Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San Diego this week, is a topic plaguing many of its members: the recurring appropriation of the field’s research in the name of white supremacy. “Sticking your neck out on political issues is difficult,” said Jennifer Wagner,…

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Cindy R. Lobel, Who Traced New York History Through Food, Dies at 48

Cindy R. Lobel, an urban historian who did pathbreaking research on the economic and social elements of life in 19th-century New York through the lens of food and eating, died on Oct. 2 in Manhattan. She was 48. Her death, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was caused by breast cancer, her husband, Peter Kafka,…

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Trilobites: City Rats Eat Meat. Country Rats Eat What They Can.

It’s been nearly 3,000 years since Aesop wrote “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” the fable in which an urban rodent exposes his rural cousin to the city’s superior dining options. A new study suggests Aesop was right about the geographical differences in rodent diets. By analyzing the remains of brown rats that lived…

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ELLE Editorial: Carry On

Mohair and satin coat, $5,350, jumpsuit, $3,000, both, Bottega Veneta. Velour felt hat, Gigi Burris Millinery, $385. Silk scarf, Hermès, $395. Brass hoops, Jennifer Fisher, $175. Diamond ear cuff, Anita Ko, $2,050. Leather bangles, both, Lauren Manoogian, $110–$140 each. Diamond and multicolor gold bracelet, gold and diamond watch, both, Cartier. Gold and diamond bracelets, ring,…

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Take a Number: Cats v. Rats? In New York, the Rats Win

New York rats are big and bad. They sit calmly on the subway tracks, ignoring discomfited commuters on the platform. They stroll through Central Park as if they owned the place. They pretty much rule the East Village. And they do not have much to fear from cats, a new study suggests. In the report,…

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Time’s Up Co-Founder to Represent ‘Media Men’ List Creator

Roberta A. Kaplan, a founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, said on Tuesday that she will represent Moira Donegan, the creator of a widely circulated list of “media men” accused of sexual misconduct. Ms. Donegan is the only named defendant in a lawsuit that was filed against her by Stephen Elliott, one of…

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Mario Buatta, Interior Designer and ‘Prince of Chintz,’ Dies at 82

Mario Buatta, one of the country’s leading interior decorators, who was widely known as the Prince of Chintz, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 82. His death, at a hospital, was confirmed by his friend Christopher Mason, who said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Mr. Buatta was frequently referred to as exhibitionistic, self-promoting…

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Scene City: Wired Magazine Turns 25 With a Brainy Party

SAN FRANCISCO — Roughly an hour into a dinner party for Wired magazine’s 25th birthday on Sunday, two of the night’s biggest stars arrived: Serena Williams and Stewart Brand. Ms. Williams is the global tennis superstar. Mr. Brand is the 79-year-old founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, the influential counterculture magazine published mostly between 1968…

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Nonfiction: The Man Who Pioneered Food Safety

Harvey Washington Wiley was born in a log cabin on April 16, 1844, a fitting entrance for an American hero. His father was a farmer and a lay preacher in southern Indiana who sheltered escaped slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. Wiley served briefly in the Civil War, studied medicine in Indiana and chemistry…

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April Bloomfield Breaks Her Silence About Harassment at Her Restaurants

The chef Traci Des Jardins, a friend of Ms. Bloomfield, said that early in her own career, she had partnered with a powerful man to create an acclaimed restaurant. “Imagine how difficult it would be to be in partnership in your late 20s when you are so naïve and really don’t know anything about business…

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