Prehistoric Parents Used Baby Bottles Made of Pottery

As long as 7,000 years ago, Stone Age farmers in Central Europe were making and using small pottery bottles or cups with spouts. Ancient baby bottles? So it seemed — although they could have been used to nurse the sick. As the Stone Age gave way to the Bronze and Iron ages, the vessels were…

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Window in the Drapes

“Our patient has surgery today, would you like to observe?” my doctoring mentor asked. Of course, I responded eagerly. Our patient was a 65-year-old woman who had suffered from epilepsy since childhood. Her frequent seizures caused two types of spells. She would repeat words in an endless loop, or she would experience drop attacks, when…

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Plastic Surgery and the Secret World of Instagram Dolls

ImageLil’ Kim once referred to herself as a “Black Barbie dressed in Bulgari.” She is one of many celebrities that are part of the move in trend toward highly stylized appearances.CreditJamie Mccarthy/Getty Images They call themselves dolls. These are cosmetic surgery patients who document their desires and results on Instagram, but only, most say, for…

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Major Cruise Line to Abandon Plastic Water Bottles

When the Norwegian Encore, the newest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, launches in November, it will carry no plastic water bottles to offer guests. The 4,000-passenger ship will instead carry Just Water, with a carton made mostly of paper, and a cap made of sugar cane. The company aims to switch its entire fleet over…

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Gum Disease May Raise Hypertension Risk

People with gum disease may be at increased risk for high blood pressure. For a study in Cardiovascular Research, researchers combined the results of 81 studies including more than 200,000 people. Using a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher as the definition of hypertension, they found that people with a diagnosis of gum disease…

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You Need To Make This Right Now

Good morning. I was in Omaha over the weekend, talking food and culture with the good folks of Lauritzen Gardens and driving around town with Sarah Baker Hansen, the food critic for the Omaha World-Herald. We drank tall lattes from Archetype and ate ridiculously good focaccia at Farine and Four, then woofed down fried chicken…

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Time to Trot Out the Fishnets and Put on a Show

A pair of tartan-patterned pole dance pumps, a tiny pleated schoolgirl skirt and a leather merry widow — they emerged one by one from a nondescript cardboard carton, the raffish trappings of the sex trade. “I wonder what kind of mark this would leave?” Nelson Santos, the acting director of curatorial programs at the Leslie-Lohman…

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How an Ice Bath May Undermine Your Weight Workout

Bathtubs filled with frigid water and occasionally dotted with ice cubes are a common sight in professional athletes’ training rooms and at some gyms. Many recreational athletes also slip into cold baths at home after intense workouts. But soaking in icy water after lifting weights can change how muscles respond to the workout and result…

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The Motorcycle Whisperer

Hugh Mackie represents a dying breed in the five boroughs: bikers. Photographs by Daniel Weiss Text by Austin Considine ImageHugh Mackie owns one of the last motorcycle garages in Manhattan. At 61, he still rides around the five boroughs on his motorcycle, though these days he prefers his bicycle.CreditDaniel Weiss for The New York Times…

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Fires Rage in Indonesia, Turning the Sky Red

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. By Wednesday, rain had brought some relief in reducing the number of hot spots, which include burning jungles and smoldering peatfields,…

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