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.
Dream Teams
Why an unexpected team is giving a famous work of art a necessary makeover
Emma Betuel
“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
Emma Betuel
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
Emma Betuel
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
Emma Betuel
“Things are about to get real.”
Dream Teams
How volcano scientists are teaming up to stop the next big disaster
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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.”
Dino derrière
Cloacal study gives a 'rare glimpse' into the sex lives of dinosaurs
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An incredibly rare rear-end fossil shows two ways dinosaurs communicated .
Cheese please
Scientists tackle a curious food mystery — why so many people hate cheese
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Cheese is a staple in Western cultures, but for some people it sparks disgust. The science of cheese haters suggests this isn't a weird reaction, it's common.
A proposal
The Case for a National Covid-19 Memorial Day on May 28
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We have a tendency to forget how bad pandemics can be. Grief leadership can help us learn from Covid-19, and May 28 is an appropriate day to remember the lives lost.
Sweet Dreams
Why bad sleep can make you vulnerable to future stress — study
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New research suggests fragmented sleep patterns contain a critical message.
Discovery
Can we grow a heart? Stunning new scans offer clues
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Stunning images of the developing heart could help us grow one from scratch.
Private Googles
Ejaculation study debunks a longstanding theory about the refractory period
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One hormone was thought to explain why men have to take time off after an orgasm ( called the male refractory period). Now scientists aren't so sure.