Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

Adding a new weapon to the fight against insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved a new chemical that both repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. The chemical, nootkatone, an oil found in cedar trees and grapefruits, is so safe that it is used by the food and…

Details

As U.S.-China Ties Deteriorate, Taiwan’s Importance Grows

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States’ top health official lauded Taiwan’s democracy and its response to the coronavirus. Taiwan’s president hailed the island’s growing economic and public health ties with the United States. Yet just offstage from this show of bonhomie on Monday between Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services,…

Details

AIDS Quilts for an Artist and His Partner, Sewn During a New Pandemic

Since the fall of 2019, six women, some from the art world, others retired social workers, had labored on two AIDS quilts devoted to the memories of the artist David Wojnarowicz and his partner, Tom Rauffenbart. The women converged from all over New York City on the neighborhood of Washington Heights, at the home of…

Details

Daniela Soto-Innes Is One of the Most Exciting Chefs Working Today

“Can you hug?” This was one of the countless questions the chef Daniela Soto-Innes had to ask herself in May while turning Atla, her contemporary Mexican all-day cafe in New York’s NoHo neighborhood, into a takeout spot that could operate effectively while keeping its staff safe during the pandemic. She and her nine cooks were…

Details

The Acclaimed Soba Maker Who Champions Home Cooking

Wandering among the artisanal shops of Kamakura, Japan, with her grandmother, a young Sonoko Sakai used to watch with fascination as tofu makers, tea roasters and rice millers crafted their products by hand. There was a fishmonger who delicately sliced and dried his fish on wire mesh screens, and a senbei (rice cracker) maker who…

Details

A Designer Who Got Her Discipline From Dance

When the New York-based women’s wear designer Marina Moscone was 3, she stole her father’s burgundy leather briefcase and used it to carry around the sketches she made wherever she went. Not long after, she announced to her parents that she was becoming a fashion designer. A few years later, at age 7, she decided…

Details

The Designer Bringing Traditional Persian Fabrics to British Men’s Wear

This past January, during men’s fashion week in London, the designer Paria Farzaneh invited guests to an East London boys’ school for an Iranian wedding. A bride sat onstage in a traditional white lace gown before a banquet of Persian pastries and urns overflowing with pastel-colored roses and baby’s breath. The groom, seated next to…

Details

At Least 97,000 Children in the U.S. Tested Positive in Last 2 Weeks of July

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageA child gets a test at a site in Compton, Calif., in April.Credit…Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At least 97,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July. At least 97,000…

Details

She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to…

Details

On the Shores of Cape Cod, Where the Oyster Is Their World

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Randy Harris shares a collection of images from the shores of Cape…

Details