Michael Balter
Michael Balter

Michael Balter is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and also writes for National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times opinion pages, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, and other publications. His book The Goddess and the Bull is about the archaeological excavations at Neolithic Catalhoyuk in Turkey and the origins of civilization.

Human Evolution
Oct. 26 2012 9:33 AMWhy Are Our Brains So Ridiculously Big?Tool use and exploration may be just side effects of social skills.
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Aug. 28 2015 12:31 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 1 2015 12:20 PM Does Contraception Reduce Abortions? The relationship is surprisingly ambiguous—until you look at the best evidence.