The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu

All eating is an act of trust; when you eat fugu, it’s just that the stakes are higher. In Japan, it’s against the law to serve the fish without a license. Prerequisites vary by area, but in Tokyo, where the rules are among the strictest, two years of specialized training are required before you can…

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Keeping the Holiday Season Bright

“These are things that I did as a kid that really lit up the whole Christmas season,” said Ms. Knutzen, who grew up in Brooklyn. “So when I had my own children, I was so excited to share all of these festivities with them. New York made the holidays magical.” Rather than write this year…

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A Professional Relationship Shifts With a Personal Question

Timothy Mayopoulos described Heather Russell as “a human Champagne cork in five-inch heels” during their exchange of vows Nov. 21 at the bride’s home in Bronxville, N.Y. “She’s effervescent,” said Mr. Mayopoulos, 61, the president of Blend, a financial services technology company in San Francisco. “She’s also beautiful and she’s brilliant and she’s talented,” he…

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Interabled YouTubers, ‘Cole and Charisma,’ Celebrate Wedding

As a couple who share a formidable internet following, it may be somewhat shocking to learn that Charisma Jamison and Cole Sydnor met the old-fashion way. In November 2017, Ms. Jamison, at the time an inpatient rehab technician at Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers in Richmond, Va., noticed Mr. Sydnor working out on the outpatient…

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All Santa Wants for Christmas Is to Stay Out of Politics

Ric Erwin is one of thousands of men for whom Santa Claus is both a sacred idea and a seasonal occupation. Earlier this year, he was looking forward to donning his red velvet suit and hat this December, just as he has each winter for the last decade. But the pandemic has thrown a wrench…

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How 700 Epidemiologists Are Living Now, and What They Think Is Next

How and when will life go back to normal? “For some, it has gone back to normal, and because of this, it will be two to three years before things are back to normal for the cautious, at least in the U.S.” Cathryn Bock, associate professor, Wayne State University “The new normal will be continued…

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The Goodbye Hug Was Just the Beginning

As it turned out, Ms. Shah and Mr. Reddy saw very little of each other those first two months, though both continued to run in the same social circles. On Thanksgiving, many Wharton students traveled on a school trip to Cartagena, Colombia. Ms. Shah, the daughter of Dr. Lopa Shah of Augusta, Ga., and Dr.…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: a Proposal

“I was really struck how easy it was to talk to Jenny,” he said, “how genuine she was, how caring.” They walked around Central Park that afternoon,and later went for sushi and to a bar on the Lower East Side. By the end of the date they agreed to try a long-distance relationship, and parted…

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Yes, Many of Us Are Stress-Eating and Gaining Weight in the Pandemic

“This was such a drastic and abrupt change to everyone’s daily life that we needed to see what was going on,” said Dr. Flanagan. “We wanted to put some data to the anecdotal behaviors we were seeing.” From April through early May, about 7,750 people, most of them from the United States but also from…

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Could a Blood Test Show if a Covid-19 Vaccine Works?

A new study in monkeys suggests that a blood test could predict the effectiveness of a Covid-19 vaccine — and perhaps speed up the clinical trials needed to get a working vaccine to billions of people around the world. The study, published on Friday in Nature, reveals telltale blood markers that predict whether a monkey’s immune…

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