Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer writes about science, medicine, and the environment for Slate and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Email him at Follow him on Twitter.

May 2 2013 2:49 PMThe Hunger GainsDo hunger strikes usually succeed?
April 30 2013 6:01 PMKing MeWhy do so many European countries still have monarchs?
April 9 2013 6:19 PMWeren’t We Supposed to Have Laser Guns by Now?Explaining the delay in 21st-century warfare.
April 3 2013 4:41 PMSeriously, How Do You Get to Sesame Street?How professional puppeteers learn their trade.
March 29 2013 2:01 PMWhen and Why Did We Stop Crucifying People?The slow death of an ancient torture method.
March 27 2013 4:34 PMWon’t Somebody Think of the ChildrenDo opponents of marriage equality always claim that they’re merely worried about the kids?
March 21 2013 3:32 PMNothing a Coat of Paint Can’t FixIs it legal to wear nothing but body paint in public?
March 15 2013 5:51 PMWhy Do We Suspend Misbehaving Students?Don’t they want to go home?
March 13 2013 1:20 PMToo High to LieCan truth serum prove that James Holmes is sane?
March 7 2013 12:11 PMWhy Do Russians Love Ballet So Much?The country has conquered the ballet world.
Feb. 28 2013 11:34 AMAmicus CuriousWill a Republican friend-of-the-court brief tip the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage?
Feb. 25 2013 3:47 PMWhy Don’t Americans (Knowingly) Eat Horse Meat?Horse meat has been found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs.
Feb. 20 2013 11:38 AMNot Guilty By Reason of GrogginessWe are confused when we wake up. Could Oscar Pistorius use that as a defense?
Feb. 14 2013 1:54 PMBaseball Bats and Hammers Do Not Kill More People Than GunsWhy do people keep saying they do?
Feb. 8 2013 2:56 PMGo Ask Your FatherWhy can’t an 18-year-old athlete sign a letter of intent?
May 1 2013 12:17 PMHow Do You Load a Cargo Plane?After a horrific crash in Afghanistan, a guide to positions, locks, and load masters.
April 10 2013 3:15 PMThe World’s Most Indifferent BodyDo Senate debates ever change a senator’s mind?
April 4 2013 3:12 PMHow a Bill Becomes Not a LawWhat happens to unconstitutional state laws? Can they just stay on the books forever?
April 2 2013 3:17 PMCapital DecisionJames Holmes’ prosecutors will seek the death penalty. How do they decide that?
March 28 2013 3:08 PMHow Good Is a $30,000 Bottle of Wine?Some are excellent, others undrinkable.
March 22 2013 3:18 PMThere Goes the NeighborhoodWhat happens to your home’s value when a registered sex offender moves in next door?
March 20 2013 3:44 PMOne Catholic, Two Catholics, Three Catholics ...Why can’t demographers agree about how many Catholics are in the United States?
March 14 2013 3:45 PMUnus Pulmo What’s life like for a one-lunged pope?
March 8 2013 12:53 PMIs Criminality Genetic?The family that preys together ...
March 6 2013 9:41 AMWhy Did Hugo Chávez Hate the United States So Much?He once wielded a ceremonial gavel at the New York Stock Exchange.
Feb. 27 2013 1:04 PMBig Breweries, Small BrewsWhy are American beers so weak?
Feb. 21 2013 5:47 AMIs It True What They Say About Men With Big Feet?The difficulties of taking the true measure of a man.
Feb. 15 2013 1:17 PMTax HolidayShould you stash your money in the Cayman Islands?
Feb. 13 2013 1:39 PMHow Do You Win a Gunfight?With a fast hand.
Feb. 7 2013 2:29 PMWhy Doesn’t the Postal Service Make Money?What do UPS and FedEx know that the USPS doesn’t?




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

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

Medical Examiner

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.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Right of Free Speech
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.