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The Internet Thinks We Don’t Know Its Secret. But I Do.
I think I know what's happening.
The Glorious Return of an Old-School Car Feature
Automakers are starting to admit that a new car technology didn’t work out.
Elon Musk’s Weekend-Long Master Class in Business Failure
No one wants to pay for Twitter’s check mark. It’s no mystery why.
The Most Hated Wedding Trend Is Good, Actually
Brief guest lists. Streamlined festivities. Probably a swimming pool. Why not?
A Once Unthinkable Revolution Is Coming to Figure Skating. Is the Sport—and the World—Ready?
Some of its biggest stars think so.
Slate on Cyberpunk
The Fictional Future of Cyberpunk Is About to Come True
The real future may be more Amazon and less androids, but the dystopian power dynamics are hard to miss.
Slate on Health
The Great Alcohol Health Flip-Flop Isn’t That Hard to Understand—if You Know Who Was Behind It
More than 30 years ago, the "French paradox" got America bleary-eyed.
The Truth About Long COVID Is Finally Emerging. It’s Not What We Thought.
The flood of patients never materialized. Why?
Slate on Japan
How Japan Built Cities Where You Could Send Your Toddler on an Errand
The Netflix show Old Enough! offers a glimpse of an alternate reality.
Slate on Marathon
Long-distance running and evolution: Why humans can outrun horses but can’t jump higher than cats.
At first glance the annual Man vs. Horse Marathon, set for June 9 in Wales, seems like a joke sport brought to us by the same brilliant minds behind dw ...
Slate on Marriage
The Proliferation of Sex Robots Will Probably Destroy Marriage—for the Better
With sexual needs outsourced to robots, marriages could become stronger than ever.
Slate on Mobility
Paris Pulled Off the Dream of Many City Dwellers Around the World. It’s Been Thrilling—and Complicated.
To twist a French idiom, now it’s vélo, boulot, dodo—bike, work, sleep.
The Big Lie About Bike Helmets
Some cyclists refuse to wear helmets on principle. They have their reasons.
«Notably, Walker discovered, motorists and commercial truck drivers in particular afforded less space—not more—to helmeted cyclists.»
Slate on Politics
I Asked “the Woman Who Couldn’t Define Woke” the Same Question Last Year. Her Other Answers Were…
“I just think it's important for every kid in America to know who someone like Rush Limbaugh was.”
Inside the Law School Meltdown the Supreme Court Has Unleashed
Professors have had enough.
Slate on Running
The Case for Running Slowly
Yes, even if you’re competitive.
Slate on Russia
The Terrible Truth So Many Experts Missed About Russia
Vladimir Putin didn’t always rule his country alone. Now he does, and the dictator appears to care little about the consequences of his actions.
Slate on TV
The 25 Most Important Characters of the Past 25 Years
The pop cultural figures who’ve changed our world, from movies, television, tweets, hip-hop musicals, and even books.
The 75 Greatest Movies by Black Directors
As chosen by critics and filmmakers—and including four from 2022.
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The 50 Greatest Fictional Deaths of All Time
The most tearjerking, hilarious, satisfying, and shocking death scenes in 2,500 years of culture.
The Single Most Important Thing to Know About Financial Aid: It’s a Sham
Colleges claim to award scholarships based on merit or need. In reality, they’re just charging the most they think families will pay.
Do the Goats Like Goat Yoga? An Investigation
And how do they feel about hiking?
Which Tech Company Is Really the Most Evil?
The 30 most dangerous corporations in the industry, ranked by the people who know.
Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide
From New York to Los Angeles, police officers escalated the national outrest.
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