Sam Kean

Sam Kean is the best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb. His new book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, comes out May 6.

Elements
Aug. 4 2010 7:29 AMBismuth: A Gentleman Among Scoundrels
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Aug. 2 2010 6:59 AMFrancium and Astatine: Why Aren't More Elements Named for Places in the United States?
Elements
July 29 2010 6:49 AMRadium: Cures Gout! (Warning: Also Causes Cancer.)
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July 27 2010 6:57 AMCobalt: It Makes the Dirtiest of Dirty Bombs
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July 23 2010 7:13 AMThorium: The Nuclear Fuel of the Future?
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July 21 2010 7:17 AMThe Noble Gases: What a Bunch of Snobs
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July 19 2010 7:13 AMStrontium: Element Tourists, Sodium Partiers, and Other Periodic Table Eccentrics
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July 15 2010 10:06 AMRare Earths: They're Neither Rare nor Earths. But They Could Save the Planet.
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July 13 2010 7:04 AMNitrogen and Phosphorus: The Future of Toilet Design Hangs in the Balance
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July 8 2010 10:10 AMSelenium: Is It To Blame for Custer's Defeat at Little Bighorn?
Elements
July 6 2010 7:08 AMWild, weird, wonderful stories about the elements that make up our universe.
Recycled
April 7 2010 2:34 PMPeriodic DiscussionsIt's going to take a long time for element 117 to make it onto the periodic table. Why?
Science
June 12 2009 3:59 PMPeriodic DiscussionsElement 112 was discovered more than a decade ago. Why wasn't it given a place on the periodic table until now?
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Aug. 3 2010 10:59 AMTantalum: Conflict Element
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July 30 2010 8:45 AMAluminum: It Used To Be More Precious Than Gold
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July 28 2010 6:53 AMHafnium: Building the Doomsday Device of Tomorrow
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July 26 2010 6:52 AMPalladium: The Cold Fusion Fanatics Can't Get Enough of the Stuff
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July 22 2010 7:00 AMPromethium: Uranium Stole Its Fire
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July 20 2010 7:00 AMGallium: It Proved That Dmitri Mendeleev, Father of the Periodic Table, Wasn't a Crackpot
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July 16 2010 9:56 AMYtterby: The Tiny Swedish Island That Gave the Periodic Table Four Different Elements
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July 14 2010 7:26 AMLithium: Why It Makes Such Great Batteries
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July 12 2010 6:52 AMCopernicium: How elements get their names.
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July 8 2010 10:10 AMHydrogen: Where It All Started
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July 7 2010 9:56 AMAntimony: It might have killed Mozart.
Art
July 1 2009 11:32 AMDoes Plastic Art Last Forever?Not even close. Can a generation of synthetic objects be saved?
Books
April 27 2009 6:50 AMWhere's Our Scapegoat?Meet Ivar Kreuger, greedy villain of the 1930s.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.