How to Quit Drinking For ‘Sober for October’

There was a point in my mid 20s where I had a solid 4-beer-a-day habit. At the time I was dating a brewer and my entire social life just happened to be tied to beer. Going out at night to meet friends for a beer or cracking open a few bottles a pal had brought back from a recent trip (or that my boyfriend had just…

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Saving the World, One Science Fair at a Time

When I was 16, I participated in the Montgomery County, Maryland science fair. My entry was--as I recognized even at the time--a fairly middling effort, more a research project than an original experiment. I was not surprised when I walked away with an appropriately middling "honorable mention" in my category. It was an inspiring experience anyway, for reasons that are perceptively captured in the marvelous new documentary Science Fair. The culture of the science fair is one of profound o

How to Get Your U.S. Passport Fast

My first passport was stamped exactly one time for a trip to Jamaica when I was 17. My current passport is on its very last pages, but its first one almost didn’t get stamped at all because it arrived just a few days before a trip to London a few years ago.

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@52CitScientists

The idea for the @52CitScientists Twitter account sprang from a conversation between Mar Dixon and Darlene Cavalier. Soon after, they enlisted Zsófi Szendrei to grow the account and make it a success. Mar Dixon is a self-described “troublemaker for sectors who need a kick up the bum.” SciStarter has a unique connection with her, because Mar Dixon is sister to Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter’s founder! When SciStarter interviewed her, she was preparing for “Ask a Curator” Day, one of the m

These Airlines Offer Free In-Flight Messaging

Competition amongst airlines has had a few solid benefits for flyers over the past few years. Free meals on domestic flights (or at least upgraded sac options) are starting to make a comeback, and now a number of airlines have started offering free messaging on flights as well.

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These Airlines Offer Free In-Flight Messaging

Competition amongst airlines has had a few solid benefits for flyers over the past few years. Free meals on domestic flights (or at least upgraded sac options) are starting to make a comeback, and now a number of airlines have started offering free messaging on flights as well.

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Prevent Apps From Tracking if You’ve Opened an Email With This Gmail Extension

A few years ago a friend told me about Streak, a Gmail extension that allows you to track whether your email has been opened. For me it was a game changer, simply because it allowed me to have some concept of whether or not a message had made it to the person I intended or had gotten stuck in a spam folder in…

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How to Remove Your Phone Number From Facebook

This week a TechCrunch article revealed that Facebook is using phone numbers users have provided as a security measure for two-factor authentication as a way to send targeted ads to those users.

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Should a Scientist Run NASA?

With every President comes a new NASA administrator, and the current admin, Jim Bridenstine, has raised a number of eyebrows. The strongest reaction to Bridenstine’s appointment comes from his lack of a science background, though more recent reports say he has changed his mind on climate change and does believe humans are responsible and can curb the effects we're having on the planet. Nevertheless, the immediate knee-jerk reaction I saw from the space community raised the question is of whe

“Rick and Morty” Sting Predatory Journals

Last year I wrote and published a fake 'scientific paper' to highlight the problem of predatory scientific journals. My article, following in the tradition of earlier fake journal 'stings', was complete nonsense, full of Star Wars references and quotes, but it was published by a number of dodgy journals. Now, another sci-fi sting has taken place, based this time on Rick and Morty. The stinger, Farooq Ali Khan, created a hilarious paper called Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites

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