Daniel Engber
Daniel Engber Daniel Engber

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

Sports Nut
July 26 2017 6:21 PMInflategateDon’t believe the pumped-up headlines. The latest study on CTE in the NFL doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know.
Crime
July 24 2017 5:55 AMThe Killer NurseShe didn’t brag. She didn’t leave clues. She killed her patients, then went home to play computer games.
Science
June 11 2017 7:30 PMBad Footnotes Can Be DeadlyA one-paragraph blurb helped cause the opioid crisis. That’s just the start of science’s citation woes.
Science
June 2 2017 9:06 AMFake MoosDairy farmers want the government to declare their product the one true milk. Purveyors of soy, almonds, coconuts, and rice are fighting back.
Cover Story
May 17 2017 9:00 PMDaryl Bem Proved ESP Is RealWhich means science is broken.
Science
May 5 2017 5:56 AMScience Is Broken. How Much Should We Fix It?More rigor in research could stamp out false positive results. It might also do more harm than good.
Science
March 2 2017 8:15 AMAnother Replication Crisis? Yawn.Aristotle believed it. Scientists proved it. A new study hints that decades’ worth of research on contagious yawning might be bogus.
Science
Feb. 8 2017 3:47 PMThe Backpedaler-in-ChiefThe Trump administration has retracted its most alarming anti-science moves. Is that heartening or a sign of more disturbing policies to come?
Science
Jan. 17 2017 5:45 AMLie Detectors, Russian Spies, and an Expert in Kung FuHow the incoming national security adviser got tangled up in the Trump administration’s weirdest scandal yet.
Science
Dec. 20 2016 5:55 AMPornHubbyA new twist in the debate over pornography’s role in romantic relationships.
Politics
Nov. 16 2016 6:01 PMI Can’t Stand to Think About Donald TrumpIs it shameful to hide from the reality of his presidency?
Movies
Oct. 20 2016 3:56 PMIt Looked Great. It Was Unwatchable.Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk shows the promise and failure of high-frame-rate cinema.
The Next 20
Sept. 12 2016 3:04 PMThere Is No Island of Trash in the PacificBut the cause of clean oceans needed a good story. Our warming planet could use another one.
Science
Aug. 18 2016 1:36 PMSave the ChickenA few decades ago, no one cared about chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?
Science
July 25 2016 9:39 AMWas This Study Even Peer-Reviewed?How journalists should write about unpublished scientific research.
Medical Examiner
July 25 2017 4:48 PMOur Unfounded Medical OptimismCharlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.
Science
June 14 2017 1:46 PMA Second Chance for Anna StubblefieldShe fell in love with a man with disabilities, then went to prison for raping him. Now her conviction has been overturned.
Science
June 7 2017 2:57 PMDaryl Bem Proved ESP Is RealWhich means science is broken.
Science
May 30 2017 5:50 AMAre Angry Mobs on Facebook Taking Over Academia?What it means to call the critics of Rebecca Tuvel’s paper on transracialism “bullies.”
Science
May 16 2017 6:34 PM“What Do We Want? Evidence-Based Science!”Anti-Trump activists calling for more peer review in government are giving conservatives exactly what they want.
Science
April 11 2017 5:55 AMTalking Without TalkingThe case of Anna Stubblefield and “facilitated communication” is back in court. Will previously blocked evidence prove her sex assault victim had the means to consent?
Science
Feb. 14 2017 3:35 PMHips Do LieWhy did the New York Times fall for a dubious study on what makes women great dancers?
Science
Feb. 6 2017 10:02 PMThe War on Science Is a TrapThe science march should step carefully to avoid being ensnared.
Science
Dec. 21 2016 12:17 PMThe Irony EffectHow the scientist who founded the science of mistakes ended up mistaken.
Science
Dec. 1 2016 8:15 AMDoes Fighting Racism Make Racists More Racist?What research on the psychology of stereotype backlash can teach us about how to combat discrimination.
Politics
Nov. 11 2016 6:56 PMDonald Trump Is a RacistHere’s why many Americans don’t see him that way.
Science
Sept. 20 2016 5:29 PMThe Brilliant, Imprudent Dr. Bennet OmaluIt’s not surprising that the man who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy suspects Hillary Clinton was poisoned.
Cover Story
Aug. 28 2016 9:48 PMSad FaceAnother classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up. Is it time to panic yet?
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 5 2016 11:01 AMShould Caster Semenya Be Allowed to Compete Against Women?Sex-verification policies in sports have more to do with politics than science. If researchers start studying the right things, that could change.
Culturebox
July 18 2016 1:01 PMOut of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?

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