“I Thought About Skipping the Phineas Gage Story”Sam Kean on why he decided to write about neuroscience’s most famous patient.
Blogging the Human GenomeAccording to his published DNA sequence, James Watson should be blind, deaf, and have a tiny head. Why doesn’t he?
Blogging the Human GenomeHow a mutation on chromosome 16 gave Elizabeth Taylor her amazing double eyelashes.
Blogging the Human GenomeThe nasty fight between scientists that resulted in the sequencing of the human genome.
Blogging the Human GenomeHow genetics—and a very dirty diaper—nearly killed off Darwinism.
Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous PatientEach generation revises his myth. Here’s the true story.
Is Junk DNA Really Junky?The delicious, religious debate over what most of our genome is good for.
Blogging the Human GenomeDid Lincoln have Marfan syndrome? Did Darwin have smoldering hepatitis? The strange allure of retro-diagnosis.
Blogging the Human GenomeChim-chim-cheroo. Why so many London chimney sweeps suffered scrotal cancer.
Blogging the Human GenomeHumans have long enjoyed nonhuman lovers—the proof is in our DNA.
Blogging the Human GenomePossible genetic proof that cannibalism was disturbingly common in our past.
Blogging the Human GenomeMuscular dystrophy, Cri du Chat, “immigration delay disease”: When DNA fails.
Where Did Those Naked Ladies Come From?How the Chinese edition of my book about the periodic table got such a risqué cover.
Roads & Kingdoms
Life After ISIS The Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar has been recaptured from ISIS, but it’s a long way from back to normal.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Stuff to read when you need to escape from your family gathering.
The Generic City Boring landscapes impede on our biological need for intrigue. So why are so many buildings so hideous?
The Craziest Endings in College Football History After the turkey, enjoy some classic finishes.