A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

People watch the sunset in Singapore, where the haze Pollutant Standards Index reached a high of 186 in October 2015 EDGAR SU / REUTERS A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes. by OLGA KHAZAN It’s fairly well-known that a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and genetics can all contribute to type 2 diabetes. But a new global study points to an additional, surprising culprit: the air pollution emitted by cars and trucks. Though other research has shown a link between diabetes and air pollution in the past, this study is one of the largest of … Continue reading A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

Eating for Peace

DIPLOMACY AT WORK: Customers wait outside an Israeli restaurant in the 2nd district of Paris.Shutterstock.com How cuisine bridges cultures. BY MATTHEW SEDACCA It’s a cold evening in New York City and I’m making Nepalese donuts. Or, I should say, Rachana Rimal, a cheerful woman with a dash of sassiness, is teaching me and five other novice cooks to make them. The savory scent of spices in Rimal’s kitchen in Queens allows us to feel like we’ve been transplanted to her childhood home in Kathmandu, where she learned to cook by watching her mother work magic with recipes handed down over generations. … Continue reading Eating for Peace

From Immigrant to Inventor: The Great Serbian-American Scientist Michael Pupin on the Value of a Penniless Immigrant Boy Full of Promise

Michael Pupin, 1916. “An immigrant can see things which escape the attention of the native.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Society has discovered discrimination as the great social weapon by which one may kill men without any bloodshed,”Hannah Arendt wrote in her timeless, increasingly timely meditation on the immigrant experience and the meaning of “refugee.” But discrimination is also a self-inflicted wound by which the society perpetrating it bleeds internally — not only because it lacerates the moral fabric of the culture, but because it is a means by which a society cheats itself of the vital polyphony of voices necessary for symphonic polity. That is … Continue reading From Immigrant to Inventor: The Great Serbian-American Scientist Michael Pupin on the Value of a Penniless Immigrant Boy Full of Promise