Daniel Engber
Daniel Engber Daniel Engber

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

Culture Gabfest
Jan. 9 2013 11:50 AMThe 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.
Books
Jan. 4 2013 11:54 PMGorillas Watching TVBehind the scenes at the zoo.
Explainer
Dec. 18 2012 9:15 AMThe Unanswered Questions, 2012 EditionWhy do the rich and famous always sunbathe topless? Plus other bafflers from the Explainer's year-end roundup.
Brow Beat
Nov. 21 2012 3:27 PMListen to Slate's Spoiler Special for Life of Pi
Food
Nov. 16 2012 12:42 PMAgainst NatureWhy the government doesn’t—and shouldn’t—regulate which foods are “natural.”
Science
Nov. 1 2012 2:51 PMSandy’s Toll on Medical ResearchWhere’s the worst place for an animal lab? In the basement.
Food
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.
Science
Oct. 2 2012 8:33 AMThe Internet Blowhard’s Favorite PhraseWhy do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation?
Science
Sept. 13 2012 1:15 PMFuzzy and FizzyThe contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
Culturebox
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.
Science
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.
Science
July 5 2012 3:53 PMLost in the WildernessThe military's misadventures in pixelated camouflage.
Science
June 18 2012 3:12 PMTest-Tube PiggiesHow did the guinea pig become a symbol of science?
Sports Nut
Jan. 8 2013 5:45 PMIn Defense of Mike ShanahanWhy the Redskins coach shouldn't be attacked for playing Robert Griffin III.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 19 2012 11:48 AMThe 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.
Culturebox
Dec. 13 2012 6:44 PMYou and Your Precious 24 fpsIn defense of The Hobbit’s increased frame rate.
Science
Nov. 20 2012 4:10 PMWho Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.
Politics
Nov. 7 2012 3:57 AMSilver MedalObama’s big win does not mean Nate Silver is a towering electoral genius.
Science
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?
Science
Oct. 23 2012 12:05 PMHeaven Help UsAnother “Harvard brain scientist” finds faith and tells the world.
Books
Oct. 5 2012 11:13 PMTruth DecayA network scientist examines the lifespan of a fact.
Movies
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?
Science
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
Design
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

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