Ten ways America surprised me as an immigrant here

Ten ways America surprised me as an immigrant here.Growing up in the age of the Internet, with constant re-runs of “The OC,” “The Hills” and “Friends,” endless access to American media and magazines awash with famous Americans, I thought I knew all there was to know about the mighty United States of America.


A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food

A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food.One of the most common and troubling infections that occur in healthcare may come from an unexpected source, according to a new paper: from food. Yet because it is not one of the bacteria that we think of as disease-causing foodborne organisms, the size of the threat it poses, and the way it reaches us, may not be well understood.

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?.wo men were sitting in a parked car, waiting to pick someone up. Carlos Cervantes was in the driver’s seat. He was 30, with glassy green eyes — quiet by nature, but with a loaded, restrained intensity about him. He had picked up Roby So at home in Los Angeles around 3 o’clock that morning, and they’d made it here, to this empty parking lot in front of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, on the outskirts of San Diego, just after 6. Now, the sun was rising over the bare, brown mountains in the windshield. A hummingbird zipped around an air-conditioning unit outside. Already, they’d been waiting close to an hour.

Roby was three years older than Carlos but carried himself like a large and joyful child. He was hungry. He wanted biscuits and gravy and was still laughing about how, earlier, he caught himself telling Carlos that, unfortunately, he’d have to wait until tomorrow for biscuits and gravy, because today was Monday, and Monday was pancakes day. Part of his brain still tracked his old prison breakfast menu. ‘‘Why do I still know these things, man?’’ Roby said. ‘‘It’s been four years. I was supposed to. … ’’ His voice trailed off, so Carlos finished his sentence: ‘‘Delete.’

Peru Plans to Contact Isolated Amazon Tribe

Peru Plans to Contact Isolated Amazon Tribe.The Peruvian government plans to make its first contact with the Mashco Piro, an isolated tribe that live in the Amazon rainforest.

Reaching out to “uncontacted” tribes is controversial, particularly because isolated tribes lack immunity to common diseases, which can quickly turn deadly. But officials say they need to contact the Mashco Piro because the group has recently been emerging from the forest, and have had contact with villagers, tourists and missionaries

Want a Lasting Marriage? Personality Match May Not Matter

Want a Lasting Marriage? Personality Match May Not Matter.Men and women in relationships need not be similar in personality in order to have a successful long-lasting marriage, a new study suggests.

The study, which included couples who had been married for at least 40 years, found that neither personality similarities nor differences appeared to affect how happy the couples were.

The findings suggest the personality matching carried out by dating websites may make little difference in a relationship’s ultimate success, the researchers say.