Daniel Engber
Daniel Engber Daniel Engber

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate.

Science
May 14 2018 5:45 AMCould Scott Pruitt Have a Point?The EPA is calling for more transparency in science. Yes, it’s hypocritical and ill-considered—but let’s be crystal clear about the potential benefits.
Family
March 16 2018 5:50 AMParenting Doesn’t MatterWe’re all terrified we’re going to mess up our kids. The science says we probably won’t have much impact at all.
Science
March 1 2018 1:38 PMAgainst the OctopusIt’s not a crafty, soulful genius. It’s dinner.
Sports
Feb. 4 2018 8:30 AMA Stunning HitJosh Begley’s short film “Concussion Protocol” will change the way you watch football forever.
Science
Jan. 12 2018 4:35 PMFacebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake NewsWill it work?
Science
Dec. 21 2017 4:58 PMThere Is No Ban on Words at the CDCBut you don’t need to parse the language of the Trump administration to understand its goals.
Science
Dec. 12 2017 9:00 AMHumans Run Experiments, a Robot Writes the PaperThe future of automated scientific writing is upon us—and that's a good thing.
Science
Nov. 16 2017 5:02 PMAn Allegation, Then a Prestigious ProfessorshipIn 2002, Dartmouth was told that psychology professor Todd Heatherton had allegedly groped his graduate student. Afterward, Heatherton’s career ascended.
Science
Oct. 19 2017 3:24 PMThe Trials of Amy CuddyA feminist psychologist was dragged through the mud for her mistakes. Did she deserve it?
Science
Sept. 12 2017 12:01 PMMeasuring the Mizzou EffectDoes a school’s enrollment really go down when students protest en masse?
Sports Nut
Aug. 24 2017 5:50 AMDoes Fantasy Football Ruin Football Fandom?What happens when we stop caring whether our favorite teams win or lose.
Sports Nut
July 26 2017 6:21 PMInflategateDon’t believe the pumped-up headlines. The latest study on CTE in the NFL doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know.
Crime
July 24 2017 5:55 AMThe Killer NurseShe didn’t brag. She didn’t leave clues. She killed her patients, then went home to play computer games.
Science
June 11 2017 7:30 PMBad Footnotes Can Be DeadlyA one-paragraph blurb helped cause the opioid crisis. That’s just the start of science’s citation woes.
Science
June 2 2017 9:06 AMFake MoosDairy farmers want the government to declare their product the one true milk. Purveyors of soy, almonds, coconuts, and rice are fighting back.
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.
Hang Up And Listen
March 5 2018 6:36 PMHang Up and Listen: The Golden Age of Tanking EditionSlate’s sports podcast on automating sports umpiring, NBA tanking, and the Paralympics.
Science
Feb. 28 2018 1:29 PMDeath of a Veggie SalesmanHow an expert on the science of marketing forgot the difference between science and marketing.
Science
Jan. 23 2018 5:22 PMFor Better Science, Bring on the RevolutionariesIn defense of the replication movement.
Science
Jan. 3 2018 5:45 AMLOL Something MattersWe’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any of it.
Movies
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMCould Variable Ticket Pricing Save the Movies?Regal is betting you’ll pay more for in-demand showtimes the way you pay more for the most popular flights. It’ll be just like in the olden days.
Science
Nov. 22 2017 5:57 AMWhy Do People Applaud When Planes Land?Actually, they don’t. But imagine how annoying it would be if they did.
Science
Nov. 13 2017 6:27 PMThree Dartmouth Psychology Professors Are Under Investigation for “Sexual Misconduct”Simine Vazire says one of those men, Todd Heatherton, groped her at a conference in 2002.
Politics
Oct. 6 2017 4:57 PMMass Shooters Aren’t Disproportionately WhiteWhere the myth came from, and what it gets right and wrong about the demographics of mass killings.
Science
Sept. 5 2017 5:55 AMThe Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t OverThe American Psychological Association grapples with who should take the blame for greenlighting enhanced interrogations.
Science
Aug. 21 2017 6:00 AMIs Science Broken?Or is it self-correcting?
Medical Examiner
July 25 2017 4:48 PMOur Unfounded Medical OptimismCharlie Gard’s saga exposed a flaw in our perception of medicine: We are too quick to think new treatments will work.
Science
June 14 2017 1:46 PMA Second Chance for Anna StubblefieldShe fell in love with a man with disabilities, then went to prison for raping him. Now her conviction has been overturned.
Science
June 7 2017 2:57 PMDaryl Bem Proved ESP Is RealWhich means science is broken.
Science
May 30 2017 5:50 AMAre Angry Mobs on Facebook Taking Over Academia?What it means to call the critics of Rebecca Tuvel’s paper on transracialism “bullies.”

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