Shannon Palus
Shannon Palus

Shannon Palus is a staff writer for Slate.

Future Tense
Feb. 21 2019 8:30 AMThe New Digital Eyes in the Frozen Food AisleWalgreens is piloting new “smart” coolers that will serve you tailored ads in real time.
Relationships
Feb. 19 2019 3:48 PMA Q&A With the Women Launching a Breakup Concierge ServiceThey’ll grab boxes from your ex, tell you what bed to purchase next, and help you find a therapist.
Science
Feb. 14 2019 11:49 AMRIP, Oppy the Mars RoverAfter 15 years, the adventurous spacecraft has finally bit the dust.
Medical Examiner
Feb. 7 2019 3:51 PMThis Is What a Period Emoji Should Look LikeNew emojis include a drop of blood to signify menstruation. That’s not good enough.
Science
Feb. 5 2019 7:51 PMLoop Wants Us to Rethink Consumption. It Seems Like a Logistical Disaster That Might Actually Work.The coalition of brands would like us to buy consumable products in reusable containers, and then ship them back for refills.
Science
Feb. 1 2019 12:44 PM#UnScienceAnAnimal Reminds Us How Bizarre and Unknowable Nature Is
Science
Jan. 31 2019 8:00 AMWhy Can’t We Have Decent Toilet Stalls?They don’t go to the floor or the ceiling. And what’s with the gaps on either side of the door?
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?
Science
Feb. 20 2019 8:00 PMOnly You Can Prevent FatbergsFatberg removal costs have doubled over the past decade in NYC. Flushable wipes and bacon grease are to blame.
The Goods
Feb. 16 2019 9:00 AMNeti Pots Are Great for Flushing Out Snot. Plus, They Won’t Kill You.The devices have gotten a bad reputation thanks to fear of amoebas, but they’re easy to use safely, and worthwhile.
The Goods
Feb. 9 2019 10:00 AMYou Don’t Need Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. Use Vaseline Instead.It does exactly the same thing for a much lower cost.
Life
Feb. 6 2019 4:38 PMEveryone Should Wear Nametags
The Industry
Feb. 4 2019 5:21 PMI Quit Facebook … Again. But This Time, It Feels Different.
Future Tense
Jan. 31 2019 4:13 PMFacebook Paid People $20 a Month for Access to All Their Digital Activity. Why Did They Sign Up?What the going rate for the hyper-invasive program tells us about the evolving understanding of our personal data’s value.
The Goods
Jan. 23 2019 4:25 PMThe Shoddy Health and Wellness Goods of Instagram Won’t Have a Fyre MomentBut Fyre’s lessons still apply to ads for influencer-hawked hair supplements and detox teas.
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

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