Is the Death Rate Really Increasing for Middle-Aged White Americans?I ran the numbers, and the story isn’t as simple as it seems.
An Honest Biography of Sally RideRide’s partner wrote a children’s book that I wish I’d read as a kid.
“There Is Just No Program Like the LWCF”Congress is letting a 51-year-old, incredibly successful parks program disappear.
Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Protector of the Planet?Pope Francis comes to the United States to preach for action on climate change.
The Great Quake and the Great DrowningIndigenous people’s terrifying tsunami stories are a history and a warning.
What Happened at Slate This Week?International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
Why We Can Be Hopeful About Climate ChangeThis should be the year we turn to preparing for the future.
The Psychology of StatisticsIn the coin flip paradox, you have to know what the coin flipper is thinking.
“Hot Hands” in Basketball Are RealExperts have been arguing about these statistics for decades; now we know why.
Your Vestigial Muscles Try to Pivot Your Ears Like a Cat’sWe are a glorious mish-mash of evolutionary history.
Thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund for These ParksAfter more than 50 years of protecting land for the public, this successful program was allowed to die.
Doubt Denies DenialThe Associated Press’ new style guideline mischaracterizes people who reject climate science.
Slate Voice: “The Case Against the Case Against Air Conditioning”Listen to Daniel Engber read about the moral justification for using air conditioning and why it isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet.
History’s Greatest Comet FinderAmateurs have bagged more comets in a few years on the Internet than all astronomers in the past combined.
What Happened at Slate This Week?The best part of the week? Meeting members like you at happy hours in New York and D.C.