Death by Diet Soda?

Does guzzling diet soda lead to an early demise? There was a collective gasp among Coke Zero and Diet Pepsi drinkers this week after media reports highlighted a new study that found prodigious consumers of artificially sweetened drinks were 26 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who rarely drank sugar-free beverages. The study,…

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Maybe the Best Way to Find Love Is … Not on an App?

Here’s at least one sign that some young adults are disaffected with dating apps. On a sweltering Saturday evening not long ago, 250 men and women in their 20s and 30s packed into a Williamsburg bar without air conditioning to match-make via PowerPoint. Over two hours, a dozen presenters clicked through slides extolling the virtues,…

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Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine

The announcement on Wednesday that Johns Hopkins Medicine was starting a new center to study psychedelic drugs for mental disorders was the latest chapter in a decades-long push by health nonprofits and wealthy donors to shake up psychiatry from the outside, bypassing the usual channels. “Psychiatry is one of the most conservative specialties in medicine,”…

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Want to Feel Like a Russian Ballerina? Start With the Tutu

Surfacing A trove of lush Soviet-era tutus can be found hidden in the back room of a small school near Chicago. ImageJulianne Pankau, a ballet student in Tatyana’s Mazur’s class. The gown she wears was brought from the Ukraine, originally made for a role in “La Esmeralda.”CreditWhitten Sabbatini for The New York Times Written by…

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The Blackberry-Ginger Miracle

Good morning. You miss me? I’ve been two weeks off the grid in Carhartts and XtraTufs, stained fishing shirts and a ragged ball cap, cutting firewood in the forest for the cookstove, collecting water, fishing hard for striped bass off the rocks. These were plentiful, thick-shouldered, ocean-run fish that struck my lures with vicious force,…

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His Family Had Money. Mine Didn’t.

Toffee Dating is an app recently started in the U.K., aimed exclusively at those who went to private schools, because, according to the founders, “we know people from similar backgrounds are likely to stick together.” My first thought was: How completely unnecessary. The private school bubble is closed enough as it is. I know because…

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Bette Midler’s Fifth Avenue Penthouse Goes on the Market for $50 Million

Bette Midler is selling her longtime family home on the Upper East Side, an airy triplex with lush landscaped gardens, complete with composter and shed, and sweeping vistas of the Central Park reservoir and Midtown skyline. Ms. Midler, an award-winning entertainer, and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, a performance artist, bought the penthouse at 1125…

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The Heir to a Tofu Dynasty Finally Learns to Make Tofu

Two years ago, Paul Eng decided to confront a reality he had been facing most of his life: He was the heir to a tofu tradition who had no idea how to make tofu. Mr. Eng’s grandfather learned the trade in the 1930s from fellow immigrants shortly after he arrived in Chinatown. He went on…

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Brought Together by Fate, and Three Finicky Cats

In the six months that Maria Sartzis and Oscar Pellicier have known each other, their relationship can be characterized as more no-frills than fussy. The two got to know each other under the glaring fluorescent lights of a Target store, and they chose a simple Spanish takeout restaurant for their first date. Ms. Sartzis and…

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From the Hamptons to Fashion Week

Capping off another Hamptons season, the Hampton Classic Grand Prix took place Sept. 1 in Bridgehampton, N.Y. And in a prelude to New York Fashion Week, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT honored Christian Louboutin at its awards luncheon on Sept. 4 at Lincoln Center.