Other Writing

Emily has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and digital publications. Here is a selection of her work. 

Latest stories for The New York Times.

"The Delta Variant Is Sending More Children to the Hospital. Are They Sicker, Too?" The New York Times. August 9, 2021.

"'X’ Marks the Spot: Officials Map a Route Out of the Pandemic." The New York Times. August 1, 2021.

"How science museums reinvented themselves to survive the pandemic." Science News. June 4, 2021.

"Subway Swabbers Find a Microbe Jungle and Thousands of New Species." The New York Times. May 26, 2021.

"The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus." The New York Times. May 17, 2021.

"From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data." The New York Times. May 7, 2021.

"Has the Era of Overzealous Cleaning Finally Come to an End?" The New York Times. April 8, 2021.

"The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air." The New York Times. March 24, 2021.

"Three Feet or Six? Distancing Guideline for Schools Stirs Debate." The New York Times. March 16, 2021.

"Clinical Trials Are Moving Out of the Lab and Into People’s Homes." The New York Times. February 18, 2021.

"Television Review: A New Wave of Vibrant Science Programs." Undark. January 8, 2021.

"Alexa, do I have COVID-19? Researchers are exploring ways to use people’s voices to diagnose coronavirus infections, dementia, depression and much more." Nature. September 30, 2020.

"The Great Experiment: The pandemic is tragic. It’s also an incredible chance to study human behavior." The Washington Post. September 10, 2020.

"Our Bodies Process Medicines Best at Certain Times of Day." The Atlantic. August 18, 2020.

"Better playground design could help kids get more exercise." Science News. August 9, 2020.

"Senior Care Homes Are Becoming High-Tech Medical Devices." Slate, August 5, 2020. [An excerpt from The Great Indoors.]

"Coronavirus Lockdowns May Raise Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution." Scientific American. June 1, 2020.

"Book Review: An Obsessive Fish Scientist and His Dark Side." Undark. May 1, 2020.

"The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping: How climate change is altering nature’s sonic landscape." The New York Times. April 21, 2020.

"Pandemics spread in hospitals. Changes in design and protocols can save lives." The Washington Post. March 17, 2020.

"Sponsors of clinical trials may report data late or never." Spectrum. February 10, 2020.

"A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine." The Atlantic. November 7, 2019.

"A Floating House To Resist the Floods of Climate Change." The New Yorker. January 3, 2018.

"Why We Can't Have the Male Pill." Businessweek. August 3, 2017.

"The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats." The New York Times Magazine. May 16, 2017.

"The Claws Come Out: In ‘Cat Wars,’ a migratory-bird expert says it’s time to get millions of cats out of circulation. Cat lovers respond in kind." Undark. November 4, 2016.

"Are Humans Creating More Species Than We're Killing?" The Atlantic. October 11, 2016.

"The Office Experiment: Can science build the perfect workspace?" Nature. September 14, 2016.

"The Smart, Agile, and Completely Underrated Dodo." The Atlantic. June 8, 2016. 

"The Glossary of Happiness." The New Yorker. May 12, 2016.

"Cogito Ergo Sum … Avis? A growing literature showcases the keenness of animal minds — and highlights the limitations of our own." Undark. May 9, 2016. 

"Pocket Psychiatry. Mobile mental-health apps have exploded onto the market, but few have been thoroughly tested." Nature. April 7, 2016.

"Dog DNA Testing Gets Its Day.Businessweek. April 6, 2016.

"Hard Labour: The case for testing drugs on pregnant women." Mosaic. November 24, 2015

"Our Dust, Ourselves." The New Yorker. November 4, 2015. 

"The life and times of a human crash dummy." The Washington Post. August 28, 2015.

"The Trouble with Checklists. An easy method that promised to save lives in hospitals worldwide may not be so simple after all." Nature. July 30, 2015.

"Apes in a Human World." The New Yorker. April 22, 2015.

"Evidence-based medicine: Save blood, save lives. Transfusions are one of the most overused treatments in modern medicine, at a cost of billions of dollars. Researchers are working out how to cut back." Nature. March 31, 2015.

"Searching for a Magical Creature, Finding a Need for Wild Places." The New York Times. March 23, 2015.

"Marching One By One." The New Yorker. March 3, 2015.

"When Fish Shout." The New Yorker. November 10, 2014.

"Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?Mosaic. October 14, 2014.

"Vietnam's Neuroscientific Legacy." The New Yorker. October 2, 2014.

"If Trauma Victims Forget, What Is Lost to Society? A pill to dampen memories stirs hope and worry." Nautilus. July 17, 2014.

"Does That Cat Have O.C.D.? 'Animal Madness': A Look at Tense Dogs, Elephants, and More." The New York Times. July 7, 2014.

"Trusting Our Robots: We love them when they admit fault." Wired. June 2014.

The future of sex? Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex.” Mosaic. March 4, 2014.

"Animals Bow to Their Mechanical Overlords: Robots are infiltrating insect, fish, and bird communities--and seizing control." Nautilus. February 13, 2014.

"Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid." The New York Times. November 18, 2013.

"Beauteous Beasts: Humans have been breeding animals for beauty for centuries. But should we draw the line at genetically modified pets?" Aeon. March 25, 2013.

Made Whole: Designed for animals, these advanced prosthetics could also help get human amputees moving again.” Wired. October 2011.

The Bad Daddy Factor: Drinking, smoking, taking prescription meds or failing to eat a balanced diet can influence the health of men’s future children.” Miller-McCune. January/February 2011.

Welcome to Outer (Head) Space: What can extreme environments teach us about weathering life’s ups and downs?” Psychology Today. April 2010.

Building Around the Mind: Brain research can help us craft spaces that relax, inspire, awaken, comfort and heal.” Scientific American Mind. April 2009.

Discount Drugs: Meet America’s first nonprofit pharmaceutical company.” GOOD. November/December 2008.

"The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: When during the day should you take your medication? Good question." Slate. November 1, 2007.

When researchers are the guinea pigs: Should scientists be allowed to continue studying themselves?” The Boston Globe. December 12, 2005.

DNA sequence in hand, dog geneticists aim to build a better pooch.” The Boston Globe. September 7, 2004.

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