Daniel Engber Daniel Engber

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

Oct. 29 2012 6:45 PMFlying Air Conditioners: A Minor Study in Risk AssessmentIn a hurricane, is it more dangerous to leave your A/C in the window or try to remove it?
Oct. 23 2012 12:05 PMHeaven Help UsAnother “Harvard brain scientist” finds faith and tells the world.
Oct. 5 2012 11:13 PMTruth DecayA network scientist examines the lifespan of a fact.
Sept. 20 2012 4:55 PMHead GamesSteve James’ new concussion documentary overstates the evidence on head injuries in sports.
Future Tense
Sept. 7 2012 2:26 PMBetter Than Steroids?The hype behind Stanford’s magic “cooling glove” for athletes.
Sports Nut
Aug. 20 2012 5:30 PMThe Most Dangerous GameIs baseball really more hazardous to players’ health than football?
Aug. 1 2012 3:44 AMDon't Sweat ItThe case against the case against air conditioning.
Brow Beat
July 6 2012 2:02 PMWhy Kanye West Loves Lesbians
June 27 2012 6:30 AMUgly ButtonsHow did the remote control get so awful and confusing?
Brow Beat
June 17 2012 10:55 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think of the Season Finale of Girls
Sports Nut
May 30 2012 5:02 PMPart-Time SluggerDo baseball players try harder in their contract years?
Brow Beat
May 20 2012 10:52 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think of the Sixth Episode of Girls
Culture Gabfest
May 16 2012 11:53 AMThe Culture Gabfest, “Heeeeere's Johnny (Depp)” EditionListen to Slate's show about the new Dark Shadows adaptation, the documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, and the furor over concussions in football.
May 9 2012 6:13 PMThe Concussion PanicWhy are we so convinced that football head injuries lead to suicide?
April 30 2012 2:35 PMHomo Say What?Are homophobes secretly gay? A new study purports to prove it.
Oct. 25 2012 3:48 AMThe SlimingHow processed beef trimmings got rebranded, again and again and again.
Human Evolution
Oct. 9 2012 11:08 AMAre Humans Monogamous or Polygamous?Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree: It’s complicated.
Oct. 2 2012 8:33 AMThe Internet Blowhard’s Favorite PhraseWhy do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation?
Sept. 13 2012 1:15 PMFuzzy and FizzyThe contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
Aug. 21 2012 5:59 PMThe Pleasures of YouTube in Three DimensionsThere’s marvelous 3-D video on the site, and you don’t need glasses to see it.
Aug. 2 2012 3:45 AMIs Air Conditioning Bad for You?The biology and ideology of home cooling.
A Fine Whine
July 12 2012 2:09 PMStarry BlightHow a bunch of peasants in Mesopotamia ruined the night sky.
July 5 2012 3:53 PMLost in the WildernessThe military's misadventures in pixelated camouflage.
June 18 2012 3:12 PMTest-Tube PiggiesHow did the guinea pig become a symbol of science?
Brow Beat
June 3 2012 10:55 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think of the Latest Episode of Girls
May 29 2012 6:45 AMDodgy BoffinsWhat's wrong with science journalism in the U.K.?
May 17 2012 6:40 PMEating BabiesA study of youth horticulture.
Brow Beat
May 13 2012 10:50 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think of the Fifth Episode of Girls
Brow Beat
May 6 2012 10:55 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think of the Fourth Episode of Girls
Brow Beat
April 15 2012 11:00 PMWhat a Bunch of Guys Think About the New HBO Series Girls




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.