Top Science Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/science The latest Science IAmA's collected from Reddit ScienceWe get to do gigantic experiments on whole lakes in Canada to help protect water all around the world. Ask us anything...! http://www.topiama.com/r/5856/we-get-to-do-gigantic-experiments-on-whole-lakes Hi everyone, Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) and Kerry Ehrin (co-executive producer and creator) from Bates Motel here! Everyone has questions or needs advice from Mother, so we’re here to give it. Check into the final season of Bates Motel Mondays at 10/9c on A&E!

Proof: https://twitter.com/InsideBates/status/834484102753562624

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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA Giant Panda Expert AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5833/iama-giant-panda-expert-ama EDIT: That was great!!!!! They are ripping the laptop away from me... throwing me into an unmarked SUV... and driving me do an undisclosed location for more questioning... wish me luck. You guys were great. Thanks for all the weirdness and meaningfulness. Peace.

-Josh

Hello Reddit! This is actor, filmmaker and Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson!

I just directed a short film called ‘Ape’ as part of The Big Script, a film incubator that is developing emerging young writers and directors. It just came out today and you can watch 'Ape' and all of the films here: https://thescene.com/watch/presents/the-big-script-ape

Proof I'm me: http://imgur.com/a/VdInM

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerHey Reddit, I'm Katherine Ryan! No V-Day Plans? Come talk to me about my Netflix special, Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, out now! http://www.topiama.com/r/5821/hey-reddit-im-katherine-ryan-no-vday-plans-come My bio: Three years ago I decided to get into the fight of preparing children for the workforce of tomorrow. I ran and won a seat on a School Board in Hampton Roads. In that time I've learned a lot about local Education and championed causes that I think make our community a better place.

The Department of Education has limited influence on k-12 education. Local leaders, such as members of the local School Board, make a surprisingly large number of decisions in public education. I believe that public education is the most efficient path to the American dream.

Proof: Here is post on my public facebook page for proof.

If you have any further questions, you can follow or like me on facebook. To be a leader of the people I need to hear from the people, so ask me questions.

EDIT: I want to thank everyone for participating in my AMA. This was a great experience for me to connect with all of you. I plan to do another AMA in June 2017. Want another AMA sooner? Just write a comment on this facebook post. I hope that I was able to give all of you the insight you need to make change in your local schools. I know from talking with school board members from around the country that school boards really want to hear from people in the community. The government should be made up of ordinary people like me and you. Engage with your local leaders and it will be.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MusicIamA the guy that plays drums, guitar, and sings SIMULTANEOUSLY AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5819/iama-the-guy-that-plays-drums-guitar-and-sings My bio: Three years ago I decided to get into the fight of preparing children for the workforce of tomorrow. I ran and won a seat on a School Board in Hampton Roads. In that time I've learned a lot about local Education and championed causes that I think make our community a better place.

The Department of Education has limited influence on k-12 education. Local leaders, such as members of the local School Board, make a surprisingly large number of decisions in public education. I believe that public education is the most efficient path to the American dream.

Proof: Here is post on my public facebook page for proof.

If you have any further questions, you can follow or like me on facebook. To be a leader of the people I need to hear from the people, so ask me questions.

EDIT: I want to thank everyone for participating in my AMA. This was a great experience for me to connect with all of you. I plan to do another AMA in June 2017. Want another AMA sooner? Just write a comment on this facebook post. I hope that I was able to give all of you the insight you need to make change in your local schools. I know from talking with school board members from around the country that school boards really want to hear from people in the community. The government should be made up of ordinary people like me and you. Engage with your local leaders and it will be.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Politics-LiveMy name is Caleb Q. Dyer and I am a NH State Representative who just became the second Libertarian state legislator in the United States. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5806/my-name-is-caleb-q-dyer-and-i-am-a-nh-state My short bio: I am a NH native, a redditor, and a representative to the NH General Court. I was elected as a Republican but switched to the Libertarian Party out of frustration with some of the policy priorities of the Republican majority.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/b1THc https://www.facebook.com/repcqdyer/

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerJordan Peele here. Writer/Director of GET OUT in theaters this month. Let’s talk http://www.topiama.com/r/5810/jordan-peele-here-writerdirector-of-get-out-in UPDATE: Thanks everyone for all the questions. We really enjoyed chatting with you today! Signing off for now, but may be back to later to answer a few more questions!

