"Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why?"
Well, being a molecular biologist with a pretty tight feed into the proteomics and genomics arena, my alternate career would whimsically (and in constrast) have something to do with astronomy - i.e. looking at big things far away. In particular, the sort that means I'm already beyond good with mathematics, dabble a bit in rocket design (just so that I can say I'm a rocket scientist), and of course the most important part would be free access to some mother of a telescope.
I just think that would be wonderful. I still remember fighting with one of those Sears brand telescopes, zoning in on something interesting and fighting with the Earth's rotation as every lit blur you found slid away from view. But then, wow, the impression of seeing a planet (Saturn) for the first time through a telescope. That was really quite breathtaking.
Mind you, if the question didn't specify a scientific endeavour, then it's rock star all the way baby...
DAVE NG PLAYS GUITAR AND IS PRETTY SURE HE'D BE A ROCK STAR BY NOW, IF HE ALSO HAD THESE
Eddie Vedder on vox.
Sting on bass.
Ringo on drums. Anybody on drums.
Thom Yorke doing backing vocals
A duet with Beyonce.
Lyrics by Margaret Atwood.
Samantha Fox's breasts.
A wardrobe malfunction.
Dave Matthew's Band in the studio.
A studio with amps that go to eleven.
A cameo in a Woody Allen movie. A cameo in a Jackie Chan movie.
A mention in Bono's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
A mention on American Idol.
Blessing from the Pope.
Permission from my wife.
having a backside like betty rubble (a la waynes world) would also help.
oh, and a flock of seagulls hairdo wouldn't hurt either.