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
Elements
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.)
Elements
July 27 2010 6:57 AMCobalt: It Makes the Dirtiest of Dirty Bombs
Elements
July 23 2010 7:13 AMThorium: The Nuclear Fuel of the Future?
Elements
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
Elements
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
Elements
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?
Elements
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
Elements
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
Elements
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

History

The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

Politics

Mad About Modi


Why the controversial Indian prime minister drew 19,000 cheering fans to Madison Square Garden.


Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Don’t Panic! The U.S. Already Stops Ebola and Similar Diseases From Spreading. Here’s How.

Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD

The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
  Life
Gaming
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 6:44 PM Ebola Was Already Here How the United States contains deadly hemorrhagic fevers.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.