The Unanswered Questions, 2012 EditionWhy do the rich and famous always sunbathe topless? Plus other bafflers from the Explainer's year-end roundup.
Listen to Slate's Spoiler Special for Life of Pi
Against NatureWhy the government doesn’t—and shouldn’t—regulate which foods are “natural.”
Sandy’s Toll on Medical ResearchWhere’s the worst place for an animal lab? In the basement.
Heaven Help UsAnother “Harvard brain scientist” finds faith and tells the world.
Truth DecayA network scientist examines the lifespan of a fact.
Head GamesSteve James’ new concussion documentary overstates the evidence on head injuries in sports.
Better Than Steroids?The hype behind Stanford’s magic “cooling glove” for athletes.
The Most Dangerous GameIs baseball really more hazardous to players’ health than football?
Don't Sweat ItThe case against the case against air conditioning.
Why Kanye West Loves Lesbians
Ugly ButtonsHow did the remote control get so awful and confusing?
What a Bunch of Guys Think of the Season Finale of Girls
Part-Time SluggerDo baseball players try harder in their contract years?
What a Bunch of Guys Think of the Sixth Episode of Girls
You and Your Precious 24 fpsIn defense of The Hobbit’s increased frame rate.
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.
Silver MedalObama’s big win does not mean Nate Silver is a towering electoral genius.
The SlimingHow processed beef trimmings got rebranded, again and again and again.
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?
Fuzzy and FizzyThe contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
The Pleasures of YouTube in Three DimensionsThere’s marvelous 3-D video on the site, and you don’t need glasses to see it.
Is Air Conditioning Bad for You?The biology and ideology of home cooling.
A Fine Whine
Starry BlightHow a bunch of peasants in Mesopotamia ruined the night sky.
Lost in the WildernessThe military's misadventures in pixelated camouflage.
Test-Tube PiggiesHow did the guinea pig become a symbol of science?
What a Bunch of Guys Think of the Latest Episode of Girls
Dodgy BoffinsWhat's wrong with science journalism in the U.K.?
Eating BabiesA study of youth horticulture.