Nicholas Day

Nicholas Day's book on the science and history of infancy, Baby Meets World, was published in April 2013. Follow him on Twitter.

Jan. 28 2013 3:26 PMTear Down the Swing SetsAnd the plastic forts. Here’s how to put the play back in playgrounds.
Sept. 26 2012 11:45 AMI Giggle, Therefore I AmWhen I tickle my infant son, I’m teaching him that he’s a human being.
May 11 2012 12:33 PMDown With Training WheelsThey train kids how not to ride a bike! Why balance bikes are better.
March 1 2012 8:30 AMPreschoolers with KnivesHow young can a child be and still learn how to cook?
July 1 2010 1:47 PMWhy Do Babies Smile?Not necessarily because they're happy.
Aug. 6 2008 7:04 AMBeyond WontonsA new cookbook showcases recipes from China's ethnic minorities.
Dec. 11 2012 5:00 AMThe Cow Jumped Over the Moon?!Why children love absurdism.
Aug. 29 2012 3:30 AMThe Rebirth of RecessHow do you introduce recess to kids who have never left the classroom?
April 12 2012 10:36 AMI Remember Mama and DadaWhat do small children remember? And why do memories stick into adulthood?
Jan. 4 2011 12:30 PMHardheadedWhy my son will not be wearing a sledding helmet.
Doublex Health
May 3 2010 8:07 AMCan Your Baby Wield a Machete?The developmental milestones parents obsess over are meaningless.
Feb. 27 2008 7:02 AMA Taste of HoneyIs mead poised for a comeback?


The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 10:39 PM Avengers: Age of Ultron Looks Like a Fun, Sprawling, and Extremely Satisfying Sequel
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.