Articles by Laura Helmuth

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Cities as Seen by Locals or Tourists

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When is the Right Time to Mate?

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Why Bird Brains Bloom in Spring

Under the right conditions, patterns emerge from the brain's monumental complexity.

Beauty of the Brain

Stunning new images reveal the marvelous and mysterious world inside our heads

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Good News for Food Safety

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Inviting Writing: Tomato Surprise

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Weirdest Pizza Toppings

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Inviting Writing: Romancing Guava Paste

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The Elephant Family Tree, Extinct and Extant

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The Tribal Tattoos of Science

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It's Hawk Watch Season

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Dinosaur Sighting: Maine's Pink Triceratops

The consequences of burning fossil fuels are already apparent.  We have just begun to see the effects of human-induced climate change.

The Ten Most Disturbing Scientific Discoveries

Scientists have come to some surprising conclusions about the world and our place in it. Are some things just better left unknown?

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Riled up About Geoengineering

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The Greatest Hits of Science

Abraham Lincoln ca. 1846, photographed in Springfield Illinois by N.H. Shepherd

Abraham Lincoln, True Crime Writer

While practicing law in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln defended a man in a highly unusual case and later recounted the mystery as a short story

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Winter Birds: Saved by the Suet?

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Visualize More Sunshine

We're past the winter solstice, bringing more sunlight to the Northern Hemisphere

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Ring-tailed Lemur: My Brother Stinks!

Birds That Fish... With Bait