Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer is Slate's chief explainer. He also writes How and Why and Ecologic for the Washington Post. Email him at explainerbrian@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Medical Examiner
April 23 2014 7:27 AMShould You Buy Illegal Foreign Sunscreens?
History of Innovation
April 13 2014 9:21 PMJonas Salk: Good at Virology, Bad at EconomicsHe didn’t patent his vaccine, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t.
Feed the World
April 2 2014 8:31 AMWhy Does China Not Have Famines Anymore?Two competing explanations for the end of 2,000 years of starvation.
Medical Examiner
March 26 2014 11:10 AMFertility Clinic Data Means Bad MedicineSuccess rates are misleading and often dishonest.
Science
March 16 2014 10:45 PMBehold the Tiny Diamond That Revealed an Ocean’s Worth of Water
Medical Examiner
March 13 2014 11:32 AMShould It Really Take 14 Years to Become a Doctor?It’s time to experiment with medical school.
Medical Examiner
March 7 2014 11:38 AMGod Is Dead. Long Live Downward Dog.How Americans replaced therapeutic prayer with therapeutic yoga.
Future Tense
Feb. 28 2014 10:01 AMThis Deep-Diving Suit May Save You From Cancer
Medical Examiner
Feb. 18 2014 11:43 PMHimalayan Bath Salts Will Not Save Your LifeWhy are so many Facebook friends sharing preposterous stories from Natural News?
Medical Examiner
Jan. 30 2014 11:22 PMWhy Norovirus Is Such a MenaceThe amazing little pathogen does so much more than cause cruise-ship disease.
Medical Examiner
Jan. 15 2014 11:40 AMAlcoholics Anonymous vs. the DoctorsCould new addiction medications replace mutual-help groups?
Explainer
Dec. 17 2013 4:00 PMWould James Madison Have Agreed With Edward Snowden?What the Fourth Amendment originally meant.
Explainer
Nov. 20 2013 2:45 PMShould We Hold Thanksgiving Earlier?The economic impacts of this year’s shortened holiday season.
Explainer
Nov. 18 2013 5:22 PMHow Long Can You Hold Your Breath?The physical effects of training for world records and freediving.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 24 2013 11:41 AMRicky Schroder Tries to Be Erin BrockovichOrdinary people cannot detect cancer clusters. We should stop trying.
Medical Examiner
April 14 2014 2:36 PMAllergies Are the Real Midlife CrisisIs there a way to stop allergies from re-emerging during your 30s?
Cross-Pollination
April 10 2014 5:04 PMAre Hackathons the Future of Medical Innovation?A new way to think about progress in health care.
Medical Examiner
April 1 2014 11:31 PMMitochondrial Disease or Medical Child Abuse?Justina Pelletier’s case is a study in diagnostic challenges.
Medical Examiner
March 20 2014 7:48 AMLet’s Get Quackery Out of Cancer CareReiki and reflexology have no place in hospitals.
Explainer
March 14 2014 1:24 PMMeasles Is Back, This Time in New York City. Should I Get Revaccinated?
Explainer
March 10 2014 6:12 PMTerrorists Have Not Claimed Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Does That Mean It Wasn’t a Terrorist Attack?
Science
March 5 2014 9:15 AMWhat Is the Answer to Zeno’s Paradox?Why Achilles actually can catch a tortoise in a race.
Medical Examiner
Feb. 27 2014 11:44 PMGet Ready for the Next Big Medical FightIs sensory processing disorder a real disease?
Explainer
Feb. 3 2014 3:17 PMWhat’s in “Bad Heroin”?The mysterious drug cocktail that may have killed Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Medical Examiner
Jan. 22 2014 11:52 PMCooking Up Cancer?It wouldn’t be crazy to give up grilled, smoked, or fried food.
Explainer
Dec. 19 2013 4:31 PMDo Whales Kill People?Most collisions between boats and whales are accidental. But not all.
Explainer
Dec. 16 2013 3:16 PMPaul Ryan Is the Early, Early Favorite in IowaWhat do polls years before an election really tell us?
Explainer
Nov. 19 2013 3:46 PMWas Brittany Murphy Poisoned?An iffy new autopsy report shows she had heavy metals in her hair.
Billion to One
Nov. 15 2013 8:08 AMBig-Bucks BacteriaIs there money to be found inside the human gut?
Future Tense
Oct. 23 2013 7:45 AMIn Sickness and in HealthMarriage may extend your life, but it also contributes to obesity.

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