Articles by Laura Helmuth


Dinosaur Sighting: Bedrock, Arizona

Everything that lives on the Galapagos Islands now flew in on the wind, rode a freak current, or floated on a raft of vegetation.

Top Ten Places Where Life Shouldn't Exist... But Does

Smithsonian lists the most improbable, inhospitable and absurd habitats on Earth


Fabulous New Fossil of a Human Ancestor

The robotic Cassini spacecraft which is now orbiting Saturn looked back toward the eclipsed Sun and saw a view unlike any other.

Fantastic Photos of our Solar System

In the past decade, extraordinary space missions have found water on Mars, magnetic storms on Mercury and volcanoes on the moons of Saturn


Strange Sex Lives of Orchids

Meteor Crater in Arizona is 4,000 feet wide and almost 600 feet deep.

The Ten Most Spectacular Geologic Sites

Smithsonian picks the top natural wonders in the continental United States


Hominids' African Origins, 50 Years Later


Curses! For Medicinal Use Only


What Color Was That Moa?


The New Flu? They're On It


Archaeological Treasure Safe From Dam (For Now)


What's in Your Fridge?


The Hubbub About Ida


Last Peeps of the Season


Picture of the Week—Saturn

A mysterious bird etched in stone at the ancient aboriginal rock art site in Western Australia.

Dampier Rock Art Complex, Australia

On the northwestern coast of Australia, over 500,000 rock carvings face destruction by industrial development

Charles Darwin

Emotional Expression in Apes Going Ape

One of the big themes of this year's AAAS meeting was—you guessed it— Charles Darwin


Dispatch from AAAS—Big Fish and other Award-Winning Stories

This weekend, fellow blogger Sarah and I are writing from the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. It's basically a greatest hits of science conference.


Ornithological Data From Your Own Backyard

It's time to fill up the birdfeeders, pull out the field guide, and polish your binocular lenses


Go to the Galápagos, See What Charles Darwin Saw

A senior editor visited the Galapagos - here's what she saw

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