Hi, we're scientists and science fiction writers Catherine Asaro and David Brin. In a recent conversation about the legacy of nuclear weapons, we talked about the history and future of warfare - and how growing up in the era of "Duck and Cover" affected our books. Together, we make the case that science fiction - especially apocalyptic science fiction - can make the world safer.

David Brin is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age, The Transparent Society, won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

Catherine Asaro is a critically acclaimed author of science fiction who has won the Nebula Award twice and been nominated for a Hugo multiple times. She has a doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard University and is the Director of the Chesapeake Math Program. Her next book is the science fiction mystery novel The Bronze Skies, set in her Skolian Empire universe. It is due out from Baen Books in the Fall.

We're also joined here by Natalie from PRI’s The World who will help us in answering your questions today. Read the recent piece The World wrote asking if science fiction can help prevent a nuclear war.

Ask Us Anything!

Here's our proof: https://twitter.com/pritheworld/status/829678212213010434

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA ROB PAULSEN (Donnie/Raph/Pinky) AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5805/iama-rob-paulsen-donnieraphpinky-ama UPDATE: Thanks everyone for all the questions. We really enjoyed chatting with you today! Signing off for now, but may be back to later to answer a few more questions!

Hi, we're scientists and science fiction writers Catherine Asaro and David Brin. In a recent conversation about the legacy of nuclear weapons, we talked about the history and future of warfare - and how growing up in the era of "Duck and Cover" affected our books. Together, we make the case that science fiction - especially apocalyptic science fiction - can make the world safer.

David Brin is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age, The Transparent Society, won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

Catherine Asaro is a critically acclaimed author of science fiction who has won the Nebula Award twice and been nominated for a Hugo multiple times. She has a doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard University and is the Director of the Chesapeake Math Program. Her next book is the science fiction mystery novel The Bronze Skies, set in her Skolian Empire universe. It is due out from Baen Books in the Fall.

We're also joined here by Natalie from PRI’s The World who will help us in answering your questions today. Read the recent piece The World wrote asking if science fiction can help prevent a nuclear war.

Ask Us Anything!

Here's our proof: https://twitter.com/pritheworld/status/829678212213010434

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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA female astrophysicist who just published on the famous star Betelgeuse and found it may have swallowed another star. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5697/iama-female-astrophysicist-who-just-published-on I am a female astrophysicist who has studied Betelgeuse for the past 5 years. My team, under the mentorship of Dr. J. Craig Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin), found that Betelgeuse may have gobbled up another star the size of our sun--which may explain why it's spinning at its current rotational velocity. Our next step is to use asteroseismology--studying stellar pulsations--to figure out when Betelgeuse will explode.

Here are some press releases covering our work: http://www.iflscience.com/space/betelgeuse-spinning-faster-than-expected-because-it-ate-a-sun-like-star/

http://www.space.com/35084-betelgeuse-red-giant-star-cannibal.html

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-famous-red-star-betelgeuse-faster.html

And here's our paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.08031.pdf

Proof (a photo of me talking about Betelgeuse at our local Astronomy on Tap): http://i.imgur.com/eMt0WHs.jpg

EDIT 1: Back online answering while I can! AMA!

EDIT 2: I'm getting some feedback/questions asking why I mentioned I'm a female in my title. I included it because it's an accomplishment to participate- and make an impact- in a male-dominated field. About 20% of physicists are female (https://www.aps.org/programs/education/statistics/womenphysics.cfm). Astronomy is higher, about 35% women, but still more heavily weighted towards men. I include it to help prompt discussions about being a female in science, because there are systematic gender inequalities in the field. I include it to potentially inspire other young women interested in science- and to let them know that they can succeed.

