Shannon Palus
Shannon Palus

Shannon Palus is a staff writer for Slate.

Medical Examiner
Jan. 22 2019 3:52 PMThere’s No Medical Reason to Get Your Period While On the PillNew guidelines in the U.K. note what many women and researchers have known for a while.
Future Tense
Jan. 15 2019 6:44 PMNot All Screen Time Is the SameAn enormous new study suggests that smartphones aren’t bad for teens’ mental health. The research underscores how we’ve oversimplified the questions we ask about screen time.
Medical Examiner
Jan. 14 2019 3:06 PMDon’t Abandon Sunscreen Just YetPeople aren’t good enough at applying sunscreen for us to worry about the harms of its use.
Science
Jan. 10 2019 4:55 PMGoop Gives an Award to … CVS?The drugstore is incorporating questionable wellness trends into some of its brands.
Work
Jan. 8 2019 3:52 PMBurnout Isn’t Just a Millennial AfflictionAnne Helen Petersen’s BuzzFeed essay correctly captures a very real condition, but in limiting it to a single generation, she precludes the most promising solutions.
Future Tense
Jan. 3 2019 11:48 AMAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes Instagram a Little BetterOthers should follow her use of captions—but the app needs to make it easier.
Gizmos
Dec. 26 2018 5:50 AMYear-End Lists Are Best Served ColdI love reading roundups of great new products—from decades past. You should do it, too.
Science
Dec. 19 2018 2:13 PMNo, You Don’t Have to Give Your Christmas Tree Sprite or Viagra or Vodka to Stay FreshWater and a fresh cut will do the trick. So why do these strange myths persist?
The Industry
Dec. 12 2018 5:40 PMSocial Media Isn’t Set Up for Grief. It’s Set Up for Profit.Users are getting more comfortable sharing their whole lives, but the platforms are still designed to market around joy.
Medical Examiner
Dec. 10 2018 5:08 PMPhotoshop Isn’t the ProblemIt’s nice to think that a move toward more authenticity would help women. Unfortunately, brands are starting to figure out how to sell authenticity, too.
Science
Dec. 3 2018 8:03 PMNeil deGrasse Tyson’s Response to Allegations of Sexual Assault Is Self-DefeatingHe confirms several aspects of the allegations but denies that any of them were harmful.
The Industry
Nov. 30 2018 3:16 PMWhy Is It So Hard to Quit Amazon? Because Shopping Is Labor.Prime has helped overworked and underpaid Americans stretch their money and time. No wonder it’s so hard to quit.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 26 2018 6:48 PMThe Best Thing About That Lena Dunham Profile? It Takes Female Pain Seriously.It’s refreshing to see endometriosis treated as the legitimate medical problem it is.
Science
Sept. 2 2016 3:28 PMSouth Carolina’s Zika Prevention Backfires, Kills 2.5 Million BeesThis was definitely a mistake. But it is not a crisis.
Science
Aug. 12 2016 5:26 PMWhy Doesn’t Anyone* Fact-Check Science Books?*This story was not fact-checked, either.
Science
Jan. 17 2019 4:26 PMChina Grew a Plant on the Moon. It’s Already Dead.
The Industry
Jan. 14 2019 6:12 PMGermany Has Ruled Amazon’s Dash Buttons Illegal, and So Should You
Science
Jan. 14 2019 10:00 AMFamed Physicist Richard Feynman Was Known as an Odd Genius. Was He Also an Abuser?He was my hero when I was an undergrad studying science. But allegations found in his FBI file suggest he physically assaulted his ex-wife.
Science
Jan. 8 2019 6:02 PMPaul Manafort Does Indeed Have GoutIt sure is tempting to read into this, but the disease is mainly genetic.
Science
Jan. 4 2019 1:44 PMWe Will Space Rock YouQueen guitarist–slash-astrophysicist Brian May’s role in the New Horizons mission.
Users
Dec. 27 2018 3:01 PMIn Fact, the Short-Lived Horizontal Instagram Was Good
Medical Examiner
Dec. 19 2018 8:52 PMHow Freaked Out Should We Be by the Possibility That There Was Asbestos in Baby Powder?What we know is a paradox: Asbestos shouldn’t be in baby powder. And most people will not be affected in the least by the fact that it was.
The Goods
Dec. 14 2018 3:04 PMYou Should Ignore the “Amazon’s Choice” Label While Holiday Shopping
Picks
Dec. 11 2018 7:30 AMThe Vacuum Cleaner So Easy to Use I Actually … Used ItVacuuming is a pain! So it was a miracle when this vacuum got me to clean my filthy floors.
Moneybox
Dec. 6 2018 12:02 PMWhy Is Everyone Selling Leggings on Facebook?The new podcast The Dream empathetically explores the pull of multilevel marketing
Moneybox
Dec. 3 2018 10:34 AMHow Chrissy Teigen Became the Anti–Gwyneth PaltrowFrom her cookbooks to her dessert-themed lip gloss, Teigen’s been busy crafting her own lifestyle brand. Somehow, it’s not insufferable.
The Industry
Nov. 27 2018 4:46 PMCyber Monday Lasts All Week Now. That’s Bad for Consumers.All those emails announcing the extension of good deals are designed to make you a more impulsive shopper.
Science
Sept. 23 2016 1:00 PMPeer Review Is a Thankless TaskSo what motivates the scientists who do it the most? We asked them.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 24 2016 4:42 PMSearching for a Straight Shot to a Zika VaccineThe fastest way to get a vaccine is by injecting volunteers to better learn how the disease works.
Science
Aug. 4 2016 8:00 AMCan Young Blood Make You Live Longer?The science doesn’t need fact-checking as much as the ethics do.

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