In Prague, a House Without a Key

Set on a sloped plot above Prague in the city’s Troja district, Villa Sophia has no keys, no light switches and a piano that can play by itself. The house can close the windows when it rains and read aloud material it has selected from the internet, based on the owners’ interests. Shaped like a…

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When Will You Be Able to Get a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Americans are desperate to know when a coronavirus vaccine will be available to finally curb the pandemic that has already taken nearly 200,000 lives in the United States, and allow schools and the broader economy to reopen. Scientists and vaccine makers have long said that a handful of vaccines could be available by the end…

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Coronavirus May Increase Premature Births, Studies Suggest

Pregnant women who are infected with the coronavirus and hospitalized are at risk for developing serious complications, and may face an elevated risk for delivering their babies prematurely, according to new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They may also be at greater risk of losing the pregnancy or having a stillbirth.…

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Ann Getty, Publisher and Bicoastal Arts Patron, Is Dead at 79

Ann Getty, a savvy former California farm girl who married into one of the world’s wealthiest families and transformed herself into a globe-trotting publisher, author, interior designer and philanthropist, died on Monday in San Francisco. She was 79. Her husband, Gordon Getty, said in a statement that she had a heart attack during a family…

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Rihanna Announces the Return of the Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

The Savage x Fenty fashion show will soon be back and better than ever. In a video uploaded today, Rihanna and Amazon announced that the mogul’s extravagant presentation highlighting her hit namesake intimates line is indeed presenting Volume 2 this year—on October 2 to be exact. Featuring Rihanna in a protective face mask and shield…

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A Covid Surcharge on Restaurant Checks? Some Owners Are Wary

Like most restaurants in Manhattan’s tourist-dependent Little Italy, Da Nico Ristorante has been hit hard by concern over the coronavirus. The neighborhood’s two-week Feast of San Gennaro, where visitors from around the world gather each September for cannoli and cacciatore, has been canceled. “We lost our whole summer season,” said the owner, Nick Criscitelli, who…

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John Najarian, Pioneering Transplant Surgeon, Dies at 92

Dr. John S. Najarian, a groundbreaking transplant surgeon who made headlines for taking on difficult cases and who weathered a different type of headline when he was accused, and then exonerated, of improprieties related to a drug he had developed, died on Aug. 31 in Stillwater, Minn., east of Minneapolis. He was 92. His son…

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Monuments That Celebrate Communal Struggles, Not Flawed Men

A striking billboard looms over the gates at the main entrance of Socrates Sculpture Park. It’s not an advertisement but an artwork by Nona Faustine that speaks to the reckoning that — fueled by a summer of protests — has led to the toppling of monuments across this country. Titled “In Praise of Famous Men…

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The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?

The new Apple Watch can be summed up in two words: blood oxygen. The ability to measure your blood’s oxygen saturation — an overall indicator of wellness — is the most significant new feature in the Apple Watch Series 6, which was unveiled this week and becomes available on Friday. (The watch is otherwise not…

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