What Do Teenagers Need? Ask the Family Dog

People of all ages become deeply connected to their pets, but in the lives of teenagers, animals often play a special role. Indeed, pets provide comforts that seem to be tailor-made for the stresses of normal adolescent development. To start, animals don’t judge — and teenagers are generally subjected to a great deal of judgment.…

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The Horrible Place Between the Apps

Everyone has that one app. The one that mocks you from your home screen. The app that lures you to the folder where you’ve tried to hide it. The app you’ve signed out of and deleted — only to download again the next morning. The app you can’t quite quit. For Corey Lewis, it was…

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What Would Giving Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants Mean?

Providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants has long been nothing more than a wouldn’t-it-be-nice item on the far left’s wish list. But in the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, nearly everyone supports it. Almost all of the 19 candidates who responded to a recent New York Times survey…

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Scientists invent fast method for ‘directed evolution’ of molecules

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — UNC School of Medicine scientists created a powerful new «directed evolution» technique for the rapid development of scientific tools and new treatments for many diseases. The scientists, whose breakthrough is reported in Cell, demonstrated the technique by evolving several proteins to perform precise new tasks, each time doing it in a…

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Strain of common cold virus could revolutionize treatment of bladder cancer

A strain of the common cold virus has been found to potentially target, infect and destroy cancer cells in patients with bladder cancer, a new study in the medical journal Clinical Cancer Research reports. No trace of the cancer was found in one patient following treatment with the virus. Researchers from the University of Surrey…

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Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room. With 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales, it is likely that there will be no burial space left within five years. Writing in…

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The Man Who’s Putting More Sex Toys on Walmart’s Shelves

NEWTON, Mass. — Last year, Jamie Leventhal, the chief executive of Clio, a small company that makes devices like personal hair trimmers, got a call from a buyer he knew at Walmart. “What do you think of sex toys?” Mr. Leventhal said the buyer had asked him. It was a bit of a surprising question…

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