Trawling the Depths of Blue Planet IIShould we reconsider the octopus? Should nature documentaries talk about climate change? Members of the Slate science team discuss.
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Hang Up and Listen: The Golden Age of Tanking EditionSlate’s sports podcast on automating sports umpiring, NBA tanking, and the Paralympics.
Death of a Veggie SalesmanHow an expert on the science of marketing forgot the difference between science and marketing.
LOL Something MattersWe’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any of it.
Could Variable Ticket Pricing Save the Movies?Regal is betting you’ll pay more for in-demand showtimes the way you pay more for the most popular flights. It’ll be just like in the olden days.
Why Do People Applaud When Planes Land?Actually, they don’t. But imagine how annoying it would be if they did.
Three Dartmouth Psychology Professors Are Under Investigation for “Sexual Misconduct”Simine Vazire says one of those men, Todd Heatherton, groped her at a conference in 2002.
Mass Shooters Aren’t Disproportionately WhiteWhere the myth came from, and what it gets right and wrong about the demographics of mass killings.
The Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t OverThe American Psychological Association grapples with who should take the blame for greenlighting enhanced interrogations.
Our Unfounded Medical OptimismCharlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.
How Did Actual Witch Hunts Work?With lots of torture and coerced confessions. Wow! Such a disgrace!
Could Scott Pruitt Have a Point?The EPA is calling for more transparency in science. Yes, it’s hypocritical and ill-considered—but let’s be crystal clear about the potential benefits.
Parenting Doesn’t MatterWe’re all terrified we’re going to mess up our kids. The science says we probably won’t have much impact at all.
A Stunning HitJosh Begley’s short film “Concussion Protocol” will change the way you watch football forever.
There Is No Ban on Words at the CDCBut you don’t need to parse the language of the Trump administration to understand its goals.
Humans Run Experiments, a Robot Writes the PaperThe future of automated scientific writing is upon us—and that's a good thing.
An Allegation, Then a Prestigious ProfessorshipIn 2002, Dartmouth was told that psychology professor Todd Heatherton had allegedly groped his graduate student. Afterward, Heatherton’s career ascended.
The Trials of Amy CuddyA feminist psychologist was dragged through the mud for her mistakes. Did she deserve it?
Measuring the Mizzou EffectDoes a school’s enrollment really go down when students protest en masse?
Does Fantasy Football Ruin Football Fandom?What happens when we stop caring whether our favorite teams win or lose.
InflategateDon’t believe the pumped-up headlines. The latest study on CTE in the NFL doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know.
The Killer NurseShe didn’t brag. She didn’t leave clues. She killed her patients, then went home to play computer games.