Daniel Engber
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Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

Future Tense
Aug. 28 2016 9:48 PMSad FaceAnother classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up. Is it time to panic yet?
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 5 2016 11:01 AMShould Caster Semenya Be Allowed to Compete Against Women?Sex-verification policies in sports have more to do with politics than science. If researchers start studying the right things, that could change.
Culturebox
July 18 2016 1:01 PMOut of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?
The Anti-Marathon
May 31 2016 5:56 AMDon’t Run a MarathonYou have better things to do.
Foreigners
April 25 2016 12:36 PMThe Abominable TouristWill international visitors help Nepal rebuild after last year’s earthquake, or will they only make things worse?
Science
April 11 2016 11:51 AMSome Animals Are More Equal Than OthersAfter 50 years of animal-welfare legislation, rats and mice are still left out in the cold.
Science
March 27 2016 8:33 PMLabel ThumpersThe GMO movement is about faith, not facts.
Cover Story
March 6 2016 8:02 PMEverything Is CrumblingAn influential psychological theory, borne out in hundreds of experiments, may have just been debunked. How can so many scientists have been so wrong?
Science
Jan. 29 2016 6:21 PMLet’s Kill All the MosquitoesNow is the time to wipe the disease-carrying critters off the face of the Earth.
Sports Nut
Dec. 21 2015 11:50 AMConcussion LiesThe film about the NFL’s apparent CTE epidemic feeds the pervasive national myths about head trauma.
Science
Sept. 15 2015 3:06 PMSlate Voice: “The Case Against the Case Against Air Conditioning”Listen to Daniel Engber read about the moral justification for using air conditioning and why it isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet.
Science
July 8 2015 11:10 AMHot and BotheredAir conditioning isn’t bad for you or even (relatively) for the planet.
Sports Nut
April 3 2015 3:30 AMThe Disappointment SitupThe new body language of college basketball defeat.
Medical Examiner
March 19 2015 2:29 PMDumbphonesA vapid scare-piece in the New York Times gets a double-down debunking.
Science
March 6 2015 12:31 PMThe Kids Are All RightHave we made our children into moral monsters?
Science
Aug. 18 2016 1:36 PMSave the ChickenA few decades ago, no one cared about chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?
Science
July 25 2016 9:39 AMWas This Study Even Peer-Reviewed?How journalists should write about unpublished scientific research.
Science
July 11 2016 10:10 AMThe New Jonah Lehrer: More Honest, More Boring, Still Spreading BunkA Book About Love proves the best practices of science journalism don’t offer much insurance against distortions and half-truths.
Cover Story
May 8 2016 8:02 PMIs “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
Future Tense
April 19 2016 9:21 AMCancer Research Is BrokenThere’s a replication crisis in biomedicine—and no one even knows how deep it runs.
Sports Nut
March 31 2016 2:54 PMThe NFL Is Not Big TobaccoWhat the analogy gets wrong about football and corporate villainy.
Science
March 21 2016 5:49 AMSloppy ScienceAre sketchy practices in the lab to blame for the replication crisis in psychology research?
Food
Feb. 3 2016 5:15 AMThis Simple Trick Will Change the Way You Shop at Trader Joe’s ForeverSlate’s secret T.J.’s shopping hack, explained.
Cover Story
Dec. 27 2015 8:00 PMWhy Do Employers Still Routinely Drug-Test Workers?There’s very little evidence it’s worth the cost or hassle.
Crime
Dec. 10 2015 1:11 PMAn Exclusive Interview With the “Cannibal Cop”Exonerated of his alleged crimes, Gilberto Valle describes his experience in court, his time in prison, and his attempt to start a new life. 
Medical Examiner
Aug. 10 2015 11:32 AMThat *#^% Sugar FilmEverything movie critics think they know about sugar is wrong.
Politics
July 5 2015 7:12 PMI Haven’t Got Time for the ’PaignFinally, a browser extension that will allow you to filter out campaign coverage until it really matters.
Culturebox
March 31 2015 6:41 PMWere We Too Hard on Jonah Lehrer?A new book says yes. The facts say no.
Sports Nut
March 18 2015 7:24 PMThe Mind-Body ProblemWhy was Chris Borland’s NFL retirement a bigger deal than Patrick Willis’?
Brow Beat
March 5 2015 8:32 AMYour TV Small-Talk Is Ruining Dinner Parties

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