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.

Slate Plus
Nov. 5 2015 6:01 AMThe Best Comments Are on Science StoriesThey are smart, meta, and funny. 
Sept. 3 2015 10:00 AMYour Favorite ClassesReaders recommend religion, logic, psychology, and dirt.
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Aug. 21 2015 2:50 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?The best part of the week? Meeting members like you at happy hours in New York and D.C.
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June 17 2015 1:09 PMThe Editor’s CreedTwo Slate editors debate their very different editing philosophies.
Behind the Scenes
Dec. 31 2014 1:16 PMSlate Staffers Pick Their Out-of-Left-Field Favorite Slate Articles of 2014
Dec. 1 2014 10:26 AMJames Watson Throws a FitThe disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.
Nov. 26 2014 3:07 PMSpecies Worth SavingWhy we should be thankful for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 26 2014 1:29 PMHugger-in-ChiefIn embracing an Ebola victim, Barack Obama succeeded where Ronald Reagan failed.
Slate Picks
Aug. 13 2014 7:31 AMSongs That Make Slate NostalgicA roundup of the music from high school that staffers still love.
July 4 2014 6:03 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Slate’s science editor on her favorite reads from Slate this week.
May 12 2014 2:24 PMWitness to an ExorcismHow Pope Francis and the Vatican deal with the devil.
The Slatest
April 17 2014 9:44 PMHere's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink
Slate Picks
March 17 2014 11:00 AMLions and Hippos and Jellyfish, Oh MyThe best animal stories in books, articles, and movies, from Slate’s Wild Things writers.
Human Genome
Oct. 30 2013 2:14 PMWatch Francis Collins Lunge for the Nobel PrizeAn underhanded attempt by the National Institutes of Health to claim full credit for sequencing the human genome.
Oct. 10 2013 8:14 AMWho Will Win a Nobel Prize?Everything you need to know about the contenders, rivalries, scandals, and politics of the famous awards.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2015 2:37 PMRed Peppers Are Just Ripe Green Peppers, and Other Mind-Blowing Fruit and Vegetable Facts
Cover Story
Aug. 31 2015 5:02 AMWhat Classes Should I Take?These are the most useful, practical, life-altering, and enriching courses in an ideal catalog.
Behind the Scenes
July 8 2015 1:18 PMSweet Dreams Are Made of ThisDo recurring dreams mean anything? Slate staffers discuss.
Slate Voice
Feb. 3 2015 7:30 AMSlate Voice: “James Watson Throws a Fit”Listen to Laura Helmuth read her piece about the tarnished legacy of a Nobel laureate.
Dec. 16 2014 6:18 PMMerry and BrightChristmas decorations are visible from space.
Behind the Scenes
Nov. 28 2014 5:00 PMOur Media Thanksgiving ListThe podcasts, websites, and apps Slate-sters are thankful for.
TV Club
Nov. 17 2014 8:00 AMThe Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Final Thoughts on Series 8    Phil Plait and Mac Rogers on the finale and the season.
Better Summer
Aug. 26 2014 11:47 PMGet SmashedBadminton is the best party icebreaker (well, next to alcohol).
July 20 2014 2:54 PMDon’t Feel Sorry for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.A Washington Post profile portrays him as passionate and sympathetic. He’s actually obsessive and dangerous.
Slate Picks
June 11 2014 10:14 AMSome Capital EatsSlate-sters dish on their favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Behind the Scenes
May 8 2014 4:40 PMDear Prudence Talks Moms, Moms-in-Law, and MoreA Slate Plus exclusive: Listen to the Dear Prudence Mommy Dearest event, recorded live in Washington, D.C.
Behind the Scenes
March 19 2014 2:12 PMShould Slate Change Its G.D. Profanity Policy? Three Editors Debate.
Dec. 23 2013 10:34 AMAnimals of the YearSlate’s best stories about other species.
Oct. 17 2013 12:06 PMDon’t Be a CreepLessons from the latest terrible, sad, fascinating scandal in the science blogging world.
Sept. 12 2013 5:15 PMWatch the Ig Nobel PrizesTonight is the weirdest night in science.