Laura Helmuth
Laura Helmuth Laura Helmuth

Laura Helmuth is the health, science, and environment editor at the Washington Post. From 2012–2016, she was Slate’s science and health editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Two Lives
Sept. 12 2013 5:42 AMWhat Saved Your Life?Slate readers shared fascinating, heartwarming stories. Here are 50 fun ones.
Two Lives
Sept. 11 2013 8:06 AMThe Best Critique of Alternative Medicine EverIt’s an animated video. And it’s hilarious.
Two Lives
Sept. 10 2013 5:15 AMThe Disturbing, Shameful History of Childbirth DeathsIf you are pregnant, do not read this story.
Two Lives
Sept. 5 2013 7:08 AMHow Would You Have Died in 1811?Play our Wretched Fate game and risk dropsy, quinsy, consumption, and worms.
Science
July 15 2013 3:56 PMVirginia Heffernan’s Shameful ConfessionShe says she’s a creationist. Seriously.
Medical Examiner
June 11 2013 1:05 PMSo Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Called Us to Complain …He says scientists lie, journalists are scared of the CDC, and the government is poisoning children.
Culturebox
May 8 2013 6:00 AMWhat’s the Worst Thing a Teacher Ever Said to You?We thanked the good teachers yesterday. Now let’s remember the ones we hated.
Doublex
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.
Two Lives
Sept. 12 2013 5:41 AMJust How Long Can People Live?It’s one of the juiciest debates in science.
Two Lives
Sept. 11 2013 5:10 AMFourteen Oddball Reasons You’re Not Dead YetA selection of underappreciated people, innovations, and ideas that save lives.
Two Lives
Sept. 9 2013 5:45 AMLong Lives Made Humans HumanOld people were invented in the Paleolithic Age and perfected in the 20th century.
Two Lives
Sept. 5 2013 5:18 AMWhy Are You Not Dead Yet?Life expectancy doubled in the past 150 years. Here’s why.
The XX Factor
June 18 2013 4:45 PMHappy 30th Anniversary, Sally Ride’s First Space Flight. You Came Too Late.
The XX Factor
June 3 2013 1:06 PMThe Next Doctor in Doctor Who Should Be a Woman
The XX Factor
April 15 2013 9:00 AMIf You Want to Look Young, Ignore Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Advice on Looking Young
Science
Jan. 23 2013 3:48 PMCats Are EvilWhy New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife.
Im
Dec. 20 2012 2:09 PMIs The Impossible Reprehensible?Laura Helmuth and Dan Kois argue about the new movie based on the 2004 tsunami.
Science
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.
Science
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.
Science
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
Culturebox
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.