The Way to a Better Meatball

Good morning. Alison Roman likes her meatballs crisp, her eggplant, too, and she never puts sauce over them but under, so that she can thrill to the crunch. This week, for the Food section we printed overnight and sent out in vans and sedans to deliver to the vicinity of the front porches, stoops and…

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Black Scientists Held Back by Perceptions of Their Priorities

ImageAn oncology unit at Cleveland Clinic. Research projects focusing on actual patients are less likely to get funding than laboratory science.CreditT.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times Scientific research ideally is colorblind, with merit the only factor in hiring, publishing or the awarding of research grants. But the reality often falls short. Eight years ago,…

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The Slopes Are Green at Copenhagen’s First Ski Hill. Really.

In Copenhagen, the Danish capital that pledges to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025, a 410-foot tall smoke stack is a cause for celebration and the massive incinerator beneath it the latest tourist attraction. Especially if you bring skis. The Amager Bakke powerplant, designed by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, turns local trash…

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How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap

In most restaurants in America, the children’s menu is where you’ll find the least nutritious foods: Chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, pizza and French fries are the standard “kid friendly” offerings. But that wasn’t always the case. In the 1920s and ’30s, restaurants offered their youngest patrons their healthiest meals. Back then children’s menus were designed…

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Inside the Nordstrom Dynasty

Blake Nordstrom was a model Nordstrom. He was nice about being competitive and competitive about being nice. He would wish employees happy birthday a day early, so that he would be the first to do so. He would carry consultants’ luggage without being asked. As a teenager, if he noticed that his brother Peter’s car…

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Why Saving the Oceans Is as Vital as Protecting Rain Forests

Saving the oceans is key to fighting the climate crisis, according to Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a Brooklyn-born marine biologist and activist, who is a rising figure in the climate movement. Ms. Johnson, 39, is the founder of Ocean Collectiv, a conservation consultancy, and of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank, and speaks frequently at TED…

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Something in the Way We Move

Each of us appears to have a unique way of moving, a physical “signature” that is ours alone, like our face or fingerprints, according to a remarkable new study of people and their muscles. The study, which used machine learning to find one-of-a-kind patterns in people’s muscular contractions, could have implications for our understanding of…

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How Do You Make Canned Beans Taste Luxurious? Beurre Blanc

I’ve always thought of beurre blanc as a fragile, fussy, special-occasion sauce. The quiver of butter, wine and vinegar is a delight — if it’s emulsified correctly, then kept at the exact right temperature. Warm and coddled, it’s shiny, opaque and about as runny as fresh cream, which it is, sort of. Beurre blanc is…

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Nike’s Chief Executive, Mark Parker, Is Stepping Down

Nike said on Tuesday that its chief executive, Mark Parker, who led the company through a period of tremendous growth but also saw his leadership challenged by a number of controversies, would step down early next year. He will be replaced by John Donahoe, a member of Nike’s board and the chief executive of ServiceNow,…

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