Weren’t We Supposed to Have Laser Guns by Now?Explaining the delay in 21st-century warfare.
Won’t Somebody Think of the ChildrenDo opponents of marriage equality always claim that they’re merely worried about the kids?
Amicus CuriousWill a Republican friend-of-the-court brief tip the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage?
Why Don’t Americans (Knowingly) Eat Horse Meat?Horse meat has been found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs.
Not Guilty By Reason of GrogginessWe are confused when we wake up. Could Oscar Pistorius use that as a defense?
Baseball Bats and Hammers Do Not Kill More People Than GunsWhy do people keep saying they do?
How Do You Load a Cargo Plane?After a horrific crash in Afghanistan, a guide to positions, locks, and load masters.
How a Bill Becomes Not a LawWhat happens to unconstitutional state laws? Can they just stay on the books forever?
Capital DecisionJames Holmes’ prosecutors will seek the death penalty. How do they decide that?
There Goes the NeighborhoodWhat happens to your home’s value when a registered sex offender moves in next door?
One Catholic, Two Catholics, Three Catholics ...Why can’t demographers agree about how many Catholics are in the United States?
Why Did Hugo Chávez Hate the United States So Much?He once wielded a ceremonial gavel at the New York Stock Exchange.
Is It True What They Say About Men With Big Feet?The difficulties of taking the true measure of a man.
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.
The XX Factor
George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Right of Free Speech
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.
Bio-Inspiration Is Finally Delivering Inventions Based on Porcupines, Parasites, and Of Course Geckos
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.