Eleanor Cummins
Eleanor Cummins

Eleanor Cummins is an intern at Slate. Her reporting interests run the gamut of science. Follow her on Twitter.

Science
Dec. 11 2017 7:15 PMIs That Starving Polar Bear Dying From Climate Change? Probably Not.Climate change is certainly killing polar bears, but this photo may just depict disease. It can still help us better understand what’s a stake.
Medical Examiner
Dec. 9 2017 2:25 PMThere Is a Very Useful Test We Could Use to Track Politicians’ Cognitive DeclineEveryone gets slower as they age. The unusualness of this decline can be tracked with data.
Brow Beat
Dec. 8 2017 7:33 AMWhy Are There So Many Flies in Call Me By Your Name?
Medical Examiner
Dec. 5 2017 1:54 PMCould Ivana Trump Have Conceived Three Children While She Had an IUD?The device has failed before but statistically speaking, this is extremely unlikely.
Science
Dec. 1 2017 5:55 PMGuys, Glitter Is Not the Real Enemy HereA global ban on glitter would be nice and all, but its impact would be negligible.
Future Tense
Nov. 30 2017 9:05 AMHow a Small-Town Funeral Home Is Trying to Go Digital
Technology
Nov. 28 2017 1:55 PMAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is a Capitalistic Perversion of the Original GameFrom home loan debt to unbridled resource extraction, this game’s got it all.
Future Tense
Nov. 21 2017 9:51 AMSend Us Your Most Intense Postmortem Social Media Moments
Science
Nov. 13 2017 6:45 PMShark With Head of a Snake and 300 Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of PortugalThe ocean is belching up prehistoric sea creatures left and right.
Science
Nov. 7 2017 1:11 PMWith Syria Signing the Paris Agreement, U.S. Will Be Only Nation Opposed to Climate ActionWe have even been surpassed by a country embattled by civil war.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 6 2017 11:01 AMStock Photos Are Terrible at Depicting Illness, Mental or PhysicalBut stock photographers are working hard to make them better.
Brow Beat
Oct. 30 2017 7:33 AMJoan Didion’s Nephew Was the Only Person Who Could Make a Movie About Her
Medical Examiner
Oct. 23 2017 5:35 PMIn Puerto Rico, Surgery by Flashlight Is Just the BeginningA month after Hurricane Maria hit, the island is still facing a public health crisis of epic proportions.
Brow Beat
Oct. 18 2017 8:03 AMAfter Amazon’s Sexual Harassment Scandal, Good Girls Revolt’s Cancellation Seems Crueler Than Ever
Future Tense
Oct. 16 2017 3:23 PMTropical Storm Ophelia Really Did Break the Weather Forecast Grid
Medical Examiner
Dec. 11 2017 5:30 PMSmoke From California’s Wildfires Will Only Get WorseAs more areas are blanketed in unhealthy air particles, it’s important to have a plan.
Medical Examiner
Dec. 8 2017 5:45 PMHurricane Maria’s Actual Death Toll May Be 17 Times Higher Than the Current Official CountThe government says 62 people died. The data says more like 1,052.
Brow Beat
Dec. 7 2017 7:51 AMSearch Party Is the Show the Weinstein Moment Needs
Science
Dec. 4 2017 4:54 PMTrump’s Cuts to National Monuments Hurt Native Americans MostThis isn’t just about the great outdoors.
Education
Dec. 1 2017 9:22 AMYour 2-Year-Old Is Full of Potential. Here’s How to Develop It.Yes, America needs a child care revolution, but it’s not happening soon. Here are some tips on how to cope in the interim.
Future Tense
Nov. 28 2017 4:32 PMWhat Happens When People Die, but Their Profiles Live On?Readers share their most intense postmortem social media moments.
Technology
Nov. 23 2017 10:00 AMThis Holiday Season, Gift the World Some Product ReviewsBe a good capitalist.
Science
Nov. 20 2017 2:03 PM2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for FreeThe Biodiversity Heritage Library’s open-source archive contains wonders of all kinds.
Future Tense
Nov. 13 2017 5:37 PMThere’s Now a Boat Named Ferry McFerryface Because Internet Voting Can Only End One Way in 2017
Medical Examiner
Nov. 6 2017 6:04 PMTrump Blames Shooting on “Mental Health,” a Policy Area He Is Also Actively UnderminingEven if mental illness was the problem, the president’s record on helping Americans access care is embarrassing.
Future Tense
Oct. 31 2017 12:33 PMA Horrifying 1927 “Apparatus for Obtaining Criminal Confessions” and Other Spooky Patents
Science
Oct. 27 2017 9:07 AMMuseums Are Just About the Only Places Ready for the Next Natural DisasterClimate-resilient design is on the rise. Museums, seeking to protect their priceless art, are on this cutting edge.
Future Tense
Oct. 18 2017 3:46 PMLast Month’s Jobs Report Hints at Our Climate-Changed Economy’s Future
Technology
Oct. 16 2017 7:31 PMFor Women, #MeToo Is Frustratingly FamiliarHow many times do we need to perform our pain?
Future Tense
Oct. 13 2017 6:18 PMBaseless Fears of the Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupt Again

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