What’s in “Bad Heroin”?The mysterious drug cocktail that may have killed Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Do Whales Kill People?Most collisions between boats and whales are accidental. But not all.
Paul Ryan Is the Early, Early Favorite in IowaWhat do polls years before an election really tell us?
Was Brittany Murphy Poisoned?An iffy new autopsy report shows she had heavy metals in her hair.
In Sickness and in HealthMarriage may extend your life, but it also contributes to obesity.
Where Are All the Miracle Drugs?The human genome was sequenced about 13 years ago. We were supposed to have major medical advances in a decade.
Ditch Your Loyalty CardsLong receipts filled with coupons and free sandwich giveaways are a crutch for bad businesses.
Bring on the Foreign DoctorsThey’re just as good as the homegrown variety. So why don’t we let them practice here?
What Happens in Racial Sensitivity Training?How counselors will try to talk the racism out of Riley Cooper.
I Wish I Was a Little Bit ShorterThe research is clear: Being tall is hazardous to your health.
The New York Times Teaches the ControversyBoth sides are not equal when it comes to chronic Lyme disease.
Why Norovirus Is Such a MenaceThe amazing little pathogen does so much more than cause cruise-ship disease.
Alcoholics Anonymous vs. the DoctorsCould new addiction medications replace mutual-help groups?
Would James Madison Have Agreed With Edward Snowden?What the Fourth Amendment originally meant.
Should We Hold Thanksgiving Earlier?The economic impacts of this year’s shortened holiday season.
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?The physical effects of training for world records and freediving.
Ricky Schroder Tries to Be Erin BrockovichOrdinary people cannot detect cancer clusters. We should stop trying.
Why Are So Many Kids Getting Myopia?Spending too much time indoors may impair children’s vision.
A Dog’s LifeAn infectious disease forces us to consider how many dogs a human life is worth.
The Case Against the Annual CheckupGoing to the doctor when you’re not sick does more harm than good.
1,776 Feet. What a Letdown.The Manhattan skyline is a monument to competitive spirit. So why did One World Trade Center settle for fourth place?
Do Other Countries Have “Stand Your Ground” Laws?Or do they require you to slowly back away?
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
The Irritating Confidante John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s It really began at a girls’ reform school.
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Behind the Scenes
Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.