A Very Special Pi DayHow’d you celebrate, kid? “We ate pie and memorized digits.”
In Your EyesThe perfect eyelash length—and how extensions destroy it.
The Rustiest Place in AmericaThese hours of trespassing were the most adventurous of my research into rust.
A Firm OdorSecretly recorded lab footage shows test subjects sniffed their hands after handshakes.
What Colors Did You See?Take a poll to help guide research on the ambiguous dress.
Can Animals Be Altruistic?How the flying V may be a rare example of “reciprocal altruism."
Are Corporations Putting Feathers in Your Food?The Food Babe’s disgusting claims are baloney.
A Loving TouchNeurobiology recommends warm skin and moderate pressure, moving at 1 inch per second.
Climate Hacking Is Barking MadYou can’t fix the Earth with these geoengineering proposals, but you can sure make it worse.
Are Your Medications Safe?The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. My students and I dug it up.
Plush LifeWhy did people lose their minds over Beanie Babies?
The GynandromorphsA phenomenon observed in insects, crustaceans, and birds results in animals that are both female and male.
The Science of MmmHow food and drink tickle the brain’s pleasure centers.
How Do Bowhead Whales Live Longer Than 200 Years?Researchers just mapped their genome for the first time to find out.
The Truth About “Mysterious” Mass Bird DeathsWhy they will continue to happen.
Father’s Tracks Are MeltingThe future of cross-country skiing’s historic race.
A Real DragMercedes-Benz modeled a car on the boxfish. Only it completely misunderstood the boxfish.
The Kids Are All RightHave we made our children into moral monsters?
God Is My Co-PilotThinking about religion makes people take risks.
Lessons From the DressVision is fundamentally ambiguous—but usually not this ambiguous.
What Gives Popcorn Its Pop?Slow-motion video shows why kernels leap and emit their distinctive sound.
Step Outside YourselfMeditation says to focus on the present. But life may be more meaningful if you don’t.
How Not to Be the Next Brian WilliamsTen ways to avoid false memories.
The Strangest Sunrise in AmericaWhat caused this beautiful scene in northern New Mexico?
The Zombie Science of Bad DancingAn undead news item takes another turn around the floor.
Slate Voice: “James Watson Throws a Fit”Listen to Laura Helmuth read her piece about the tarnished legacy of a Nobel laureate.
Soft Football, Hard ScienceA rumble over physics and statistics has turned this year’s pregame hype into a classic test of mental toughness.
Secret SauceUmami is what makes savory foods so delicious.
Why Do We Like Bitter Foods?There are receptors for bitter compounds all over your body.
English Is the Language of ScienceThat’s lousy luck for scientists in most of the world.