Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

Associate Digital Editor

Helen Thompson is the associate digital editor at Science News. She helps manage the website, makes videos, builds interactives, 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. cheetah and wildebeests
    Animals

    Why midsize animals are the fastest

    New analysis delves into the mystery of why medium-sized animals are speedier than bigger ones.

  2. Curiosity selfie on lower Mount Sharp
    Planetary Science

    What Curiosity has yet to tell us about Mars

    Curiosity has revealed a lot about Mars in the last five years. But NASA’s rover still has work to do on the Red Planet.

  3. robot in maze
    Tech

    This robot grows like a plant

    A new soft robot navigates its environment by growing in a manner inspired by plants.

  4. diamondback moth
    Agriculture

    GM moth trial gets a green light from USDA

    GM diamondback moths will take wing in a New York field trial.

  5. Annie G.
    Genetics

    CRISPR adds storing movies to its feats of molecular biology

    Video and images could be stored in living bacteria with a little help from the iconic gene editor, CRISPR.

  6. male cockatoo
    Animals

    Male cockatoos have the beat

    Male cockatoos tap trees to a beat to get girls.

  7. paper wasp
    Animals

    Facial recognition changes a wasp’s brain

    A new study maps genes at play in a paper wasp’s brain during facial recognition.

  8. whale
    Paleontology

    Primitive whales had mediocre hearing

    Fossils suggest that early whale hearing was run-of-the-mill, along the same line as that of land mammals.

  9. SEM images of fish lips
    Animals

    Big slimy lips are the secret to this fish’s coral diet

    A new imaging study reveals how tubelip wrasses manage to munch on stinging corals.

  10. sarcophagus
    Genetics

    Mummy DNA unveils the history of ancient Egyptian hookups

    A study of DNA extracted from Egyptian mummies untangles ancient ancestry and attempts to resolve quality issues.

  11. sea scorpion illustration
    Paleontology

    Sea scorpions slashed victims with swordlike tails

    Ancient sea scorpion used a flexible, swordlike tail to hack at prey and defend against predators.

  12. parrotlet
    Animals

    Petite parrots provide insight into early flight

    High-speed video shows that tiny parrots direct their hops to use the least amount of energy necessary.