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Headshot of Helen Thomson. Helen is a freelance science journalist and author.

Award-winning science

journalist and author

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A selection of popular articles. More examples are available at New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Future and Forbes.

New Scientist - Does it matter if my baby is not genetically related to me?

Bare Skins

Forbes - Survey of female sexual pleasure reveals what women really want


The Guardian - Narcolepsy medication modafinil is world's first safe 'smart drug'

Direction signs

The Guardian - The woman who is permanently lost

A person in a hospital bed

New Scientist - Minimally conscious people woken with a brain zap by their family

A woman decorating a cookie carefully - perfectionism can be a dangerous trait

New Scientist - How an epidemic of perfectionism is damaging our health

Three siblings happy on the beach

New Scientist - Sibling rivalry: How birth order affects your health and personality

A person in a swimming costume rubbing their back

Back Pain? Why popular treatments are making it worse

A woman looking concerned about the future

New Scientist - Worried about the future? The science behind coping with uncertainty

A person in the dark walking towards a crack of light

New Scientist - Why the line between life and death is now blurrier than ever

Surgical Scissors - doctors are placing people in suspended animation for the first time

New Scientist - EXCLUSIVE: People placed in suspended animation for the first time

Bowl of vegetables

New Scientist - Going vegan? Find out how much difference it really makes

Meditating on Beach - It's possible to train yourself to have less stress

New Scientist - Don't stress: The scientific secrets of people who keep a cool head

Image by Lloyd Kearney. A waltzer at a fairground can induce sickness in some people - here's why

New Scientist - Prone to motion sickness? Your sex, diet and shoe size may be to blame

A woman pulling on weights - strength training is one of the best things you can do for your health

New Scientist - Why strength training is one of the best things you can do for your health

Yoga Practice

New Scientist - Can brain stimulation boost the benefits of yoga?

A woman sitting by a window sill. Mental health can appear in many different forms

New York Times - From schizophrenia to megalomania [Book reviews]


BBC Future - "I have exploding head syndrome"

women working out - but how do you know if you're truly healthy

New Scientist - Are you truly healthy? These tests will provide the ultimate check-up

Antique Pocket Watch - How do our brains sense time?

New Scientist - How do we sense time. The brain cells that order our memories

A person getting a vaccine. There are things you can do to boost the success of vaccination

New Scientist - The 5 best things you can do to boost the power of a vaccine

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