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Mon, 26 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Science-LiveI am NASA Launch Director Tim Dunn, and we're launching the CYGNSS spacecraft into space from the underbelly of an airplane on Dec 12th. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5655/i-am-nasa-launch-director-tim-dunn-and-were My short bio: Hi Reddit! I'm NASA Launch Director Tim Dunn, and we're launching the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft into Space on December 12th at 8:24am EST.

CYGNSS will use a constellation of eight small satellites to vastly improve extreme weather prediction, particularly in hurricanes. The launch itself begins with the drop of the Pegasus rocket carrying the CYGNSS spacecraft –that’s where I come in! But this rocket won't launch vertically like a normal rocket...It will launch horizontally from underneath the belly of an L-1011 aircraft out over the Atlantic Ocean!

Here are a few photos of the aircraft and rocket carrying the spacecraft:

http://go.nasa.gov/2gO6VfE

http://go.nasa.gov/2gOdlLI

http://go.nasa.gov/2gO7S7I

http://go.nasa.gov/2gO72rC

I'll be live here to answer your questions beginning at 2:00pm EST today. AMA!

My Proof: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/15303922_10211521712784426_1973408230_ov2.png

That's all the AMA we have time for today! Great Q@A session, everyone. I got some really good questions! Remember to watch the launch of the Pegasus rocket carrying the CYGNSS Spacecraft on December 12th at 8:24am EST live on NASA TV @ www.nasa.gov/ntv, and lookout for more AMA's from Kennedy Space Center in the future!

THANKS, REDDIT!

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe fly ESA's Gaia mission to map 1 billion stars - Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5653/we-fly-esas-gaia-mission-to-map-1-billion-stars Gaia’s primary objective is to survey one billion stars in our Galaxy and local galactic neighbourhood in order to build the most precise 3D map of the Milky Way and answer questions about its origin and evolution. Gaia is expected to find thousands of planets beyond our Solar System and map hundreds of thousands of asteroids and comets within it. The mission will also reveal tens of thousands of failed stars and supernovae, and will even test Einstein’s famous theory of General Relativity.

The Gaia flight control team work at ESA's ESOC mission control centre, in Darmstadt, Germany. This includes planning all flight activities, monitoring the health and status of the spacecraft, coordinating with the science operations centre at ESA's ESAC Establishment in Spain, scheduling ground station passes, downloading an immense amount of science data each day and generally making sure the satellite performs as expected.

The Gaia spacecraft is unique, with unprecedented dynamic and thermal performance. In ensuring the ambitious goals of this mission are met, the team have dealt with some interesting challenges.

We'll be live here starting at 16:00 CET - 10:00 EST - 15:00 GMT, for approximately 75 mins.

UPDATE 17:15 CET - Thank you for the excellent questions! We thoroughly enjoyed answering them and we'll take a look back here in the next day or so to see if we can respond to any others that come in. We'll log off now and get back to... Gaia! For more info and news, access http://www.esa.int/gaia

Providing replies for the Gaia AMA are:

At ESOC

  • David Milligan - Spacecraft Operations Manager (Flight control team leader) [DM]

Flight control team

  • Ed Serpell - Operations engineer (Payload) [ES]
  • Jonas Marie - Operations engineer (Attitude & orbit control system) [JM]
  • Ran Qedar - Operations engineer (Power & thermal) [RQ]
  • Peter Collins - Operations engineer (Data management system, Onboard software maintenance, Ground systems) [PC]
  • Jan Kolmas - Young Graduate Trainee (Star tracker) [JK]
  • Gary Whitehead – Operations engineer (Telemetry & telecommanding, Mission planning) [GW]

Flight dynamics

  • Ander Martinez De Albeniz (Flight dynamics) [AMA]

Moderator

  • Daniel Scuka, senior editor for spacecraft operations [DS]

at ESAC

  • Jose Hernandez - Science Operations Calibration Engineer [JH]

Proof links Rocket Science blog @esaoperations @esa

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceI’m George Greer, medical director of the Heffter Institute that researches psilocybin. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5656/im-george-greer-medical-director-of-the-heffter My short bio: Dr. Cindy Fast holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Psychology specialising in Learning and Behaviour and Behavioural Neuroscience from UCLA. Cindy has more than ten years of experience conducting behavioural research with a variety of species including rats, mice, pigeons, hermit crabs, and horses.

