Laura Helmuth Laura Helmuth

Laura Helmuth is Slate's science and health editor. 

The XX Factor
April 15 2013 9:00 AMIf You Want to Look Young, Ignore Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Advice on Looking Young
Jan. 23 2013 3:48 PMCats Are EvilWhy New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife.
Dec. 20 2012 2:09 PMIs The Impossible Reprehensible?Laura Helmuth and Dan Kois argue about the new movie based on the 2004 tsunami.
Nov. 7 2012 10:13 AMHow Did Science, Medicine, and the Environment Do in the Elections?Your House of Representatives now has twice as many physicists.
Sept. 29 2012 10:23 AMWhy Is Romney Campaigning on Medical Quackery?He's going after the ultimate niche voter: Virginia’s Lyme disease conspiracy theorists.
Sept. 5 2012 2:52 PMRomney Out-Debates ObamaHow the GOP candidate schooled the president on science policy.
The XX Factor
Aug. 20 2012 10:24 AMTodd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment Was Not a Misstatement. It Was a Worldview
July 16 2012 4:48 PMJonathan Franzen Is the World’s Most Annoying Bird-WatcherHe shouldn’t be the public face of this wonderful pastime.
Feb. 4 2013 2:33 PMDanica Patrick, Shut Up and DriveRacing’s fastest female is throwing the women’s movement into reverse.
Nuclear Power
Jan. 21 2013 5:34 AMChernobyl’s Wildlife SurvivorsThe radioactive fallout zone has turned into a refuge.
The XX Factor
Nov. 7 2012 5:26 PMGay Marriage Won the Vote, But Would Your Marriage?
Tv Club
Oct. 21 2012 9:45 PMDexter, Season 7Isn't there an incest taboo for adopted siblings?
The XX Factor
Sept. 6 2012 12:30 PMNew Blow To Evolutionary Psychology is Good News for Women Who Want Men Who Cook and Clean
The XX Factor
Aug. 23 2012 2:30 PMDude, Bank Your Sperm. It’ll Get You Laid.
Culture Gabfest
July 25 2012 1:19 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Batman and Robins EditionSlate's podcast about The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film The Clock, and the HBO documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect.


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.


It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The Only Good Thing That Happened at Today’s Soul-Crushing U.N. Climate Talks

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 6:40 PM Coalition of the Presentable Don’t believe the official version. Meet America’s real allies in the fight against ISIS.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.