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We’re Growing a House From Mushrooms

Eben Bayer is the co-founder of Ecovative, a company based in Green Island, N.Y., that makes packaging from agricultural waste and the mycelium of mushrooms. He says the next step is to make building materials this way.

Sharing Is Caring

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Surprised by the Stork

Trish Staine had just finished running 10 miles while training for a half-marathon when she started going into labor. The mother of three said she hadn't gained any weight or felt any fetal movement in the months before and had no idea she was pregnant. Is it possible for a woman not to know she's pregnant before she starts giving birth?

Remember the Norms!

For months, President Obama has been resisting the chorus of voices outside the administration (and the advisers closer at hand) asking that he back Syria’s rebels. The death toll climbed to nearly 93,000, and the president did not move. Show More Summary

After the Wedding

A year ago this month, Will and Erwynn Umali-Behrens became the first gay couple to publicly announce their same-sex wedding ceremony on a military base. I attended their wedding and wrote about their extraordinary life stories here on Slate. Show More Summary


In a June 13 "Bad Astronomy" blog post, Phil Plait identified a 2010 pertussis outbreak as being in 2013.

Born to Run

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured the rebuilt New Jersey Shore Tuesday and stopped by an arcade booth called Touchdown Fever. The game offered a stuffed bear to anyone who could toss a football through a tire. Show More Summary

The Gin and Tonic

The restaurant’s main dining room was, like my lunch partner’s expense account, majestically commodious, and the light softly filling its temperate air seemed as buttery as the kitchen’s Dover sole. Earlier this month in midtown Manhattan,...Show More Summary

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Yes, Prudie Reads Her Own Letters

At her live event in New York, Prudence laughed off the idea that she has a Dear Abby-style army of letter readers at her behest.

Manimal Rights

Attention, sane and insane scientists: Your experiments to create half-men, half-beasts may not be legal in every jurisdiction. The construction of such hybrid life forms is now prohibited in several Sun Belt states, including Arizona and Louisiana, and Mississippi lawmakers have introduced a bill to do the same.

Poor Little Tiger Cub

When Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011, it sparked controversy among many people but especially psychologists and experts in child development. The book, they felt, had lodged in the culture certain stereotypes about an Asian parenting style that was not well-studied or well-understood and certainly not ready to be held up as some kind of model.

Aw, Nuts

Racehorse owners often give their thoroughbreds funny or odd names. In this year’s Kentucky Derby, which will be held Saturday, the competitors include Itsmyluckyday, Charming Kitten, and Palace Malice. But owners can’t name their horses just anything. In 2007, Sports Nut explained the rules against obscene names.

How Many People Around You Receive Food Stamps?

Since the turn of the millennium, participation in the food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has more than doubled to 15 percent of all U.S. residents in January. In some parts of the country, as few as 1 in 20 people receive food stamps. Show More Summary

The Audio Book Club on Going Clear

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Going Clear, click the arrow on the player below.

Scrap the Corporate Income Tax

No cause is dearer to Washington than corporate income tax reform. The president is for it. The Republican House leadership is for it. Max Baucus, Democratic chairman of the relevant Senate committee is for it. (And boy, oh boy, is he for it. A New York Times article over the weekend revealed that no fewer than 28 former Baucus staffers are currently lobbying on tax issues.)

“You Are Not Alone”

Busloads of wisecracking Israeli students in T-shirts and jeans crushed up against a gate for over an hour in the hot sun, lining up at 1 p.m. for a 5 p.m. speech by Barack Obama. Each tried to outdo the other in performing American-accented...Show More Summary

Guys on Girls, Season 2

Seth Stevenson: Oh hey, David. Is this FaceSpace, or whatever?

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