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.
Sarah Palin’s PAC Is Spending More on Hotels and Travel Than on Republican Candidates SarahPAC, like the former candidate’s TV career, is on the wane.
The Olympics Need an L.A. Games The city once saved the mega-event from its bloated, economically burdensome self. Los Angeles could do it again.
America’s Next Slate Writer Always wanted to write for Slate? Now’s your chance to pitch us.
It Took 22 Years for the Women’s 1,500-Meters Record to Fall. What's the Fastest Humans Can Possibly Run?