Margaret Qualley Isn’t Afraid to Dive In

Margaret Qualley is among the vanishingly few people in Hollywood who can credibly wield the word “gosh.” Jimmy Stewart’s favorite interjection resounds through her sentences like a slingshot, going hand in hand with her soft North Carolina twang and sweet manner. She is one of an even smaller number of actresses who could take the…

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Singapore Approves a Lab-Grown Meat Product, a Global First

HONG KONG — First, meat came from farms and forests. Then, it came from factories. More recently, entrepreneurs have been making it from plants. Some have wondered whether there’s a more advanced approach: Could meat be grown in a laboratory, from existing cells? That effort has faced multiple challenges, from skepticism over something that comes…

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These Flasks are Not for VSCO Girls

When I spoke with Joe Derochowski, a home industry adviser at the market research firm NPD Group, he pointed out another advantage of the flask I hadn’t thought to consider. When the pandemic hit, sales of margarita glasses went up 191 percent industrywide — presumably for virtual happy hours. “This time around, people might be…

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Can These Period Underwear Crusaders Convert You?

The concept of “blood” and “bleeding” is generally avoided in mass marketing for period products. It was only recently, and with some fanfare, that commercials showed red liquid being absorbed, instead of blue. But when it comes to period underwear — an increasingly popular type of underwear made with extra-absorbent fabric — it’s difficult to…

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Holiday Cards for 2020

In late October, Megan Sim, 28, who owns an online greeting card shop called Saucy Avocado, noticed her average order size was bigger than usual. Ms. Sim typically sells a card or two per customer in the run-up to the holidays. But this year, her coronavirus-themed greetings — featuring hazmat suits, Zoom references and wishful…

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Exercise 11 Minutes a Day for a Longer Life

Some past research had suggested the answer is no. A 2016 study involving more than a million people found, instead, that men and women needed to exercise moderately for about 60 to 75 minutes a day in order to diminish the undesirable effects of sitting. That study, though, like most similar, earlier research, asked people…

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Rice and Beans, With an Exhilarating Crunch

I was already eager to get to my kitchen, but then Gascón-López sealed my interest: “Arroz con gandules is all about the pegao.” Pegao is Puerto Rican tahdig, and I’d never tasted it before. I couldn’t wait to make it. Like practically any Puerto Rican dish that starts on the stove, this one begins with…

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Sensor can detect scarred or fatty liver tissue

CAMBRIDGE — About 25 percent of the U.S. population suffers from fatty liver disease, a condition that can lead to fibrosis of the liver and, eventually, liver failure. Currently there is no easy way to diagnose either fatty liver disease or liver fibrosis. However, MIT engineers have now developed a diagnostic tool, based on nuclear…

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Physical activity key to helping reduce menopause symptoms

CLEVELAND, Ohio (December 2, 2020)—Women being treated for cancer often experience menopause quite suddenly with common symptoms, such as hot flashes, amplified more than had menopause occurred naturally. A new study suggests that the intensity and volume of physical activity could mitigate some of those symptoms. Study results are published online in Menopause, the journal…

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No nanoparticle risks to humans found in field tests of spray sunscreens

People can continue using mineral-based aerosol sunscreens without fear of exposure to dangerous levels of nanoparticles or other respirable particulates, according to Penn State research published in the journal Aerosol Science and Engineering. The findings, reported by a research team led by Jeremy Gernand, associate professor of industrial health and safety, are a result of…

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