Emily has written more than 150 articles for newspapers and magazines. Here is a selection of her work.
"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.
“Accounting for Taste: Why is a mouth-watering delicacy to some a serving of slop to others?” Psychology Today. January/February 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.
“Inside the bullied brain: The alarming neuroscience of taunting.” The Boston Globe. November 28, 2010.
“Dads Get Blue, Too: The problem of postpartum depression in fathers.” Slate. November 4, 2010.
“Soft-headed intellectuals: What the octopus is revealing about the nature of intelligence.” The Boston Globe. July 25, 2010.
“She’s Hooked: The allure of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes ebbs and flows with a woman’s monthly cycle.’” Scientific American Mind. May/June 2010.
“Family Guy: Move over, ‘mommy brain.’ Men go through their own biological changes after a baby is born. But dads are programmed to challenge their kids, not coddle them.” Scientific American Mind. May/June 2010.
“Welcome to Outer (Head) Space: What can extreme environments teach us about weathering life’s ups and downs?” Psychology Today. April 2010.
“The Vita Myth: Do supplements really do any good?” Slate. January 6, 2010.
“Unfolding the mysteries of the brain: Researchers are learning to map the wrinkled landscape of the cerebral cortex for clues to how the mind develops.” The Boston Globe. August 3, 2009.
“Building Around the Mind: Brain research can help us craft spaces that relax, inspire, awaken, comfort and heal.” Scientific American Mind. April 2009.
“Revolutionary Minds: The Designers.” SEED. March/April 2008.
“E-noses Could Make Diseases Something to Sniff at: Diagnosing illnesses could be as easy as breathing.” Scientific American. January 11, 2008.
“Stretch Marks for Dads: What fatherhood does to the body and the brain.” Slate. June 14, 2007.
“The Vanishing Act: The world’s habitable spaces are under pressure. For those evicted by environmental change or conflict, is there ever any going back?” SEED. March 2007.
“The Battle Between Food and Fuel: Exploding demand for ethanol could inflate the price of food and threaten the world’s hungry.” SEED. August 29, 2006.
“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.
"Should we make animals smarter? Brain research raises the possibility of a very exotic future." The Boston Globe. March 31, 2013.
"Cyborg Roaches, Glow-in-the-Dark Fish, and Other Biotechnology Beasts.” Slate. February 25, 2013.
"Tracking the Pack: Modern communications technologies are reshaping our relationships with other species." The New York Times. February 3, 2013.
“‘Resurrection’ feat gives hope for future vaccines.” BBC Future. November 21, 2012.
“Insect-eating sundew plant heals wounds.” BBC Future. November 8, 2012.
“The bleeding edge of self-healing skin-like materials.” BBC Future. October 25, 2012.
“Cuttlefish provide smart fashion tips.” BBC Future. September 12, 2012.
“Swing the Vote: The curious science of ballot-casting.” Psychology Today. November/December 2010.
“I, Robot.” Yale Alumni Magazine. July/August 2010.
“Profane Brain: The World of Taboo Words.” Psychology Today. July/August 2010.
“Scientists Turn to Silk Strands for Surgery, Circuits.” Popular Mechanics. April 27, 2010.
“What a Pest: Why the Black Death still won’t die.” Foreign Policy. November 2009.
“Conservation Cuisine.” Discover. July 7, 2009.
“The New White Meat: Raising Chicken Nuggets in a Petri Dish.” New York. January 11, 2009.
“Nomadic Hand-Me-Downs: What’s to blame for obesity, lactose intolerance, and ADHD? Some researchers are pointing squarely at hunter-gatherers. ” Discover. December 2008.
“Discount Drugs: Meet America’s first nonprofit pharmaceutical company.” GOOD. November/December 2008.
“Is the Nastiness of ‘The Real Housewives’ Contagious?” New York. April 21, 2008.
“US Cancer Researchers Go Abroad for Trials.” The Boston Globe. December 29, 2007.
“The Human-Influenced Evolution of Dogs: Thanks to their domestication and favored pet status, dogs have enjoyed a genetic variability known to few other species.” SEED. July 18, 2006.
“‘Lab Chickens’ Challenge Lab Mice: How a new technique to create transgenic chickens could have us cracking eggs for the next miracle cure.” SEED. June 12, 2006.