Shannon Palus
Shannon Palus

Shannon Palus is a staff writer for Slate.

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.
Moneybox
July 1 2016 12:58 PMFixing Expiration Dates Won’t Solve Food WasteWe toss food because we’re bad planners, not just because we meticulously adhere to incorrect expiration dates.
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
July 8 2016 5:51 PMTheranos’ Downfall Isn’t Just Elizabeth Holmes’ FaultThe other people who helped build the company should be held accountable, too.
Future Tense
July 10 2014 8:53 AMThe Military Is Funding the Creation of Adorable RobotsThat’s creepy.