are NOAA scientist Dr. Steve Goodman and Andrea Schumacher and we are excited to talk to you about NOAA’s state-of-the-art GOES-R satellite, launching November 4, 2016, which will help us predict and track hurricanes better than ever. Ask us anything!

Hi redditors! We are Steve Goodman and Andrea Schumacher and we are excited to talk to you about NOAA’s GOES-R, a state-of-the art satellite set to launch November 4, 2016 that will transform hurri...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we're Jessie Abbate, Carmen Lia Murall and Christian Althaus, and we developed a mathematical model showing the sexual transmission of Ebola could prolong the epidemic in West Africa -- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, We are Jessie Abbate, Carmen Lia Murall, and Christian Althaus, infectious disease researchers collaborating between France (Research Institute for Development), Switzerland (University...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm David Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of landslides. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Geology at the University of East Anglia in the UK. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the A...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm David Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of landslides. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Geology at the University of East Anglia in the UK. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the A...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Jorge Ahumada and Lydia Beaudrot, and we used camera traps to monitor mammal and bird populations in 15 protected tropical forests, further establishing the importance of standardized monitoring for conservation – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Jorge Ahumada and I am the executive director of the TEAM Network at Conservation International. Ahumada completed his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton Un...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Greg Smith, author of the recent textbook Medical Cannabis, What Clinicians Need to Know and Why: Basic Science and Clinical Applications. Over 98% of doctors who practice in states with legalized medical cannabis, don't recommend it. AMA!

Hey Reddit, I am a Harvard-trained medical doctor. I have been in practice for 30 years and for the past 15 years I have been using medical cannabis as part of my practice. I have recently publish...

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Science AMA Series: We are scientists working in (or in collaboration with) NASA’s Earths in Other Solar Systems Team – We have a large program aimed at imaging planets around other stars. Come discuss some of our early and exciting results!

Hi reddit! We are scientists working to directly image planets around other stars in our galaxy using the world’s biggest ground-based telescopes. Directly imaging the faint light of planets orbit...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Courtney Lane-Donovan and Joachim Herz, and in a PLOS ONE study we examined how a high-fat diet effects levels of ApoE isoforms in mice, which are known to impact Alzheimer’s risk – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Courtney Lane-Donovan, and I am an MD/PhD student in Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. I’m interested in the underlying bi...

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American Chemical Society AMA: I’m Brian Hogg, the Senior Historic Preservation Planner at the University of Virginia (UVA). Ask me anything about restoring old buildings, like a 19th century chemistry hearth we recently discovered.

Hi Reddit! I am Brian Hogg and I’m the Senior Historic Preservation Planner at the University of Virginia (http://www.officearchitect.virginia.edu/index.php/historic-preservation). I work with a sm...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Manolis Kellis, a professor of computer science at MIT studying the human genome to learn about what causes obesity, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other conditions. AMA about comp-bio and epigenomics, and how they impact human health!

Hello Reddit! Hello Reddit! My name’s Manolis Kellis, and I’m a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where I lead the Computational Biology group, and am a...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I’m Mike Ellis, head of climate and landscape change science at the British Geological Survey and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group, here to talk about the impact of human activity on the Earth. Ask Me Anything!

I am Mike Ellis, head of climate change and landscape change science at the British Geological Survey in the UK, an editor of the AGU journal Earth’s Future and a member of the Anthropocene Working...

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Science AMA Series: I’m NOAA Fisheries scientist Peter Dutton. I use genetics and satellite telemetry to study the life history, movements and habitat of sea turtles to understand the biology and status of these endangered species and better conserve them. Celebrate #SeaTurtleWeek with NOAA!

Hello Reddit! Happy World Sea Turtle Day! I’m Peter Dutton (Program Leader - Marine Turtle Genetics Program, NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center). I head the Marine Turtle Genetics Pr...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, we’re Mahdad, Lucy and Gabriele. We found several different effects of HIV-1 infection on anti-TB immune response, presenting new implications for treating patients with TB and HIV infections – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi. I lead a research group in Infection & Immunity at University College London, in which we try to discriminate between human immune responses to mic...

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American Chemical Society AMA: I am David Sedlak, Professor of Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology. Ask me anything about water research and the future of urban water systems!

Hello Reddit! I am a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center (http://bwc.berkeley.edu/) and Deputy Director of the...

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Science AMA Series: Hello Redditors! I’m Dr. Gerry Bell, a meteorologist in the Climate Prediction Center at NOAA’s National Weather Service, I lead teams of scientists at NOAA who predict the Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific hurricane seasons every year. Ask Me Anything!

