The Rock, Pre-Capone The long history of Alcatraz before it became America's first supermax prison.
Lindsay Lohan’s Lacey Jonas ProblemCan celebrities really win lawsuits over unflattering portrayals of themselves?
The Water Down BelowA reservoir deep beneath the Earth’s surface may contain three times the water of our oceans combined.
Why Do American Alligators Attack People, but American Crocodiles Don’t?A strange Florida case, explained.
The Best (and Worst) Ways to Avoid Lightning StrikesLying on the ground? Seeking shelter in a car? What about the “30/30” rule?
The Truth About Elevator DeathsThey are vanishingly rare—but that doesn’t stop people from debating the best way to survive a sudden fall.
The Drowning DebacleOne of America’s most common causes of accidental death is also one of the most preventable.
Your Brain Wants You to Be MultilingualIntelligence tests beginning in 1947 suggest the benefits of learning a second or third language.
TODAY IN SLATE
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola
Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?
Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican? Why are lighter-skinned Latinos and Asians more likely to vote Republican?
A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull
Subprime Loans Are Back
And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.
It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
Building a Better Workplace
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.
How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen
What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
Naked and Afraid Prudie offers advice on whether a young boy should sleep in the same room with his nude grandfather.
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.