In September Cindy moved from the US to take on her new role at APOPO. Dr. Fast plans to use her knowledge and expertise to optimize training and performance of the HeroRATs.

My Proof: Dr. Cindy Fast with Jones the HeroRAT.

About APOPO: APOPO is a non-profit that trains rats to save lives. Based in Tanzania, the organisation has pioneered the development of scent detection rats, nicknamed HeroRATs.

APOPO's landmine detection rats have helped sniff out more than 100,000 mines helping to free nearly one million people from the threat of explosives.

APOPO's tuberculosis detection rats have safely sniffed more than 350,000 sputum samples identifying 10,000 additional cases of TB that were missed by clinics.

APOPO website - https://www.apopo.org/en/

Adopt or gift a HeroRAT - https://support.apopo.org/en/adopt

Donate - https://support.apopo.org/en/donate

Dr. Fast will begin answering questions at 12pm EST.

EDIT - It's late night in Tanzania and Dr Fast has had to retire for the evening. Our Fundraising Manager, Robin Toal, will take over from here on out but will need to report back on any particularly tricky questions. Big thanks for all your questions, it's been a blast!

EDIT 2 - It's time to say goodnight (UK here). I'll pop back in the morning and will ask Dr Fast to answer a selection of the questions we didn't get to tonight. Thanks for your questions and if you're looking for a holiday gift you can't go wrong with a HeroRAT adoption.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceI am Rebecca Goldin, mathematician and the director of STATS.org, here to talk about statistics in the media! http://www.topiama.com/r/5618/i-am-rebecca-goldin-mathematician-and-the I'm a 26 year old woman with about three years of experience working as a registered nurse. I started off working on a medical/surgical unit and then got a job in the emergency room and have been doing that for about a year and a half.

My Proof: http://tinypic.com/r/wumc7r/9

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Science"Weed Scientist" is back after 4 years to talk about recent advancements, changing laws (incl. Nov 8), and possible futures for cannabis. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5591/weed-scientist-is-back-after-4-years-to-talk It's been over 4 years since my first (and only) AMA garnered a lot of attention and some really good questions:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/zh2wq/iama_chemist_at_a_cannabis_analysis_laboratory_in/

Now that some of the state programs voted-upon in 2012 have been implemented and new ballot measures are emerging for 2016, I thought it appropriate to do another AMA for anybody that would like to get up to speed on the current state of the US cannabis industry. During the last 4 years I've built a consulting firm Digamma Consulting, developed a swath of new analytical methods, and advised representatives from several US states on drafting and implementing laws regarding cannabis quality control.

So go ahead; AMA!

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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe’re a team of scientists and engineers and we shoot a laser on Mars. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5569/were-a-team-of-scientists-and-engineers-and-we Hi Reddit, I’m Mike Weinholtz, the democratic candidate for Governor of Utah! I’m running to get back to the real Utah values of taking care of one another and building a better future for our families. It’s time to put an end to pay-to-play special-interest politics and a state leadership that’s too focused on partisan theatrics to listen to the voices of its own people, which is why I’ve rejected all corporate money to my campaign. I’m passionately committed to improving our schools, cleaning up our air and water, making sure all Utah families have adequate healthcare and being a better steward of our public lands.

For those who aren’t familiar with me, here are some issues that I’m passionate about:

Legalizing medical cannabis and prescription drug reform

Affordable healthcare for all

Quality education

Protecting our public lands

I’m happy to answer questions from Utahns and non-Utahns alike from 6-7 PM MST.

Proof

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Wed, 02 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA Reactor Engineer that works at a nuclear power plant AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5549/iama-reactor-engineer-that-works-at-a-nuclear I graduated from Penn State with a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2014. I have worked at a commercial nuclear power plant as a reactor engineer for just over two years.

Proof: http://imgur.com/W0qlLP1

Edit 1: That's all I have time to answer right now, but continue to submit questions and I will answer more tonight.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT