Helen Thompson is the multimedia editor at Science News. She makes videos, creates data visuals, helps manage the website, wrangles cats and occasionally writes about things like dandelion flight and whale evolution. She has undergraduate degrees in biology and English from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and strong opinions about tacos. Before Science News, she wrote for Smithsonian, NPR.org, National Geographic, Nature and others.

All Stories by Helen Thompson

  1. Paleontology

    Tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other

    Evidence from a tyrannosaur skull and jaw fossils add to the argument that the ancient reptiles fought and weren’t above scavenging their own.

  2. Genetics

    Mummies tell tuberculosis tales from the crypt

    Hungarian mummies contracted multiple strains of tuberculosis at the same time, researchers find.

  3. Humans

    Natural selection may be growing taller Dutch people

    Over the past 200 years, natural selection may have driven the evolution of taller Dutch people, researchers posit.

  4. Animals

    Distinct voices fill the fish soundscape at night

    Researchers find that fish sound frequencies overlap more during the day and are more distinct at night.

  5. Oceans

    UV light reveals hidden patterns on seashell fossils

    Under UV light, fossil seashell color patterns glow, a researcher finds.

  6. Animals

    Fossilized seashells’ true colors revealed

    To the naked eye, fossilized seashells lack the colorful patterns of their living counterparts. But ultraviolet light can reveal some of their unique hues.

  7. Animals

    Heat makes scuttling tarantulas less coordinated

    On hot days, tarantula run faster, but their may be harder to bend and flex at high speeds, researchers find.

  8. Animals

    Songbird crosses the Atlantic in a nonstop flight

    Using light-sensing geolocators, researchers confirm an iconic songbird’s impressive transoceanic migration.

  9. Microbes

    Some superbugs lurk in Britain’s surf

    In Great Britain’s coastal waters, surfers and swimmers are exposed to low levels of drug-resistant E. coli, a new study finds.

  10. Animals

    Panda stalking reveals panda hangouts

    Scientists used GPS trackers to learn about the giant panda lifestyle.

  11. Astronomy

    Enigmatic 17th century nova wasn’t a nova at all

    A nova observed in 1670 was actually two stars colliding, new evidence suggests.

  12. Life

    A vineyard’s soil influences the microbiome of a grapevine

    Vineyard soil microbes end up on grapes, leaves and flowers, study finds.