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.
Just Hit the Damn DeerExpert advice about how to drive safely among North America’s most dangerous animals.
What Makes Children Stop Believing in Santa Claus?Parents say one thing. Physics says another.
Merry and BrightChristmas decorations are visible from space.
Out ColdWhat really happens to your body temperature when you drink.
Taser of the WildElectric eels shock prey just like Tasers stun human victims.
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.
Surprise!The most important skill in science or self-improvement is noticing the unexpected.
It’s a BirdCinereous mourner chicks seem to mimic toxic caterpillars both in appearance and behavior.
A Toast to the Safe Drinking Water ActIts radical idea—tap water should be safe to drink—has been a huge, underappreciated success.
Red States Are Getting a New Shade of RedderThe people who deny climate change are most likely to suffer from it.
The Strange Rise of Carnivorous PlantsTracing the first fossil of an insect-killing plant.