Helene McLaughlin Helene

Helene McLaughlin has been a contributing writer to the GeekMom blog since early 2011, encouraged by her husband and fellow Wired GeekDad writer. Before her life as a stay-at-home-mom to two little boys she was a data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She has discovered supernovae, explored the Orion Nebula, scanned the Hubble Deep Field, processed Spitzer galaxy images, and analyzed countless FUSE spectra. Her love of science started at a very young age and her passion for getting kids excited about science started in high school. She has put on summer camps specifically for 4th and 5th grade girls focused entirely on space science. Helene is an avid photographer. She recently started a family photography business with a geeky flair, Rassilon Photography. Helene is an avid Doctor Who and Torchwood fan. She also loves Eureka, Warehouse 13, Sherlock and her guilty pleasure is Amazing Race.

GeekMom Holiday Traditions: Ornaments with Meaning

GeekMom Helene's family Christmas tree tree tells the family history one ornament at a time.

Government Shutdown: Frozen Scientific Research

The government shutdown, from a GeekMom point of view.

Hangout with Astronauts Today

Today, May 23rd, from 3-4 PM EDT, you can join a NASA hosted Google+ hangout with three of the former International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. NASA astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield of ...

Anakin Skywalker’s New Shoes

When Anakin was a young boy, he must have been outfitted with shoes from the Stride Rite on Tatooine. These children's shoes are the latest in the Star Wars collection offered by Stride Rite. This latest collection ...

On Wednesday the news feeds and Twitter were all aflutter about the Mythbuster team’s wild cannonball. Seems a test firing went awry during a shoot, and a 30-pound cannonball traveling 1,000 feet per second ...

Here at GeekMom, we want to wish all of our American readers a Happy Thanksgiving! This year make sure to take time to find the perfect turkey! Even the most armed turkey tastes good with gravy and stuffing! ...

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded yesterday. I have to tell you that I was shocked and thrilled when I heard the announcement on the radio. You see, when I was working at Space Telescope Science Institute, one ...

Who knew dating a geek could be so confusing or controversial? GeekMom Ruth‘s post concerning Alyssa Bereznak’s online rant about her date with Jon Finkel, was just the tip of the iceberg. I’d bet ...

I have now experienced two earthquakes in my life, the first on July 16, 2010, the same morning my son was born, and again yesterday, August 23, 2011. I never thought that living on the East Coast that I’d ...

I’m scared, no… terrified. There it is on the horizon. Looming in the not so distant future. If humans can build a rocket to take astronauts to the moon why can’t they build something to make this ...