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.
Strategy
The secret life of your to-do list
Emma Betuel
A seemingly simple productivity tool is far more nuanced than you might think.
Investigation
Puff Bar vape: Flavored JUUL copycat's origins are "cloudier than most"
Emma Betuel
Puff Bar's popularity is surging, but no one knows anything about the mysterious company.
Armpit diaries
Trillions of tiny organisms may have shaped humanity in 3 ways
Emma Betuel
The story of our species may be in your armpit, a new theory suggests.
💐
Funeral flowers for a Neanderthal: New study reveals humanity and spirituality
Emma Betuel
The ancient people had healthy respect for their dead, reveals a new soil analysis.
Strategy
Make your business the center of the universe
Emma Betuel
Let's talk about understanding networks.
Mice on drugs
A tiny genetic change could alter the way the brain craves THC
Emma Betuel
One genetic variant may predispose mice — and people — towards a THC craving.
Gene flow
Society shapes our "health destinies," reports landmark study
Emma Betuel
The way we grow up has a lasting effect on our genes.
Here I am
100 scientific papers reveal the key to creating a lasting personal brand
Emma Betuel
Here's the science of personal branding.
The Drama
4 things science has taught us about the Oscars
Emma Betuel
Life, death, who wins, and who loses: the science is as dramatic as the event
Mind and Body
There’s a biological reason why you should “revisit" your memories
Emma Betuel
Newly explained "units" of memory operate like treasure maps.
Is weed SFW?
Marijuana's medicinal upside could change the future of work
Emma Betuel
A new study proposes a reason why marijuana should be legalized.
Meat your maker
How much red meat is healthy? Study reveals a sobering reality
Emma Betuel
There's no "safe" amount of unprocessed red meat you can eat, suggests new research.
Who knew? We knew
Scientists saw coronavirus coming — they have been warning us for decades
Emma Betuel
"We’ve been raising the flag on them for 15 years."
"let's take a hard five"
Avoid the flames of burnout with these tips from an academic
Emma Betuel
The people who study burnout show how to douse the flames that lead to it.
Hippos gonna hippo
Pablo Escobar's chaotic hippos are living their best life, but there's a huge downside
Emma Betuel
Well this was unexpected.
Last Call
Alcohol and the brain: Scientists quantify how much a gram ages the mind
Emma Betuel
Over time, drinking and smoking make the brain look significantly older than it should.
Hard to swallow
A common elementary school infection is evolving dangerous new abilities
Emma Betuel
The bacteria that cause strep throat are on the road to antibiotic resistance.
Mind and Body
EVALI: Lung scans show how vape illness tears through the lungs
Emma Betuel
New images reveal what EVALI looks like — and hint at what could stop it.
Mind and Body
Is it safe to drive on CBD? Scientists are worried about 1 side effect
Emma Betuel
The FDA cautions weary travelers about driving on CBD.
Mind and Body
3 harmful effects explain why vaping can damage the body
Emma Betuel
In the last two years, record numbers of teenagers started vaping. In 2019, 1.8 million more high schoolers said they picked up the habit. Now scientists are starting to understand what this means for the health of vapers.