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.
We like the moon
Can we drink the Moon water? Scientists explain
Emma Betuel
Your scientific guide to what the Moon's water probably tastes like.
Coronavirus 2021
A year after Covid-19, 2 factors are critical to making it through 2021
Emma Betuel
New projections hint at what could happen by February.
Pandemic Predictions
Why outbreaks can still happen, even if most people get vaccinated — study
Emma Betuel
A 2019 disease reveals a key lesson about herd immunity in 2020.
Autopsy Report
Why scientists are finding "new" organs in the body
Emma Betuel
Human anatomy is riddled with controversies.
The other THC
Delta-8-THC: Scientists explain the cannabis industry's "latest hype"
Emma Betuel
How it's different from Delta-9-THC, why it may have vast potential, and a word of caution.
Pop Quiz
Scientists investigate what percentage of math ability is genetic
Emma Betuel
It's a balance between nature and nurture.
Fauci Dispatch
3 Fauci quotes to guide how to live during the fall coronavirus surge
Emma Betuel
Dr. Fauci on Thanksgiving, voting, and why we should focus on public health rather than lockdowns.
Not Sports
Not Sports: Dodgeball's transformative journey from gym class to world class
Emma Betuel
The future of dodgeball might look nothing like its past.
Culture
Study pinpoints exactly why millennials are so disillusioned with democracy
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Here's how scientists think this will affect this year's election.
trick or treat
Scientists reveal the biggest mistake you can make this Halloween
Emma Betuel
Here's how to have a sanitary spook season.
The Superhero Issue
Scientists are uncovering the graves of real-life women warriors
Emma Betuel
New techniques are revealing female fighters once erased from history.
Not so fast
Study reveals the one mistake people make about how to use CBD
Emma Betuel
"Clearly the public did not randomly infer that CBD cures nearly all medical conditions."
True Blood
Does your blood type impact risk of Covid-19?
Emma Betuel
"Some interesting biology is at work."
Fauci Dispatch
Three Fauci quotes reveal how politics intersect with the pandemic
Emma Betuel
This week, Fauci talks a controversial campaign ad, Trump's positive coronavirus case, and the fall surge.
Second Time Around
What the first US case of Covid-19 reinfection means for future vaccines
Emma Betuel
You can get coronavirus twice — scientists explain why.
The Superhero Issue
The science of real-life 'Wonder Women' is rewriting human history
Emma Betuel
"We know they're there, and we're finding them in graves."
Fauci Dispatch
Anthony Fauci: 4 quotes that explain the pandemic in the United States
Emma Betuel
Fauci on the President's illness, the spread of Covid-19 in DC, and more.
Not Sports
Why Slamball's founder thinks the topsy-turvy sport may finally succeed
Emma Betuel
Is the world ready for Slamball?
Blood Test
Plasma study hints how long Covid antibodies last in the blood
Emma Betuel
Coronavirus antibodies have an expiration date.
Pandemic Meets Infodemic
Trump's positive coronavirus case could set off an important ripple effect
Emma Betuel
Trump's positive Covid-19 test may set the pandemic and the "infodemic" on a collision course.