UnmatchedThe system for placing medical school graduates in residency programs is inefficient and ugly.
In Medicine We TrustShould we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?
Have a Great Day, Honey, and Don’t Get EbolaAre we doing enough to protect U.S. health care workers?
Mellow, Paranoid, Happy, or MeanWhy do people respond so differently to the same drugs?
Did Elliot Rodger’s Therapists Fail?What prevents law enforcement and mental health professionals from stopping a killer?
Are No-Kill Shelters Good for Cats and Dogs?The animal welfare world’s vicious fight about what it means to be humane.
Allergies Are the Real Midlife CrisisIs there a way to stop allergies from re-emerging during your 30s?
Are Hackathons the Future of Medical Innovation?A new way to think about progress in health care.
Mitochondrial Disease or Medical Child Abuse?Justina Pelletier’s case is a study in diagnostic challenges.
Tug of WarWe’re on the verge of the greatest public health triumph of the 21st century.
New Year’s Eve at the Space StationHow do astronauts hurtling through space decide when it becomes 2015?
Lyme-IlliterateNew York is about to change its medical misconduct law to protect quacks.
Political Hack, Medical QuackGlenn Beck says he has adrenal fatigue. Endocrinologists beg to differ.
Why Does Your Body Do These Strange Things?Doctors explain Reddit’s list of bizarre and secret bodily behaviors.
“Did All the Girls PT?”Free pregnancy tests are a good way to fight fetal alcohol syndrome. Condoms are better.
Quacking All the Way to the BankNaturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense.
If Your Veterinarian Offers Acupuncture, Find a Different VetSticking needles in your dog won’t make it feel better.
Jonas Salk: Good at Virology, Bad at EconomicsHe didn’t patent his vaccine, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t.
Feed the World
Why Does China Not Have Famines Anymore?Two competing explanations for the end of 2,000 years of starvation.
Fertility Clinic Data Means Bad MedicineSuccess rates are misleading and often dishonest.
Roads & Kingdoms
Marooned in the Desert Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
College Students Are Not Customers This idiotic political shorthand needs to die, once and for all.
The XX Factor
Duggar Revelations Are Just the Latest Sex Abuse Scandal to Rock Far-Right Fundamentalism
What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Honeybees at a Crossroads Drought, pesticides, diseases—it’s not a good time to be a bee.
Raindrops Are Mathematically Impossible Discover why every drop of rain is a minor mathematical miracle.