European Orbiter Finds No Methane in Mars’ Atmosphere, Puzzling Scientists

Methane on Mars There's a methane mystery brewing on Mars. Scientists first detected traces of methane gas on Mars years ago, and it was exciting because the compound is a sign of life here on Earth. But a European orbiter has yet to find any evidence of methane in the planet's atmosphere, despite being expressly made for the purpose. It's complicating scientists' search for life on the Red Planet. Traces of methane were first detected in Mars’ atmosphere by the European Space Agenc

How to Join This Week’s Facebook Boycott

Any day is a good day to boycott Facebook, but today is especially perfect. Yesterday the Senate Intelligence Committee released two reports on Russian propaganda and its use of social media. Russia’s Internet Research Agency used Facebook and Instagram extensively to target people of various political stripes, with…

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The Posts We Hated Writing in 2018

Trust us, we did not enjoy telling you that steaming your vagina could burn you. Nor did we really want to write any of the posts below. But we live in the real world, where people consider doing harmful things to themselves and others. Like putting two spaces after a period. Here are the posts that we wish we hadn’t…

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Tuesday’s Best Deals: Anker USB-C Chargers, Last Minute Gifts, Cole Haan Sale, and More

A discounted UE Boom, a Bonobos site-wide sale, Rosetta Stone, and a cheap copy of Breaking Bad kick off Tuesday’s best deals.

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Use These Simple Tricks to Get Back Your Full Security Deposit

What exactly is “broom-swept” anyway?

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How to Count the Time Until a Date From Your Mac’s Menu Bar

I’ve been thinking a lot about countdown timers lately, partly because I’m always curious how long it’ll be until the next major holiday (like the debut of Star Wars: Episode IX), and partly because Lifehacker Editor-in-Chief Melissa stumbled across the Progress Bar app and I was curious if there was a cheaper way to…

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12 Days of Christmasy Citizen Science

Our editors found 12 projects related to the 12 Days of Christmas jingle. Ok, some are a stretch, but we hope you enjoy our holiday edition! We have some exciting developments on the horizon. Will you please take a moment to update your dashboard settings so you can really make the most of the new features in the new year? Thank you. Cheers! The SciStarter Team On the 1st Day of Christmas, Trees Please gave to me: A partridge in a pear tree when measuring air quality and tree

A Second X Chromosome Could Explain Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Women have an average life expectancy that's about 4 years longer than men's – regardless of culture or geography. Even among animal species, females outlive males. Why females have an advantage in the longevity department hadn’t been well understood. In the past, some had assumed it had to do with lifestyle. But scientists say there may be a genetic mechanism underlying this age-old phenomenon. In a new study, researchers found that mice with two X chromosomes lived longer, regardless of

Stroking a Baby During Medical Procedures Really Can Reduce an Infant’s Pain

Protecting an infant from pain may be a matter of instinct. In a new study, researchers show that gently stroking babies during medical procedures, as parents intuitively do, reduces infants’ feelings of pain about as well as applying a topical anesthetic. The discovery suggests touch and tactile stimulation are effective means to mollify pain in newborns and an alternative to using drugs. "Touch seems to have analgesic potential without the risk of side effects,” Rebeccah Slater, a pedia

Astronomers Have Found the Most Distant Dwarf Planet in the Solar System to Date

A Far-Out Planet An ambitious team of astronomers has discovered the most “far out” object ever observed in our Solar System. The object, a pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 and nicknamed “Farout,” lies more than 100 times further from the sun than the Earth is. This discovery, made by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard, the University of Hawaii’s David Tholen and Northern Arizona University’s Chad Trujillo, was formally announced today (Dec. 17) by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor

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