In Bangkok’s Fragrant Street Food, City Planners See a Mess to Clean

BANGKOK — The coconut wood pestle hits the mortar, and the chili fumes rise in a cough-inducing haze. The lime rind bruises. Salted crab releases its funk, along with bits of claw and carapace. Shreds of green papaya are tossed in, bathed in a blast of fermented fish paste tempered by palm sugar. The smell…

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Virtual Reality Before There Was Virtual Reality

Eric Drysdale opened his silver travel case and, like a magician, unpacked the objects necessary to enter another dimension. Mr. Drysdale was in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, in the back room of City Reliquary, a storefront museum devoted to the history of New York’s five boroughs. He was preparing to host his traveling show,…

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Be a Better Houseguest With These 6 Items

If you’re visiting friends or family for the holidays, one way to not overstay your welcome is to be a great houseguest — and a big part of that is self-sufficiency. That is, not needing to ask your hosts to find you four free outlets so you can charge your devices, or to clear a…

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Hallmark Channel Pulls Zola Ads Featuring Brides Kissing

The Hallmark Channel pulled four TV ads featuring brides kissing each other on Thursday after a targeted campaign by a conservative group. Asked to explain why the ads had been rejected, an employee of Hallmark’s parent company said the channel did not accept ads “that are deemed controversial,” according to an email exchange shared with…

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To Prevent Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Approves the First Disposable ‘Scope’

Following a series of deadly outbreaks in hospitals around the country, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first fully disposable version of the medical device implicated in the infections. Reusable versions of the device — a long, snakelike tube with a fiber-optic camera at one end, called a duodenoscope — are inserted…

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A Research Nonprofit Shutters TB Vaccine Effort and Lays Off Scientists

The future of a tuberculosis vaccine and research into other neglected diseases is in limbo after a Seattle institute abruptly laid off about one-third of its researchers, citing a financial crisis. The sudden staff cutbacks late last month at the Infectious Disease Research Institute has baffled many of the scientists — who were also working…

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Easy Upgrades

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, where the theme today is easy upgrades: Recipes with a genius little twist that pays big dividends, or inspired ideas that struck me like lightning. I love this category of home cooking, as strapped for time as I currently am, but still in want of something good to…

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The Year Women Got ‘Horny’

Coffee, “Star Wars,” turtlenecks, grief: These four seemingly unrelated things are “horny” — or induce horniness — at least according to many young women online, who are openly asserting their desires with a term long thought of as crass and juvenile. But now, like vape stores or a broken container of glitter, it’s suddenly everywhere.…

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Medical News Today: Keto diet: 1-week meal plan and tips

When following a keto diet, some people may find it difficult to work out the right foods to eat and when to eat them. Meal plans can help people get used to the diet or stick with it. The keto diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Potential benefits of the keto diet plan…

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Frail Older Patients Struggle After Even Minor Operations

The patient, a man in his 70s, had abdominal pain serious enough to send him to a VA Pittsburgh Healthcare hospital. Doctors there found the culprit: a gallstone had inflamed his pancreas. Dr. Daniel Hall, a surgeon who met with the patient, explained that pancreatitis can be fairly mild, as in this case, or severe…

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