An Instagram-Friendly Renovation, Complete With Disco Ball

Even when Jillian and Tim Sassone lived in Brooklyn, the city of Palm Springs, Calif., had a special place in their hearts. Enamored of the area’s mix of desert, mountains and midcentury modern design, they held their wedding there in 2010. So when they moved to the San Diego area about a year later, they…

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Music During Surgery May Aid Recovery

Patients undergoing surgery who listen to soothing talk and music while under anesthesia may wake up feeling less pain and require less pain medicine. German researchers randomly assigned 385 surgery patients to one of two groups. The first wore earphones during their operations, listening to an audiotape that played soothing background music along with positive…

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Covid Stole My Sense of Smell. The City’s Not the Same.

I imagined that my doctor’s sterile white office smelled of acrid bleach or hints of ethyl alcohol from the hand sanitizer dispensers sprinkled throughout it, but I couldn’t say for sure. He asked me about my symptoms and took notes. “What can you smell or taste?” he asked. “Nothing,” I said. I was one of…

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No One Loves Arby’s Like I Do

My childhood was defined by two rituals: three hours of Mormon Church service on Sundays and a trip to Arby’s almost as regularly. The Arby’s location in my Texas hometown possessed all the visual splendor that the church I was raised in did not: stained glass and smoky wood paneling, sauce packets stored in a…

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How to Collect Salt

“You need ocean water,” says Kuuleialoha Gaisoa, 45, whose family has been harvesting salt in Hanapepe, on the west side of Kauai, for generations. In Hawaiian, the word for salt is pa’akai, meaning “to solidify the sea,” and the salt from the patch that Gaisoa works is known throughout the islands for its sweet, briny…

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Discovering gaps in food safety practices of small Texas farms

A survey of small farmers in Texas identifies a significant gap in food safety protocols and resources, increasing the risk of produce contamination and foodborne illness. Very few small growers — most of whom are not required to follow federal food safety guidelines — have previous food safety training, according to the study led by…

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Kernels of history

Earlier this year Douglas J. Kennett, a UC Santa Barbara professor of anthropology, demonstrated that maize, or corn, became a staple crop in the Americas 4,700 years ago. It turns out he was just beginning to tell the story of the world’s biggest grain crop. In a new paper in the Proceedings of the National…

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UC Riverside School of Medicine to serve as lead site for clinical trial on stuttering

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, will serve as lead site for a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating ecopipam, an investigational first-in-class drug being tested for the treatment of stuttering in adults and Tourette syndrome in pediatric patients. Emalex Biosciences Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that developed ecopipam,…

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