Emma Betuel

Emma is a writer based in NYC. Previously, she covered health and biology for WBUR’s Commonhealth blog and The Borgen Project Magazine. Last year, she spent too much time reading Darwin’s notes on pea plants. She recently started questioning the nature of her reality.

Fact-check
Swollen testicles and the Covid vaccine: Scientists fact-check Nicki Minaj
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There’s no evidence “that any of the Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S. negatively impact male fertility.”
Feature
Delta-8-THC: The rise and fall of a cannabis "Wild West"
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Delta-8 exploded in popularity in 2020, but much of what's on the market could be unregulated or unsafe.
Not Sports
Giant bullet chess: The best way to break a sweat and flex your mind
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Checkmate.
Dream Teams
Inside the incredible journey to solve an ancient human mystery
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“You could literally spend decades excavating this cave and make new discoveries.”
Not Sports
How the Star Wars fandom turned an iconic weapon into competitive sport
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These athletes use lightsabers — only you can't call them that.
Future Love
Can travel romances last? These "digital nomads" describe the highs and lows
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A life of remote work can be a relationship pressure cooker. It can also deliver a soulmate.
Dream Teams
Why an unexpected team is giving a famous work of art a necessary makeover
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“It reflects the kind of collaboration and cooperation we'll all ultimately need.”
Not Sports
Not Sports: How geeky charm turned a WWII maneuver into a competitive sport
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Where am I? Which direction is the transmitter? Hopefully I don’t get lost.
Ancient humans
Human evolution theory debunked by ancient crystals and eggshells
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A new study challenges a dominant view about ancient Homo sapiens.
Dream Teams
What did dinosaurs look like? An unlikely team is debunking old beliefs
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“We all were really just astounded by how lifelike it was.”
Case closed
Scientists discover the mysterious cause of mass bald eagle deaths
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Scientists discovered a deadly three-part process, involving invasive plants, abundant bacteria, and chemicals in the environment, killed bald eagles.
GameStonk
The GameStop short squeeze hatched a new kind of YouTuber: the stonks streamer
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To the moon 🚀
Dream Teams
Is happiness measurable? How one team is redefining joy
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If we want to “build back happier,” we’ll have to know where to look.
Loci
This Ancient Greek memory trick hacks your brain for the better
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New research suggests techniques used by memory athletes can help the average person create longer-lasting memories.
Single shot
Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Its approval, effectiveness, timeline, and more
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What you need to know about effectiveness, availability, and more.
Not Sports
The improbable rise of competitive juggling means a new breathtaking sport
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“Things are about to get real.”
Dream Teams
How volcano scientists are teaming up to save the world
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This time around, we might actually see it coming.
Vaccine news
Do Covid-19 vaccines work against new variants? Scientists explain
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"I think this is one of the biggest advantages of the messenger RNA technology."
Rookie Year
Space archeologist Sarah Parcak on finding ancient cities — and your career
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The world's foremost space archaeologist reveals why ego and empathy influence success.
Mind and Body
Korfball: How a 120-year-old sport changed how men and women compete
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“If you're able to combine the strength of women and men in your team, then you really have the best opportunity.”