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Laura Helmuth is Slate's science and health editor. 

Science
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).
Science
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.
Science
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.
Science
Dec. 1 2014 10:26 AMJames Watson Throws a FitThe disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.
Science
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.
Science
July 4 2014 6:03 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Slate’s science editor on her favorite reads from Slate this week.
Faith-based
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.
Science
Dec. 23 2013 10:34 AMAnimals of the YearSlate’s best stories about other species.
Doublex
Oct. 17 2013 12:06 PMDon’t Be a CreepLessons from the latest terrible, sad, fascinating scandal in the science blogging world.
Science
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.

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