Articles by Shankar Vedantam



Taxpayer Inequality May Equal Cheating

  • 17 April 07
  • The Washington Post
Economists have long known that there are two reasons people cheat on their taxes. One is they are poor and need the extra cash so badly they are willing to risk getting caught.

Studies Confirm: Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

  • 04 July 06
  • The Washington Post
When Warren Buffett announced last week that he would be giving away more than $30 billion to improve health, nutrition and education, people all over America reflected on his remarkable generosity, pondered all the noble things the gift would achieve and asked themselves what they would do if someone were to give them that kind of dough.

Kyoto May Burden Poorest States Most

  • 17 March 05
  • The Washington Post
Sajida Khan, who has fought for years to close an apartheid-era dumpsite that she says has sickened many people in her predominantly brown and black community outside Durban, South Africa, was dismayed to learn recently that she faces a surprising new obstacle: the Kyoto global warming treaty.

Nuclear Fusion Splits Scientists

  • 06 March 02
  • The Washington Post
Nuclear physicists split Monday into camps of excitement and skepticism after a group of scientists announced they may have created nuclear fusion -- the awesome power that fuels the sun -- in a device the size of two coffee cups stacked one atop the other.

Happiness Comes in All Shapes, Sizes

  • 14 February 02
  • The Washington Post
More than a century ago, novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote, ""Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.""

Putting the Anthrax Scare Into Perspective

  • 10 October 01
  • The Washington Post
In April 1979, hundreds of residents of Sverdlovsk, now called Yekaterinburg, fell ill with flu-like symptoms, and 66 died.