The Mouse Trap
Septic ShockYears of research into inflammatory disease, costing billions of dollars in research funding, has been wasted on the lowly mouse.
A-Rod Hearts HGHWill a crackdown on (supposedly) performance-enhancing growth hormone just make the drug more popular?
The Culture Gabfest: Falling Off the Treadmill Vomiting EditionSlate's podcast about the year in movies, The Biggest Loser, and the decline of the American shopping mall.
The Unanswered Questions, 2012 EditionWhy do the rich and famous always sunbathe topless? Plus other bafflers from the Explainer's year-end roundup.
Head GamesSteve James’ new concussion documentary overstates the evidence on head injuries in sports.
Jonah Lehrer’s Mea Sorta CulpaHis problem cannot be solved with “standard operating procedures.”
Why Do the Rich and Famous Always Sunbathe Topless?An answer to the Explainer's 2012 Question of the Year.
In Defense of Mike ShanahanWhy the Redskins coach shouldn't be attacked for playing Robert Griffin III.
The Culture Gabfest: Trapped in a Glass Box With Dwarves EditionSlate's podcast about The Hobbit, the A&E series Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.
Are Humans Monogamous or Polygamous?Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree: It’s complicated.
The Internet Blowhard’s Favorite PhraseWhy do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation?
The Pleasures of YouTube in Three DimensionsThere’s marvelous 3-D video on the site, and you don’t need glasses to see it.
How Ferguson Changed America A year ago Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. What has followed has been the greatest national reckoning on racism since the beating of Rodney King.
Donald Trump Said It’s “Disgusting” to Pump Milk in Front of Colleagues. So We Found A Lady Who Did.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Aisha Harris rounds up some shocking, informative, and hilarious reads.
What Happens When We Get It Wrong? Slate’s Corrections Czar Talks About Our Policy on Errors and Typos.
The Unusual Mind of Clarice Lispector The Brazilian writer’s Complete Stories reveals she was a genius on the level of Nabokov.
It Took 22 Years for the Women’s 1,500-Meters Record to Fall. What's the Fastest Humans Can Possibly Run?