Slate: Dr. Oz' miracle diet is malarkey
In Dr. Oz's New York City studio, garcinia extract — or hydroxycitric acid found in fruits like purple mangosteen — sounded fantastic, a promising new tool for the battle against flab. Outside the Oprah-ordained doctor's sensational world of amazing new diets, there's no real debate about whether garcinia works: The best evidence is unequivocally against it.
Slate: Can we replace the "Happy Birthday" song?
Creative Commons, the nonprofit organization behind those popular online copyright licenses, recently turned 10 years old. To mark the occasion, the Free Music Archive (FMA) has launched a contest to replace the "Happy Birthday" song with a new tune that people could use for free.
Women will rule cable TV in 2013
Could this finally be the year that, after more than a decade of prestige cable television dedicated to the anxieties of amoral, middle-aged men, women finally get their shot at star billing, both in front of the camera and behind it?
How telecommuting threatens the work/life balance
Earlier this year, a poll from Ipsos/Reuters found that about one in five workers around the globe telecommutes frequently.
Why women are now into power tools
Ana White, who runs a popular website devoted to woodworking for women, came out with her first book this fall. The cover of "The Handbuilt Home" showcases a huge hammer and a fair amount of pink.
Slate's Explainer: Why is cashmere more expensive than other kinds of wool?
Winter is upon us, which means that cashmere sweaters - a staple of holiday gift-giving and cold-weather fashion - have returned to store shelves. Those planning to purchase a garment boasting the label "100 percent cashmere" can expect a hefty price tag; at Banana Republic, one cardigan is priced at $198; elsewhere, you can find cashmere sweaters for upward of $500. Why is cashmere so much more expensive than other kinds of wool?
Slate: For 'Django' and 'Lincoln,' a woman problem
The release of Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western slavery revenge drama "Django Unchained" on the heels of Steven Spielberg's rather more sober biopic "Lincoln" has given moviegoers a holiday season full of questions about one of the darkest periods in American history.
Slate: Lady jerks of 2012
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is fond of repeating this business world double standard among groups of women: "Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women." So as men gain power, we like them more. As women rise in the ranks, we like them less.
Tech startups are about to start dropping like flies
One thousand startups will be orphaned; many will die. One billion dollars will have gone for naught. Bright young minds across the country will be out of work.
By 2062, your nurse will be a robot and your shirt will clean itself
To celebrate its 110th anniversary, the magazine Popular Mechanics has published a fascinating list of 110 predictions for the next 110 years, divided up by the decades in which they will occur.
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