Laura Helmuth Laura Helmuth

Laura Helmuth is Slate's science and health editor. 

Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AMThe Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
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.
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.
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
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.
Slate Plus
May 12 2014 1:09 PMThe Editor’s CreedTwo Slate editors debate their very different editing philosophies.
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.
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.
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.
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.




Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 6:22 PM Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
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.