The Miraculous Space Efficiency of HoneycombHexagons and the science of packing.
Could a Catastrophic Earthquake Really Destroy Seattle?Worried Pacific Northwesterners seek reassurance from geologists, who are the worst people to ask for reassurance.
Unhealthy FixationThe war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.
Is SeaWorld Honest About the Health and Safety of Captive Orcas?What’s barely truth and what’s missing in the troubled park’s latest ad campaign.
Bug-Out ScenariosHow do climate scientists cope with existential dread?
Inside Your SashimiWhy raw fish doesn’t make more people sick.
What You Really See in a Wildlife DocumentaryShark Week is a great time to read this insider’s account.
Bicycles Can Drive ThemselvesThe physics behind seemlingly magical ghost-ridden bicycles.
Baboon’s Best FriendAre Ethiopia’s gelada monkeys really domesticating local wolves?
Go and Pollute No MoreHow the pope’s climate-change message is playing in pews.
The Most Favored InsectButterfly collecting is more important than ever before.
What Could Go Wrong?The government is putting a pathogen-research lab in Tornado Alley.
Storm of the CenturyHow a 1900 Texas hurricane became the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
Just a SecondThe leap second may be a ticking time bomb.
Hoofing ItRacing physics, muscle fatigue, recovery chemistry: Welcome to the science of being a racehorse.
Catching FireWhy do we love to stare into open flames?
Slate Voice: “Unhealthy Fixation: The Misleading War on GMOs”Listen to Will Saletan explain why labeling won’t make you safer in his investigative study of the anti-GMO movement.
Science’s Superior SuperheroAnt-Man would be much more awesome if based on actual ants.
This Is How Scientists Detect Secret Nuclear TestsTheir methods include systems to monitor surface, underground, and underwater tests.
Everything You Need to Know About Shark Bites in North CarolinaPlus: What to do if you get a finned visitor at the beach.
Hot and BotheredAir conditioning isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet.
Look Beyond the LabelA supposedly sustainable fishery is harming Native Alaskans.
Are Cats Really Wild Animals?Experts clash over whether they count as a domesticated species.
In a Contest Between an Immovable Object and an Unstoppable Force, Who Wins?It all depends on if there actually is such a thing as an immovable object.
A Wheel DealEPA’s new standards for truck fuel efficiency may look daunting, but experts say they’re “easily achievable.”
Hold Your ZorsesThe sad truth about animal hybrids.
Living in the PastLandowners often loot or destroy archaeological sites. Is this new subdivision a solution?
Why Don’t We Just Kill All the Mosquitos?Entomologists have some bad news for you.
A Hiatus on “Hiatus”How global warming cranks influence legitimate science.
Wait, Mountains Can Be Bigger at The Top?Mountains are narrower at their apex, but they may still have a lot of surface area there.