Laura Helmuth is the science and health editor for Slate magazine. Previously, she was the senior science editor for Smithsonian magazine and a writer and editor for Science magazine’s news department. She has written for California Wild, National Wildlife, Science News and written and edited for other travel, science, and health publications. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on the boards of The Open Notebook and the National Association of Science Writers.