Hello Reddit! I’m Dr. Gerry Bell, a hurricane climate specialist and research meteorologist with NOAA's National Weather Service at the Climate Prediction Center. My research into the climate fact...

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Science AMA Series: We are Michèle Weiland, Nick Johnson, and Juan Rodriguez Herrera, and we’re members of the Adept project, dedicated to improving energy efficiency in parallel computing. We’ve created a suite of tools designed to do just that. AUA!

Hi Reddit! We are scientists from the Adept Project, a European project investigating energy efficiency in high-performance and Embedded computing. The three of us here today are based at the Uni...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. D. Kyle Hogarth, a pulmonologist, member of the American College of Chest Physicians, and the first doctor to perform bronchial thermoplasty, a nonpharmaceutical treatment for severe asthma, in Illinois. AMA!

My name is Dr. D. Kyle Hogarth. I’m an Associate Professor of Medicine in the section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The University of Chicago. I am the Director of Bronchoscopy and hea...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dave Peterson. I’m a professor of Political Science at Iowa State University. For the last 16 months, I have edited the journal Political Behavior. My work focuses on many different aspects of American politics. AMA.

Hi Reddit, I am Dave Peterson, a professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and editor of Political Behavior. My research focuses on American politics, particularly elections and vot...

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Science AMA Series: We are Marco Gillies and Sylvia Pan, VR researchers at Goldsmiths, and Harry Brenton, founder of BespokeVR Ltd. We work with VR technology to create emotionally engaging games and virtual characters that behave realistically. AUA!

Hi reddit! This year sees the launch of the highly anticipated Oculus Rift VR headset as tech giants Sony Samsung, and HTC enter the market in earnest with PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, and VIV...

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Science AMA Series: I am Lilian Hsiao, a chemical engineer at MIT who studies the mechanics of non-Newtonian fluids and soft matter - with special interest in shear thickening fluids - aka the "pot of thing" that Hydraulic Press crushed recently. AMA!

Hello Reddit! My name is Lilian Hsiao, and I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. I will be starting as an assistant professor at NC State this Fall. Why is...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Gang Zheng, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. I fight cancer using light and nanoparticles built from porphyrins; the molecules responsible for green leaves and red blood! AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Gang Zheng, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada. Our lab focused on creating clinically usable nanotechnology to combat cancer. Inspired by how...

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Science AMA Series: Hi, we’re NOAA scientists who study the impacts of harmful algal blooms and forecast bloom conditions for various U.S. coastal regions. What is a harmful algal bloom and how do we forecast one? Find out when you Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! We are Richard Stumpf (oceanographer) and Karen Kavanaugh (Harmful Algal Bloom project coordinator) from NOAA’s National Ocean Service. With harmful algal bloom season beginning over the...

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Science AMA Series: We are Terra Barnes and Tim Holy from Washington University School of Medicine. Along with our colleagues, we recently published a paper showing that mouse pups with a human mutation associated with stuttering show abnormalities similar to human stuttering. AMA!

Hi Reddit! Since stuttering affects 70 million people worldwide, we thought you might be interested in our new paper showing that the same mutation that is linked to human stuttering (Kang et al, ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Aleix Martinez, a Professor of Cognitive Science and Machine Learning at The Ohio State University. My main areas of expertise are face perception, emotion, and language. I’m available today to answer your questions. AMA!

Hi Reddit! As a cognitive scientist, my main goal is to understand how the human brain works. That is, how our brain yields the set of observable human behaviors we see in ourself and others. I ta...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, my name is Dr. Nina Kraus and I found preschoolers’ auditory language processing parallels early language development, which would allow for early intervention for language disorders – Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit, my name is Dr. Nina Kraus and I am professor and neuroscientist at Northwestern University. My research focuses on how the brain learns to make sense of sound, and the impact of this lea...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Christophe Galfard, a theoretical physicist and author of The Universe In Your Hand. I write and speak about the science of the universe, from black holes to our cosmic origins and nearly everything in between. AMA!

Hello Reddit! My name is Dr. Christophe Galfard and I'm a theoretical physicist and author of The Universe In Your Hand. I hold a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University where my...

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I’m Jean Claude Zenklusen, director of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), a landmark project of the National Cancer Institute and NHGRI to map genomic changes in cancer. I’m here to talk anything and everything big data, team science, and cancer genomics. AMA!

