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. 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.

  2. damselfly
    Climate

    Higher temperatures could trigger an uptick in damselfly cannibalism

    Experiments in the lab suggest that increases in temperature could indirectly lead to an increase in cannibalistic damselfly nymphs.

  3. cuttlefish
    Animals

    Watch male cuttlefish fight over a female in the wild

    For the first time, researchers have observed the competitive mating behaviors of the European cuttlefish in the field.

  4. pelvic exoskeleton
    Tech

    New pelvic exoskeleton stops people from taking tumbles

    A new exoskeleton helps people prone to falling stay on their feet.

  5. Cerulean warbler
    Animals

    Trackers may tip a warbler’s odds of returning to its nest

    Geolocator devices that help track migrating birds could also hamper migration survival or timing.

  6. wandering albatross
    Animals

    Big dads carry weight among wandering albatrosses

    For male albatrosses, bulking up impacts survival and reproduction.

  7. dog breeds
    Animals

    Dog DNA study maps breeds across the world

    Here are five findings from a massive study of dog breed genomes.

  8. Hydrophylax bahuvistara
    Health & Medicine

    Frog slime protein fights off the flu

    Urumin, a protein found in Indian frog mucus secretions, has a knack for taking down H1 flu viruses, a new study finds.

  9. Hydrophylax bahuvistara
    Health & Medicine

    Frog slime protein fights off the flu

    Urumin, a protein found in Indian frog mucus secretions, has a knack for taking down H1 flu viruses, a new study finds.

  10. wall lizard
    Animals

    Size matters to lizards, but numbers may not

    Scientists have sized up the quantitative abilities of lizards and found that reptiles may not be as good with numbers as other vertebrates.

  11. Gentoo penguin
    Ecosystems

    Volcanic eruptions nearly snuffed out Gentoo penguin colony

    Penguin poop dumps data on how a Gentoo colony responded to ancient volcanic eruptions.

  12. Gentoo penguin
    Ecosystems

    Volcanic eruptions nearly snuffed out Gentoo penguin colony

    Penguin poop dumps data on how a Gentoo colony responded to ancient volcanic eruptions.