Finding Age-Friendly Inspiration in Taiwan

As we pedaled along, it was as if we shared a bike path with the whole city. There were commuters carrying satchels and couples carting picnic baskets. There were cyclists in neon jerseys and families in single-file lines, the kids dinging bells as they passed. There were people on road bikes and folks on rentals; people on skates and others in wheelchairs. My boyfriend, Joe, and I were visiting Taiwan, a relatively quick flight from Thailand, where I’m finishing my …

Want Fries With That Test Tube Burger?

It’s a burger that cost $330,000 and the nicest thing they could say about it was, “It tastes close to meat.” I used to say that every time I ate in the school cafeteria, but this burger was different: It’s the very first meat grown entirely in a lab. Dutch scientists, bankrolled by Google cofounder Sergey Brim, wanted to come up with a way to make meat for the world’s growing population that didn’t involve the environmentally and economically costly …

Italian Vacation? Let’s Help Eradicate Polio Instead

This is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the first in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   They’re at a point in their lives where they could be playing with their grandchildren, working in the garden, or on a cruise, instead, these seniors are spending their leisure time eradicating polio in Nigeria. I’m meeting up with a 15-member polio immunization team – all Rotary International  club volunteers with …