Brian Palmer
Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer covers science and medicine for Slate.

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Nov. 26 2012 1:44 PMWhither the Twinkie?If a company buys the Twinkie brand, what exactly will it get?
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Nov. 15 2012 4:37 PMCan We Bring Back the Stockades?The constitutionality of public shaming.
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Nov. 14 2012 5:47 PMDoes Janeane Garofalo Have To Amend 20 Years of Tax Returns?A mini-Explainer on the comedian’s accidental 20-year marriage.
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Nov. 12 2012 5:28 PMHow Many Biographers Fall for Their Subjects?Plenty do, but few act on it.
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Nov. 9 2012 12:27 PMCharles Darwin Got 4,000 Votes in GeorgiaWhat happens when a protest candidate wins an election?
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Nov. 8 2012 3:18 PMHigh on ScienceHow do you get into a marijuana study?
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Nov. 7 2012 2:46 PMThe People Have Spoken. I Just Want To Add a Couple Things ...Who invented the concession speech?
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Nov. 5 2012 2:28 PMWhere’s Willard?Why doesn’t Mitt Romney have to use his legal name on the ballot?
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Nov. 1 2012 5:02 PMPolly Want a #$%@!A mini-Explainer on why parrots mimic us and why they seem to swear so much.
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Oct. 31 2012 3:20 PMElection v. SelectionAre appointed judges better than elected judges?
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Oct. 30 2012 2:05 PMWhy Do Transformers Explode?A mini-Explainer on how a little moisture may have blacked out much of Manhattan.
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Oct. 29 2012 2:05 PMHurricane YouA mini-Explainer on how to get a tropical storm named after yourself.
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Oct. 25 2012 4:26 PMOlde-Timey TalkA mini-Explainer on how to reconstruct extinct pronunciation patterns.
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Oct. 24 2012 4:07 PMWho Would Win in a Fight: a Modern Human or a Neanderthal?We beat them at evolution. But what about fisticuffs?
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Oct. 23 2012 12:27 PMDoes Lance Armstrong Have To Return His Yellow Jerseys?A mini-Explainer on the fate of Armstrong’s iconic shirts.
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Nov. 21 2012 1:35 PMWhite or Dark, but Never ScrambledWhy don’t Americans eat turkey eggs?
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Nov. 15 2012 3:38 PMThe Billion-Dollar StomachHow many dollars’ worth of diamonds can you swallow?
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Nov. 14 2012 3:51 PMCould the United States Join OPEC?We’ll be a net oil exporter in 20 years.
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Nov. 9 2012 3:24 PMThe Almighty DollarAre churches good money managers?
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Nov. 8 2012 5:29 PMSecretary Clinton IIIs Bill Clinton constitutionally eligible to be secretary of state?
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Nov. 7 2012 3:07 PMYou’re on Your Own, JavelinWhen will the Secret Service stop protecting Mitt Romney?
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Nov. 6 2012 11:20 AMWhy Are the Obamas Still Eligible To Vote in Illinois?A mini-Explainer on presidential voting options.
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Nov. 2 2012 4:57 PMCan Polls Change Elections?It’s possible, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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Nov. 1 2012 3:25 PMFree and Fair ElectionsCan Iowa and Texas legally bar international election monitors?
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Oct. 31 2012 8:05 AMThe Explainer Is At Your ServiceTell Slate’s chief Explainer what you really want to know about today’s news.
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Oct. 30 2012 12:32 PMCause of Death: HurricaneA mini-Explainer on how to tell if a death is storm-related
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Oct. 26 2012 12:54 PMLittle Lie DetectorsObama says kids can tell Romney is a fibber. Are children actually good at divining the truth?
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Oct. 25 2012 12:36 PMWhen Did Tanned Skin Become Fashionable?How Coco Chanel may have inspired Mitt Romney.
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Oct. 23 2012 5:18 PMSo You Want To Host a Debate?A mini-Explainer on why presidential debates are always on college campuses.
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Oct. 22 2012 3:48 PMDo Restraining Orders Work?Sunday’s shooting in Wisconsin typifies the shortcomings of our response to domestic violence.

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