• Question: What mysteries do you like solving

    Asked by have1sap to Sharron K, ravinduranaweera, Michael S, Martin M, Mark, Jennifer B, isabellelukhang, Christie, Ashleigh on 13 Mar 2024.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I’ve always like solving problems and trying to understand how things work. That still holds today though my preference for problem solving is always more related to the physical work than the biological.

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      Ashleigh Johnstone answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I love psychology because it’s basically about trying to solve the mysteries of human behaviour to help us find out why people behave the way they do!

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      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I don’t have a particular mystery but general problem solving. Harder the problem, better the “good feeling” you get when you finally figure it out.

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      Mark Ridgill answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      Making molecules using chemistry throws up lots of mysteries:

      what didn’t that reaction work for this particular starting material?
      What is the mystery product I’ve made?
      Why did I choose science?

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      Christie Waddington answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      My job involves solving how to purify a medical drug. Medical drugs are proteins, so they each have their own characteristics. Sometimes these characteristics make them difficult to work with, so we have to work out the chemistry behind it and see if we can use the right chemicals and methods to make it work. Some challenges are harder than others, but thats what makes the job fun and interesting!

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      Isabelle Luk Hang answered on 20 Mar 2024:

      I like to solve engineering problems and not just in my career fields but through different challenges in my everyday life ;
      Fixing a furniture or assembling it together
      Lego building

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 21 Mar 2024:

      i quite like cross word puzzles..

      but when im at work i love the complex and challenging sample types we can get in to X-ray as it can take quite alot of work to get the right answer

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      Michael Schubert answered on 23 Mar 2024:

      I’m interested in all kinds of mysteries! In science, I think the ones I like most are the ones that have a biological component – so ones that relate to our bodies, our health, animals, plants, the relationships between living things and the world around us… everything about life intrigues me. That’s also what I’ve studied most, so it’s what I’m best at solving.

      But if I’m honest, I think I’d have to say that any science mystery I find out about will inspire me, even if I don’t know very much about it – because then I can just go and learn more!

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      Jennifer Bolarinwa answered on 27 Mar 2024:

      Computers are a bit of mystery, so I would say figuring out what the computer is doing when I can’t get it to do what I want.

      Although we know what parts make a computer work, we can’t be sure of what’s going on in the CPU (the computer’s brain) at every exact moment. So, programmers rely on bits of code that get the computer to state what it’s doing at particular points in time or after a certain action is completed. It’s similar to humans. You never really know what’s on someone’s mind, they have to tell you first. And, sometimes, the computer doesn’t tell you much so you have to try different things to figure out what exactly has gone wrong.