Kate Figes, Feminist Author on Family Life, Dies at 62

LONDON — Kate Figes, a feminist writer known for her shrewd, sisterly books about family life, among them a primer on the turmoil of new motherhood and investigations into long-term relationships and infidelity, died on Dec. 7 at her home in London. She was 62. Felicity Rubinstein, her literary agent, said the cause was cancer.…

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For a Sweet 2020, Look to the Bitter in Wine

Many good wines have a built-in defense against being consumed by children: They are inherently bitter, a flavor that children seem genetically hard-wired to abhor. Eventually, taste buds evolve. Young adults come to love many bitter flavors, whether in beer, dark chocolate, arugula, Negronis, coffee or tea. Despite the prevalence of bitter flavors in popular…

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What’s Happening to Us? A Visual History of 2019

Produced by Eve Lyons and Elizabeth Bristow Text by Choire Sicha It’s very nearly 2020, an election year in the United States, and by the look of the country on TV and in the newspapers, you’d think every day was spent in bitter acrimony over health care and environmental catastrophe, financial inequality and discussing if…

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Male Ally or Apologist?

I am a woman, and I have worked with two men for a couple of years. One of them has become a good friend and confidant to me. He and I have had numerous conversations about gender issues. So, when our other co-worker began to sexually harass me, I thought I could turn to him…

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Medical News Today: How do fruit and veg reduce colorectal cancer risk?

A study initially investigating aspirin as a preventive treatment for colorectal cancer coincidentally uncovered a mechanism that might explain how fruit and vegetables reduce the risk of developing this disease. Share on PinterestA recent study delves into flavonoids, which occur in a range of fruit and veg. Worldwide, more than 1 million people receive a…

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Scrunchies for Your Crush

Here’s the news from winter break: Scrunchies have become a desired item for junior-high schoolboys. Today’s tween girls are offering their scrunchies — the fabric-poofed hair elastics last popular in the 1980s — to their crushes. If accepted, the boy will wear it around his wrist until he finds a new scrunchie — er, crush.…

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Is a 63-Year-Old Seaplane With an Electric Engine the Future of Air Travel?

When Harbour Air’s de Havilland Beaver seaplane first lumbered into the skies in 1956, Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel” topped the charts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, and flying icons like the Boeing 747 hadn’t yet been invented. Sixty-three years of bush flying, commuter travel and made-for-Instagram sightseeing later, the aircraft received a…

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The Watch Is Smart, but It Can’t Replace Your Doctor

ImageJeff Williams, an Apple executive, talking about the health-monitoring features of the Apple Watch Series at the rollout of a new model in September 2018.Credit…Stephen Lam/Reuters The Apple Watch has been quite successful as a smart watch. The company would also like it to succeed as a medical device. The recently published results of the…

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How to Communicate Better With Your Children in the New Year

Often, the central message in experts’ advice to parents is find ways to pay attention to what is going on in your kids’ lives, to be present with them and to listen. By Lisa Damour The counselor was holding a clear jam jar. Its lid was glued on and it was filled with water plus…

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