Susan Matthews
Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

Picks
Nov. 28 2018 5:42 AMIt’s All About the TradeA defense of Monopoly.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 20 2018 12:16 PMChristine Blasey Ford’s Request for an FBI Investigation Makes Perfect SenseThe fact that Republicans are unwilling to grant it shows how completely they diminish sexual violence.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 16 2018 1:44 PMYou Don’t Need to Worry About Roundup in Your Breakfast CerealNo one wants to eat Monsanto’s weed killer. But a new report dramatically exaggerates the danger of the trace amounts detected.
Users
July 9 2018 9:00 AMEven Trump Can’t Take Away the Majesty of the Interior Department’s InstagramThe agency still posts images of national splendor as though nothing in our country has changed—and I’m fine with it.
Food
April 27 2018 11:52 AMI Hate How Much I Love SeltzerThose delightful bubbles push my environmentalist principles right out of my brain. Why?
Pre-Woke Watching
April 25 2018 1:24 PMThe Unexamined Privilege of Gilmore GirlsRory Gilmore was my teen idol. That sort of horrifies me now.
Medical Examiner
Feb. 15 2018 2:41 PMTrump Doesn’t Care About What Actually Causes ViolenceAnger, not mental illness, is most associated with violence. And our president stokes it.
Science
Jan. 19 2018 5:27 PMTrump’s Shark Obsession Is an Endearing Distillation of His Horrific World View
Medical Examiner
Dec. 17 2017 8:01 PMWhy Is Slate Questioning Gardasil?The benefits of the HPV vaccine still outweigh any potential harms. But the scientific process behind Gardasil was flawed, and the public deserves to know that.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 11 2017 9:26 PMIf Harvey Weinstein Were Serious About Getting Help, He Wouldn’t Call Himself a Sex AddictHe needs to accept that he’s responsible for his actions.   
The Slatest
Aug. 21 2017 2:31 PMWatch Darkness Descend Upon America as Life Becomes an Extremely on-the-Nose Metaphor
Science
Aug. 18 2017 3:02 PMThe Monuments Trump Doesn’t SupportWhile the president defends racist bronze relics, he’s stripping protections from the nation’s public lands.
Medical Examiner
July 27 2017 12:25 PMThe Goldwater Rule Is IrrelevantTrump’s mental health is not what makes him unfit for the job, and saying it is does nothing but perpetuate stigma.
Science
July 10 2017 6:43 PMAlarmism Is the Argument We Need to Fight Climate ChangeNew York magazine’s global-warming horror story isn’t too scary. It’s not scary enough.
Politics
June 1 2017 9:12 PMThe Planet’s Loss Is Trump’s GainPulling America out of the climate accord serves his short-term needs. To him, that’s all that matters.
Jurisprudence
Oct. 5 2018 3:58 PMInvestigation at Yale Law SchoolAn inquiry into the actions of a prominent professor reveals why it’s so hard to report inappropriate behavior at the top law school in the country.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 6 2018 7:27 PMBrett Kavanaugh Failed the Alex Kozinski TestThe Supreme Court nominee shows you don’t have to be a sexual harasser to perpetuate a system of abuse.
Science
July 19 2018 6:45 PMThe Trump Administration Is Neutering the Endangered Species ActIts proposal is supposed to sound common-sense. But it prioritizes industry over wildlife.
Medical Examiner
June 5 2018 5:15 PMSuicide Hotlines Are Critical, but They Can’t Make Up for America’s Broken Mental Health Care System
Medical Examiner
April 26 2018 3:50 PMKanye West Suffers From TrumpismGrandiose narcissists have a penchant for fascism, and it has nothing to do with whether the rapper is “crazy.”
Science
March 16 2018 4:43 PMTrawling the Depths of Blue Planet IIShould we reconsider the octopus? Should nature documentaries talk about climate change? Members of the Slate science team discuss.
The Industry
Feb. 6 2018 4:48 PMThe Quiet Radicalism of Facebook and Google’s Dating Policy
Jurisprudence
Dec. 29 2017 11:11 AMThe Best Legal Reads of 2017It’s been a year.
Books
Nov. 8 2017 11:26 AMIs Trump Crazy?Two new books set out to assess Trump’s mental health and end up with equally terrifying but totally opposite results.
Science
Sept. 8 2017 4:04 PMIt Doesn’t Matter if Climate Change Caused Irma and HarveyThe stories we tell ourselves are more influential than science. And the back-to-back storms are quite a story.
The Slatest
Aug. 21 2017 12:36 PMYou Can Watch NASA’s Eclipse Livestream Here
Moneybox
Aug. 10 2017 5:40 PMThat Ridiculous San Francisco Craigslist Ad Is Actually a Sign of Progress
Medical Examiner
July 14 2017 6:52 PMPlease Don’t Panic Over the Chemicals in Your Mac and CheeseA recent New York Times story raised concerns but missed some key facts.
Science
June 23 2017 12:54 PMGrizzly Bears Are Now the Victims of the Trump Administration’s Climate DenialismWe can’t trust this administration to make science-based decisions.
Science
May 31 2017 4:57 PMThe World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris AgreementWill America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?

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