Heating our homes kills 10,000 Americans per year

© VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images by Lloyd Alter PM2.5 is what used to be called fine soot, tiny particles less than 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, about 1/30th the width of a human hair. According to the EPA (for now, anyway), they are small enough that they get stuck in the lungs. A recent article in the Guardian says they can even penetrate the lungs and get into major organs, including the brain and testicles. They cause serious problems for people with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults. Now a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that … Continue reading Heating our homes kills 10,000 Americans per year

You Finally Have an Excuse for Acting Like a Baby When You’re Sick

by Tracy Moore New research has found that viruses might actually hit men harder Grab a box of tissues: Researchers may have cracked the code behind why men must take to bed as if hit by the Ebola virus when they only have a minor case of the sniffles: Their immune cells are weaker, Time reports. The study, published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity found that male mice who were exposed to bacteria causing a flu-like illness not only seemed sicker, but also took longer to get over it, plus, they had more fluctuation in body temperature, inflammation and fever. Studies on … Continue reading You Finally Have an Excuse for Acting Like a Baby When You’re Sick

The Periodic Stranger

IILLUSTRATIONS BY THOMAS ALLENMARCH When exile becomes home. BY DOMINIC PREZIOS My roots are in a hilltop village west of Matera, where rabbit and boar run riot in the fields. Figs, apricots, and pears hang in heavy clusters, at eye-level and within easy reach. There, the local girls are famous for their calves, made firm and strong from hauling earthen jugs up steep and stony paths. The weather is as a rule clement, neither too humid nor too arid. The air smells of limes. I think of it the way I think of the afterlife. It’s an improbable place conjured … Continue reading The Periodic Stranger

What is global history now?

Storm clouds gather above ships waiting to dock in Singapore. Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea professor of history and director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. His latest books are Worldly Philosopher: the Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman (2013) and the co-authored Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (4th ed, 2014).  Well, that was a short ride. Not long ago, one of the world’s leading historians, Lynn Hunt, stated with confidence in Writing History in the Global Era (2014) that a more global approach to the … Continue reading What is global history now?