Daniel Engber Daniel Engber

Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

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Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PMNFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives.Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.
Crime
July 2 2014 7:18 PMThe Cannibal Cop Goes Free, but What About the Murderous Mechanic? One thought-crime conviction has been overturned. Three others have not.
Science
Feb. 23 2014 11:54 PMUnder the DomeThe tragic, untold story of the world’s first planetarium.
Explainer
Jan. 26 2014 11:43 PMStay With Me!The Explainer Question of the Year: Does shouting at an injured person have any medical benefit?
Explainer
Dec. 18 2013 2:11 PMExplainer’s Unanswered Questions, Retirement EditionVote for your favorite from the final batch of readers’ bafflers.
Sports Nut
Oct. 11 2013 12:38 PMDid League of Denial Get It Right?Debating the Frontline documentary on the NFL and concussions.
Science
Sept. 24 2013 12:02 PMMajor Quake in Pakistan: Two Reported Dead, Experts Guess Several Thousand MoreDon’t believe the death tolls that get reported in the news today.
Brow Beat
Sept. 10 2013 5:17 PMWhy We Should Be Mad at Jimmy Kimmel
Sports Nut
Aug. 29 2013 9:09 PMThe NFL Concussion Settlement Is Bad News for Football FansIt won’t help us understand how dangerous the sport really is.
Science
Aug. 21 2013 5:17 PMThe Cannibal PuppeteerAnother online fetishist gets punished for his fantasies.
Science
Aug. 7 2013 6:08 PMMeat for Meat’s SakeGrowing burgers in the lab is a waste of time.
Science
July 29 2013 8:45 AMThe End of Neuro-NonsenseIs the age of mindless brain research already over?
Food
July 17 2013 6:13 PMWar on FoodiesThe hypocrisy behind the Atlantic’s call for better junk food.
Culturebox
July 3 2013 1:46 PMThe Mystery of the Missing Hotel ToothpasteA painstaking Slate investigation. 
Brow Beat
June 7 2013 11:37 AMIs There Plagiarism in Jonah Lehrer’s New Book Proposal?
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PMDid America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
History of Innovation
May 7 2014 11:49 PMIn Pursuit of Knowledge, and ProfitHow universities aid and abet patent trolls.
Culturebox
Feb. 14 2014 8:22 AMThe Failed Promise of 3-D PornThere are some things we don’t want to see flying at us.
Brow Beat
Jan. 16 2014 4:15 PMWhy the “Cheapest” 3-D Tricks in Gravity Are Its Greatest Creative Accomplishment
Explainer
Dec. 18 2013 12:27 PMExplainer’s Unanswered Questions, Retirement EditionVote for your favorite from the final batch of readers’ bafflers.
Books
Oct. 7 2013 2:04 PMGladwell Is GoliathDo puny readers stand a chance against his latest book?
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2013 12:36 PMLouis C.K. Is Wrong About Smartphones
Medical Examiner
Sept. 9 2013 1:20 PMCuckoo for Cocoa PuffsWhy are we so sure that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Science
Aug. 27 2013 5:45 AMA Nickel Isn’t Worth a CentWhy the bottle deposit should be much, much higher.
Science
Aug. 20 2013 10:30 AMYou're Getting Warmer …How do scientists quantify their doubt?
Rivalries
Aug. 7 2013 12:33 PMBone Thugs-N-DisharmonyWas forgotten paleontologist Joseph Leidy a casualty of the famous dinosaur wars?
Brow Beat
July 22 2013 4:33 PMNobody Swore Like Dennis Farina
Crime
July 15 2013 12:51 PMGambling With Gun ViolenceIs the structure of Florida’s legal system to blame for Trayvon Martin’s killing?
Medical Examiner
June 20 2013 5:51 PMJames Gandolfini Was FatThat didn’t necessarily kill him.
Brow Beat
June 4 2013 3:49 PMJonah Lehrer Sold His New Book About Love

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