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  • October 10, 2016

    Critics roundly mocked Michelle Obama’s “nannyism” for her attempts to improve the exercise habits of young people, but new data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the first lady’s concerns are not misplaced. The C.D.C. reports that in just over 20 years the average weight of U.S. men rose 15 pounds—from 181 lbs. to 196 lbs.—and women went from 152 to 169. Eleven-year-old girls gained seven pounds, and 11-year-old boys packed on an astonishing 13.5 more pounds...

  • October 10, 2016

    The Thirty-Sixth General Congregation of the Society of Jesus began in Rome on Oct. 2. Gathering Jesuit delegates from around the world, a general congregation is the highest authority in the order. But these worldwide assemblies are rare, convoked only “for matters of greater moment.” This congregation, like the one that preceded it in 2008, has first to accept the resignation of the current superior general, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., who at age 80 wants to step down, and then elect his...

  • October 10, 2016

    The cost of housing is making it increasingly difficult for families to move up the economic ladder. Andrew Flowers of FiveThirtyEight reports that 52 percent of renter households below the poverty line spent more than half their income on housing in 2013, up from 42 percent in 1991. One reason is that few households receive government assistance in the form of public housing or...

  • October 3, 2016

    The spread of the Zika virus, with its tragic effects on children developing in the womb, has invigorated discussion about preventing mosquito-borne diseases. In affected areas, mosquito-control measures, like spraying and eliminating standing water, help to slow their advance. But there are more radical options being considered that would drastically reduce the population of disease-bearing mosquitoes, perhaps even deliberately driving entire species toward extinction. Often, these methods...

  • October 3, 2016

    “Islam is peace,” said George W. Bush just days after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Earlier this year, President Obama wrote that it reflects a “ tradition of peace, charity and justice. " And Pope Francis has repeatedly said it is wrong to...

  • October 3, 2016

    Slate plans to tell us on Nov. 8 which presidential candidate is ahead, long before the polls close. The website will relay projections by VoteCastr , a group of statisticians who use voter turnout in selected precincts to determine, say, whether Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump is leading in Ohio. As early as 6 a.m. on Election Day, these number-crunchers will project a winner in Colorado based on...

  • September 26, 2016

    In today’s tech-savvy, app-happy world, “friends” or “connections” are often only a few clicks away. Yet even as our global society is more interconnected than ever before, loneliness, especially among older people, not only persists but can be the cause of a host of other physical and mental challenges. This year neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published findings ...

  • September 26, 2016

    Angela Merkel is currently the longest-serving European head of government, having been Germany’s chancellor since 2005. If the results of recent local elections are any indication, her days in office could be numbered.

    The results in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the chancellor’s home state, do not bode well for Ms. Merkel’s party. In the voting on Sept. 4, the center-left Social Democrats polled first with 31 percent; and the anti-immigrant party, Alternative for Germany, polled second,...

  • September 26, 2016

    Readers of John Hersey’s 31,000-word article "Hiroshima," which was published in the Aug. 31, 1946, issue of The New Yorker, will never forget the horrible effects of the first atomic bombs that the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially the faces of those who had looked into the blast and whose melting eyeballs were dripping down their cheeks. Our first use of the weapon killed an estimated 200,000 human beings. Today, a single nuclear weapon dropped on a major city...

  • September 19, 2016

    American women are having fewer children than at any other time on record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in August . Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, the fertility rate in the United States has decreased by more than 10 percent to a new low of 59.8 per 1,000 women, or about 1.8 children per woman. Yet according to a 2013 Gallup poll, what...