The Truth About Elevator DeathsThey are vanishingly rare—but that doesn’t stop people from debating the best way to survive a sudden fall.
How Far Should We Go to Save Our Pets?Veterinarians with wondrous new treatments face an ethical dilemma.
Myths and Misreporting About Malaysia Airlines Flight 17Did a Dutch cyclist really almost take both doomed flights?
Don’t Feel Sorry for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.A Washington Post profile portrays him as passionate and sympathetic. He’s actually obsessive and dangerous.
What’s Wrong With Sentimentality?While critics sneer, scientists try to make sense of our love of weepy books and movies.
The Magnified View of a Rotifer in the Fight of Its Life As featured in Nikon's Small World in Motion competition.
How Not to Build a BrainNeuroscientists are battling over exceedingly ambitious EU and U.S. brain projects.
The Contradiction at the Heart of Road-TrippingThirteen ways to minimize your nature-loving drive’s cost to nature.
The Drowning DebacleOne of America’s most common causes of accidental death is also one of the most preventable.
Obama’s Chance to Save the WhalesKeep Navy sonar exercises out of the world’s largest ocean reserve.
Facebook’s Unethical ExperimentIt intentionally manipulated users’ emotions without their knowledge.
Slate Voice: “Who Is Middle Class?”Listen to Joshua Keating read his most popular post from the month of June.
Falling for Familiar NarrativesThe New York Times, Washington Post, and Time contribute to a week of spectacularly bad social science reporting.
Is Religion Good for Children?Secular children differ in happiness, mental health, and their grasp of reality.
What Is the Bloop?A sound recorded deep in the Pacific has been a lively mystery for years—even if it’s probably been solved.
How to Use More Than 10 Percent of Your BrainBe alive. Lucy perpetuates a strangely persistent myth.
AIDS Experts Killed in Plane CrashMissile strike from eastern Ukraine killed delegates flying to International AIDS Conference.
Tibetans’ Surprising InheritanceTheir adaptation to high altitude was passed down by Denisovan ancestors.
Charles Darwin! My Name Is Alex Agassiz. You Humiliated My Father.Prepare to have your theory of coral reefs disproved.
Developmental Psychology’s Weird ProblemAre we measuring basic facts about children? Or basic facts about rich kids?
Are Americans Turning Against the Death Penalty?Six reasons why support for capital punishment is evaporating.