Come for the Cardamom Bun

The Cronut may have competition. As soon as Fabrique, a Swedish bakery chain, opened its first American branch, in the meatpacking district late last month, there were lines of people wanting traditional cardamom buns, similar to a cinnamon bun but with a more floral fragrance. “It was the best opening we ever had,” said Charlotta…

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Everything, Even the Worm

Their Children Were Conceived With Donated Sperm. It Was the Wrong Sperm.

Seventeen years ago, when she was in her thirties, Cindy and her female partner decided they wanted to have children. The couple spent hours pouring over sperm donor profiles, finally settling on an anonymous man with a clean medical record and few health issues in his family. He was an anonymous donor, and they knew…

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The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

REEDS BEACH, N.J. — On a recent spring day at this remote beach, hundreds of shorebirds flapped frantically beneath a net trapping them on the sand. Dozens of volunteers rushed to disentangle the birds and place them gently in covered crates. On a nearby sand dune, teams of scientists and volunteers attached metal leg bands,…

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A Summertime Quandary: The Cooler Is Full of Melted Ice

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. To keep things in my ice chest cold, should I drain the cold water as the ice melts or leave it in the chest? A. Under most conditions, it is better to keep the cold water in the chest, most scientists, campers, and manufacturers and retailers conclude. Campers have even conducted…

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When Social Media Is Really Problematic for Adolescents

There has been a lot of worry about adolescents and social media over the past couple of weeks, with new studies and reports raising questions about mental health and vulnerability, sleep and suicide. I recently wrote about the question of whether the word “addiction” is helpful in understanding our worries about adolescents and their relationships…

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A Pioneering Treatment for Uncontrollable Hunger

When a child is born with a rare disorder that few doctors recognize or know how to manage, it can pay big dividends for parents to be proactive, learn everything they can about the condition, and with expert medical guidance, come up with the best way to treat it. That is the approach Lara C.…

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How Much Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?

Image New graduates of Fayetteville State University last month in North Carolina. A college degree is linked to higher life expectancy, but does it cause it?CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times Education is associated with better health outcomes, but trying to figure out whether it actually causes better health is tricky. People with at…

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Shopping for Outdoor Sofas

If you’re lucky enough to have a terrace or a sizable deck, what else do you really need? Maybe an outdoor sofa. As Peter Dunham, an interior and textile designer in Los Angeles, put it: “The ideal thing is to have somewhere for a nap outside.” A sofa will also help anchor any outdoor seating…

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If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?

The glaciers are melting, the coral reefs are dying, Miami Beach is slowly going under. Quick, says a voice in your head, go see them before they disappear! You are evil, says another voice. For you are hastening their destruction. To a lot of people who like to travel, these are morally bewildering times. Something…

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