Other Writing

Emily has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.

Since 2021, she has been a science reporter at The New York Times. Here are her latest stories for The Times.

Here is a selection of her freelance work:

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

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

"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.

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

"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.

"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.

"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 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.

"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.

"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.

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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