Emily Willingham, East Bay Times

Emily Willingham

East Bay Times

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Past articles by Emily:

Marin County’s Ring Mountain has much more to offer than views

Ring Mountain covers 385 acres, preserved as public lands in part thanks to the efforts of Phyllis Ellman, a Tiburon resident known as “Mother Botany” who fought to save the area from being develop… → Read More

Marin hike: Rain is finally here and so are fungi; head to Point Reyes to find them

Now that rains are gracing the thirsty hills and valleys of Marin with badly needed water replenishment, those in the know know it’s time to look around for the seasonal appearance of fungi. Whethe… → Read More

A plea on Twitter reconnects a once at-risk Bay Area youth with a woman who cared

Heather Ringo and Nancy Frumkes were brought together through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Marin when Ringo was an at-risk youth. The two were reunited through Twitter after 21 years. → Read More

Maine Headlands’ Hill 88, a bustling trail leads to a military past and public art of the present

If you take the time to make the climb, the mysteriously named Hill 88 is worth the effort. Rising 1,053 feet over popular Rodeo Beach and Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands, the hilltop once wa… → Read More

Everything You Need to Know about Polio in the U.S.

People fully vaccinated against polio have little to fear → Read More

Take in dual valley vistas from hike to the second-highest peak in Marin

Having the Marin hills practically on our doorstep means never going too far to find a hiking trail. But the vast network of trails and fire roads also means a hike could have no end unless you pin… → Read More

How Facebook Is Saving Snakes

Snake-identification groups on social media are turning serpent haters into appreciators → Read More

Point Reyes’ Limantour Spit at low tide unveils its secrets

Most people arriving at Limantour Beach at Point Reyes understandably make straight for the ocean. But for those willing to make a low-tide detour before they catch sight of the Pacific, some surpr… → Read More

Some Sugar Substitutes Affect Blood Glucose and Gut Bacteria

In a new study, participants who consumed sugar substitutes showed an altered microbiome and spikes in blood glucose → Read More

When Students Acquire Spatial Skills, Their Verbal Abilities Get a Boost

Learning to visualize objects might improve thinking in words, a finding that could enhance teaching methods → Read More

Marin Headlands’ Gerbode Valley hike brings the views and possibilities

The network of trails that crisscross Marin Headlands is a golden (gate) opportunity to create a hike that meets your demands. On a recent perfect blue-sky Sunday, we demanded a favorite outing tha… → Read More

Sending Health Care Workers instead of Cops Can Reduce Crime

A study shows that first responders who are not police can be more effective for low-level incidents → Read More

People Think Minority Groups Are Bigger Than They Really Are

Overestimating minority populations can lead to reduced support for diversity and inclusion programs → Read More

U.S. Records Reveal Bias against Muslim and Black Citizenship Applicants

The likelihood of attending a naturalization ceremony is lower for Black people, men and people from Muslim-majority countries → Read More

Humans Find AI-Generated Faces More Trustworthy Than the Real Thing

Viewers struggle to distinguish images of sophisticated machine-generated faces from actual humans → Read More

People Have Been Having Less Sex—whether They’re Teenagers or 40-Somethings

Among the young, social media, gaming and “rough sex” may contribute to this trend → Read More

Cannabis Use in Pregnancy Is Linked to Child Anxiety, Hyperactivity

Changes in the activity of immune system genes in the placenta could explain the association, researchers speculate → Read More

‘Breakthrough’ Infections Do Not Mean COVID Vaccines Are Failing

Getting flu again postinoculation is more common than a return case after a COVID shot → Read More

New Brain Implant Transmits Full Words from Neural Signals

No spelling out of letters is needed for a paralyzed person to use the first-of-a-kind neuroprosthesis → Read More

Why Scientists Tweak Lab Viruses to Make Them More Contagious

Some “gain of function” studies explore how a dangerous pathogen might cross species barriers to start an outbreak → Read More