Top Science Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/science The latest Science IAmA's collected from Reddit Request[AMA REQUEST] Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins. http://www.topiama.com/r/5977/ama-request-jensen-ackles-jared-padalecki-and By far my favorite tv show, let alone actors. But I won't tell who's number one. Erm Jensen. But this is My first AMA request, so go easy on me!

1.) How do you describe the opportunity to be able to be the faces of Supernatural?

2.) Did you have any "supernatural" experiences on set?

3.) If yes, did you hunt them? (I'll be disappointed if you didn't. People are at risk!!)

4.) What's your favorite episode and why?

5.) Jensen, what is your favorite pie?

Jensen Ackles: https://mobile.twitter.com/JensenAckles?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Jared Padalecki: https://mobile.twitter.com/jarpad?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Misha Collins: https://mobile.twitter.com/mishacollins

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Science-LiveIamA NASA scientist. I invented an ice vest that burns calories just by wearing it, while you sit on your butt. For some reason people find the SECOND part hard to believe. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5969/iama-nasa-scientist-i-invented-an-ice-vest-that I'm Canadian, but now live in California. I'm a professor at the University of California in Irvine, and I also work part-time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. My research involves using computers in scientific ways, studying everything from galaxies, to cells (the biological kind, not mobile phones), to melting ice in Antarctica. In 2013 I also started The Cold Shoulder, a company that sells an ice vest that comfortably burns calories while you sit on your butt wearing it. It's real, it works, it's based on 50 years of science, but most people find it hard to believe you can burn excess calories sitting on your butt.

Here's a photo of me and my NASA badge. I'll start answering questions about 6:45pm (Pacific) 9:45pm (Eastern). https://www.dropbox.com/s/h6uwhj8obceqmis/2017-04-18%2018.02.18.jpg?dl=0

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceI am Dr. Michio Kaku: a physicist, co-founder of string theory, and now a space traveler – in the Miniverse. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5972/i-am-dr-michio-kaku-a-physicist-cofounder-of I am a theoretical physicist, bestselling author, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, I try to carry on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything.

I hold the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY).

I joined Commander Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, for a cosmic road trip through the solar system. It’s a new show called Miniverse, available now on CuriosityStream.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVKJs6jLDR4

See us getting into a little trouble during filming (Um, hello, officer…) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQza2xvVTjQ

CuriosityStream is a Netflix-style service for great shows on science, technology, history and nature. Sign up for a free 30 day trial and check out Miniverse plus lots of other great shows on CuriosityStream here.

The other interstellar hitchhikers in Miniverse, Dr. Laura Danly and Derrick Pitts, answered your questions yesterday here.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5suh2ba3ncsy.jpg

This is Michio -- I am signing off now. Thanks to everyone for all the questions, they were really thought provoking and interesting. I hope to chat with you all again in another AMA! Have a great day.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA scientist who has spent my entire career studying terrible diseases - Ebola, smallpox, rabies, anthrax and many others. I'm here to answer your questions on infectious diseases of biodefense. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5975/iama-scientist-who-has-spent-my-entire-career My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.

We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.

In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.

Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.

Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.

My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.

My Proof: This is me with my Granddaughter, who is helping me with this AMA and translating things to English: Last summer, and this is us now.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe are astronomers and chief scientists at the Griffith Observatory in LA and the Franklin Institute in in Philadelphia. And we just got back from a cosmic road trip through the Miniverse! Ask Us Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5973/we-are-astronomers-and-chief-scientists-at-the My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I am a survivor of a pacemaker implantation, two heart transplants, dialysis, a kidney transplant, diabetes, liver stones, a cholecystectomy, a left lung collapse, and a tracheotomy. 1 Man, 3 Hearts, 9 Lives: AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5965/i-am-a-survivor-of-a-pacemaker-implantation-two My name is Christophe Lafontant, I am a thirty-three year old young man, currently living with an extremely rare genetic disorder known as Myofibrillar Myopathy. I first became sick at the age of six; however, I was not fully diagnosed until the age of twenty-seven. I experience substantial weakness in my legs, walking with the use of leg braces and primarily using a wheelchair. I have also recently become aware of significant weakness in my shoulders, hands, and feet, making everyday activities very challenging for me. Over the course of my life, I have undergone a number of serious and complicated surgeries, often accompanied by extremely harsh side effects. I refuse to allow my limitations to hold me back from living a full, happy, and positive life. I finally decided to share my unique story with the world by self publishing a memoir entitled, [1 Man, 3 Hearts, 9 Lives](https://www.amazon.com/Man-Hearts-Lives-resilience-survival/dp/1518837069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491663995&sr=8-1&keywords=1+man+3+hearts+9+lives) in the hopes that anybody going through a similarly difficult situation may feel inspired and motivated to never give up! Ask me anything!

Link to: Public Proof for IAMA

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA maned wolf expert AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5952/iama-maned-wolf-expert-ama Peter Joseph is an American-born social critic and activist who has lectured around the world on the subject of cultural sustainability. Once deemed “The Herald of Occupy Wall Street” for his tacit prediction of inevitable global uprisings against inequality and economic injustice, his extensive media work has been translated into over 130 languages and experienced by 250 million people.

Proof: https://twitter.com/ZeitgeistFilm/status/850371366670843904

FINAL NOTE (for now): I want to thank everybody for an excellent five hour exchange. Unfortunately I have to go now but I really appreciate people's questions and I hope I could be of some service. I will try to find time to also address existing questions that I could not get to over the next week or so. Thanks again!

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
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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