Space: The Next Generation
The Battle for SpaceRussia, China, and the United States are developing “dual use” technologies. One use is peaceful. The other isn’t.
What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us?The strange, disturbing world of Koko the gorilla and Kanzi the bonobo.
How to Use More Than 10 Percent of Your BrainBe alive. Lucy perpetuates a strangely persistent myth.
How Not to Build a BrainNeuroscientists are battling over exceedingly ambitious EU and U.S. brain projects.
The World’s Largest Flying Bird Had a Wingspan the Length of Four People Laid Head to Toe
Developmental Psychology’s Weird ProblemAre we measuring basic facts about children? Or basic facts about rich kids?
Behind the Scenes
“I Sensed That Many Had Never Told Their Story to an Outsider”The story behind “What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us.”
Songs That Make Slate NostalgicA roundup of the music from high school that staffers still love.
Why Do Scientists Commit Fraud?The latest stem cell research misconduct investigation ends in tragedy.
Can My Keyboard Spread Ebola?Myths and misunderstandings about Ebola in the United States.
Autism Linked to Common GenesEnvironmental causes and specific mutations aren’t as much to blame.
Falling for Familiar NarrativesThe New York Times, Washington Post, and Time contribute to a week of spectacularly bad social science reporting.
The Slatest Week in Pictures A pilgrimage in Nepal, elections in Athens, war in Syria, fashion in Paris, and trash heaps in China.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Social media guru Lindsey Underwood highlights the most popular stories of the week, from the Patriots to Tom Petty.
Katy Perry Is the Singing, Dancing "Cool Girl," and She's a Perfect Fit for the Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Gynandromorphs A phenomenon observed in insects, crustaceans, and birds results in animals that are both female and male.
He Never Touches the Balls Tom Brady may be the handsome face of the Pats, but the team’s heart and soul belong to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.