Soft Football, Hard ScienceA rumble over physics and statistics has turned this year’s pregame hype into a classic test of mental toughness.
Leave the Cannibal Cop AloneHe never harmed anyone, and his conviction was overturned. Why can’t he look for love on Match.com?
Does Drinking Soda Really Age Your Cells?How the science of telomeres turned into a spurious health trend.
NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives.Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.
The Cannibal Cop Goes Free, but What About the Murderous Mechanic? One thought-crime conviction has been overturned. Three others have not.
Stay With Me!The Explainer Question of the Year: Does shouting at an injured person have any medical benefit?
I Haven’t Got Time for the ’PaignFinally, a browser extension that will allow you to filter out campaign coverage until it really matters.
The Mind-Body ProblemWhy was Chris Borland’s NFL retirement a bigger deal than Patrick Willis’?
Storm a-Brewin’—Let’s Hit Trader Joe’s!Americans get way too excited about stocking up before a storm.
Mann’s ManI watched every movie and TV show ever directed or produced by Michael Mann, Hollywood’s greatest hack.
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda? A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
History of Innovation
In Pursuit of Knowledge, and ProfitHow universities aid and abet patent trolls.
How to Save the Voting Rights Act We need to stop trying to untangle racism and partisanship by agreeing on one simple idea.
“A Kind of Grad-Student Gaslighting” Karen Kelsky has made navigating the brutal academic job market her business.
The XX Factor
Planned Parenthood Defunding Vote Shows How Much the Right-Wing Fringe Owns Republicans
Donald Trump Said It’s “Disgusting” to Pump Milk in Front of Colleagues. So We Found A Lady Who Did.
“If We Launch a Gay Section, Will You Write for It?” How I covered the battle for marriage equality, from Windsor to Obergefell.
What Happens When We Get It Wrong? Slate’s Corrections Czar Talks About Our Policy on Errors and Typos.
From Tapestries to Texting Bubbles Matthew Battles’ Palimpsest is a “history of the written word” that misunderstands exactly how our relationship to the written word has changed.
It Took 22 Years for the Women’s 1,500-Meters Record to Fall. What's the Fastest Humans Can Possibly Run?