Cancer is fundamentally a disease of the genome, caused by alterations such as DNA mutations that cause cells to grow out of control and form tumors. By sequencing the cancer genome and studying th...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! I'm Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I'm excited to talk about the Human Genome Project, and Genomic Medicine. Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit - I'm Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) since 2009. NHGRI is the largest organization in the world solely dedicated to genomics research, and a...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Andrey Rzhetsky, professor at the University of Chicago. I study big datasets—like 150 million patient records to find links between autism and environment, or all of PubMed to find diseases that we should be investing more resources in. AMA!

Hi Reddit, My name is Andrey Rzhetsky, professor of medicine and director of the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics at the University of Chicago. I’m interested in how geneti...

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I'm S. Jay Olshansky, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. I study human longevity and am part of a study group investigating whether a drug used to treat diabetes can slow the aging process. Ask me anything!

Hi Reddit! I am S. Jay Olshansky and I'm a professor of epidemiology in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. I'm also on the board of directors of the American Federation ...

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We are Margaret Kosmala, Koen Hufkens, and Josh Gray, climate change researchers at Harvard and Boston University who are using automated cameras, satellites, and citizen science to learn more about how future climate change will impact plants across North America. AMA!

Hi Reddit, We're Margaret Kosmala and Koen Hufkens at Harvard University and Josh Gray at Boston University. We're part of a research group that has been putting automated cameras on weather tower...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Ken Buesseler, an oceanographer who has been studying the impacts of Fukushima Dai-ichi on the oceans. It’s been 5 years now and I’m still being asked – how radioactive is our ocean? and should I be concerned? AMA.

I’m Ken Buesseler, an oceanographer who studies marine radioactivity. I’ve looked at radioactive fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing that peaked in the early 1960’s, studied the Black...

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I'm Alexander Suh, my paper evaluates the evolutionary signature of modern birds and discovered extreme degrees of complex conflict at onset of the “big bang” of modern birds, when speciation of birds began rapidly after dinosaur extinction – AMA!

Hi Reddit, My name is Alexander Suh and I am a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden. My research focuses on the evolution of birds and their genomic parasites, such as transposo...

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We are Drs. Michael Hansen and Andrew Arai, researchers from the NIH. We study cardiac MRI among other things. We are supporting new forms of scientific computing via the Data Science Bowl with Dr. Roman Salasznyk and Booz Allen Hamilton

I (Michael Hansen) am a biomedical engineer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). I focus on fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for real-time imaging and intervent...

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I'm Stephen Morse, a Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. I work to understand the factors leading to emerging infectious diseases like Zika, and can answer your questions on the current outbreak. AMA!

From 2009-2014, I was co-director of PREDICT, the part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program for identifying potential emerging infections and their sources. I’m the founding chair of ProM...

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We’re Ruã Daros, João Costa, Marina von Keyserlingk, Maria Hötzel, Heather Neave and Daniel Weary. We recently published a study in PLOS ONE that found dairy calves experience emotional effects when undergoing routine procedures, such dehorning – AUA!

Hi Reddit, Our names are Ruã Daros, João Costa, Marina von Keyserlingk, Maria Hötzel, Heather Neave and Daniel Weary. We are researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada and the U...

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Hi Reddit, we’re Malcolm MacLeod and David Howells, and we published a paper in PLOS Biology that found an elevated average risk of bias in work from leading institutions or work published in high-impact factor journals – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Malcolm Macleod and I am Professor of Neurology and Translational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. I’m interested in risks of bias in animal research, and how the...

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We’re Christine Kreuder Johnson and Tierra Smiley Evans, from UC Davis. We developed an oral sampling technique to screen for pathogens in primates which allows researchers to samples previously missed primate populations- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! My name is Christine Kreuder Johnson, I am a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Institute. Joining me today is Tierra ...

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I am Professor Glenn Daehn of The Ohio State University. My group works on manufacturing process innovation. We often harness energetic discharges from capacitor banks to cause metal to be formed, joined, cut or modified, enabling new products.

Hello, I am Glenn Daehn, a professor of materials science and engineering at The Ohio State University. I find great joy and concern in manufacturing process innovation. On the joy side, my group...

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We're Jim Hansen, a professor at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and Paul Hearty, a professor at UNC-Wilmington, here to make the case for urgent action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which are on the verge of locking in highly undesirable consequences

Hi Reddit, I’m Jim Hansen, a professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/sections/view/9 I'm joined today by 3 colleagues who are scientists represen...

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