Amanda Schaffer

Amanda Schaffer is a science and medical columnist for Slate.

The XX Factor
Dec. 6 2013 11:46 AMThe Best Science Picture Books of 2013 (Including One That Explains Where Babies Really Come From)
May 16 2013 12:03 PMHow to Superpower the Immune SystemNew strategies for fighting disease in newborns, the elderly, and cancer patients.
Nov. 19 2012 4:00 AMDo Coal Plants Really Kill People?Why Romney was right.
Sept. 20 2012 4:00 AMParents, Don’t Panic Over West NileChildren are actually the least likely to get really sick from it.
Aug. 15 2012 4:00 AMIf Your Baby Girl Might Be Born With a Small PenisWould you treat her prenatally with a drug of uncertain risk?
Oct. 21 2011 7:11 AMThe Placenta Is Not a War ZoneEven though a father’s and mother’s genes differ, that doesn’t mean pregnancy is a “battle of the sexes.”
July 28 2011 11:50 AMWhat Can Our Telomeres Tell Us?Buzzy new DNA tests claim to reveal how "old" our bodies really are.
April 26 2011 12:37 PMFolic Acid Follies Pregnant women should stop popping these pills like candy.
The XX Factor
Jan. 19 2011 8:22 AMOvulating Woman Seeks Better Science
Nov. 29 2010 3:58 PMHow to Buck Up the Science LadiesAn easy way to boost women's scores in physics.
Oct. 21 2010 10:30 AMThe Last Word on Fetal TRebecca Jordan-Young's masterful critique of the research on the relationship between testosterone and sex difference.
Sept. 27 2010 3:03 PMHow Much Does Prenatal Influence Matter?
July 21 2010 10:10 AMSoon You May Have Silk in Your Brain The many magical medical uses of silk.
Doublex Health
March 24 2010 7:09 AMWhich Dirt Should Your Baby Eat?Mapping how bugs and viruses help children develop immunity.
Doublex Health
Feb. 18 2010 12:16 PMNavel GazingShould you bank your baby's umbilical-cord blood?
Oct. 18 2013 7:38 AM“Could You Be an Animal If You Didn’t Have Any Bones?”The picture book that will show your kid how evolution works.
Feb. 20 2013 7:00 AMThe Mommy Worry WarsAnxiety doesn’t make it harder to get pregnant or have a healthy baby.
Oct. 17 2012 8:20 AMShould You Go to the Drugstore for Your Flu Shots?Yes, and for shingles and whooping cough, too.
Sept. 5 2012 2:13 AMWhy Are Babies Dying of Old-Fashioned Whooping Cough?It’s not just the fault of parents who don’t vaccinate their kids.
Five-ring Circus
July 25 2012 7:30 AMGender GamesThe Olympics has a new way to test whether athletes are men or women. Is it fair?
Sept. 30 2011 7:21 AMDid Human Pregnancy Evolve Because of an Infection?
Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb.
Medical Examiner
July 20 2011 7:06 AMIs Yogurt Good for You?The pros and cons of probiotics.
Jan. 31 2011 10:12 AMWarm Heart, Cold HandsAre women really more likely to feel cold than men?
Jan. 10 2011 6:53 AMThalidomide's ComebackWho'd have thought the drug would have a second life?
Nov. 8 2010 6:50 AMIs Cancer Our Evil, Smarter Twin?A new metaphor may tell us what we need to know about the disease.
Sept. 29 2010 7:09 AMAre Pregnant Women Really More Xenophobic?
Sept. 26 2010 9:27 AMHow Does Anxiety Affect Fetal Development?
Doublex Health
April 26 2010 6:55 AMThe Young and the RestlessWhy the tricks for better sleeping are different for babies and adults.
March 18 2010 12:54 PMStopping Suicide 101The dilemma of college students who threaten to kill themselves.
Nov. 17 2009 11:25 AMScreen Saver?When it comes to cancer screening, more isn't always better.




Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Why Men Can Never Remember Anything

The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Why Men Can Never Remember Anything

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 1:56 PM Scotland’s Attack on the Status Quo Expect more political earthquakes across Europe.
Sept. 19 2014 12:09 PM How Accelerators Have Changed Startup Funding
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Why Men Never Remember Anything
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Sept. 19 2014 2:06 PM The Guest and Fort Bliss How do we tell the stories of soldiers returning home from war?
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 12:38 PM Forward, March! Nine leading climate scientists urge you to attend the People’s Climate March.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PM The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola  The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.