The Return of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!The readers share their theories on why carts got so big.
The Mother-in-Law of InventionThe patent system sucks because it overrewards and underrewards. Here's a way to make the system work better.
Grade ExpectationsWhy grade inflation is bad for schools--and what to do about it.
How Big a Safety Net?The philosopher says we have a moral obligation to create a social safety net. The economist asks, how big, and whom should it cover?
Sex, Discipline, and Your RefrigeratorThe evolutionary advantages of self-restraint.
Guilt by AcquisitionShould today's stockholders pay the price of a corporation's past sins?
Justice—Priced to SellRemind me, why is it better to let 10 guilty people go free than to convict one innocent person?
Monopoly ShoppingAs a consumer, would you be better off if Netscape controlled the browser market, or if Microsoft did?
Does Crime Pay?Yes, for those who don't wince at the small chance of a big punishment.
Privatize the Independent Counsel!Tired of Kenneth Starr wasting your money? Then give him the right incentives.
Taken to the Cleaners?Nobody can explain why laundries charge less for men's shirts than for women's.
Uninsured-Motorist FunThe laugh's on you if you're paying a high premium for car insurance.
Buy a House, Lose Your Job?The surprising connection between homeownership and unemployment.
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The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
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Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.
What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.