Explorer: A Family Ski Adventure in the Himalayas

Last winter, as I was riding in a car with my family through the Kashmir Valley, the driver’s phone rang. He listened carefully before frowning. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Man killed in avalanche.” “Who?” “A Russian, skier, went by helicopter.” “Where?” I asked. “Where else?’’ The driver shrugged. “Gulmarg.” Gulmarg. That’s exactly where I…

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Craft Beer Looks Beyond ‘Young White Dudes With Beards’

Thousands of craft beer brewers across the country have a problem: Sales are slowing, tastes are changing and stiff competition is coming from new directions. Wine and spirits have cut into market share. Cannabis deregulation looms. Despite a dozen years of growth in the industry, some people in the business are wondering aloud if the…

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Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

The brain-eating monsters are real enough — they lurk in freshwater ponds in much of the United States. Now scientists may have discovered a new way to kill them. Minuscule silver particles coated with anti-seizure drugs one day may be adapted to halt Naegleria fowleri, an exceptionally lethal microbe that invades through the sinuses and…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Rocking Chairs

With its promise of gentle movement and relaxation, a well-designed rocking chair can be a source of comfort in trying times. “Rocking chairs have always offered a way to be soothed,” said Susan Ferrier, an interior designer based in Atlanta. “They function almost as stress relief.” Because of their laid-back appeal, rocking chairs usually work…

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Milan’s Titans — Zegna, Versace, Prada — Do Men’s Wear Battle

MILAN — Like Dynamation characters from a Ray Harryhausen movie, where the stop-motion models of clashing titans abruptly join forces to save the world, the behemoths of Italian fashion put on a show of might over the weekend, as if to prove that Milan’s struggling industry can still be saved. Three of the largest names…

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As the Men’s Wear Brigade Descends on Paris, the Show Roster Grows

Image Jonathan AndersonCreditStuart Wilson/BFC, via Getty Images for The British Fashion Council When men’s fashion week begins Tuesday in Paris, the industry professionals who make the twice-yearly rounds of London, Florence and Milan will encounter something out of the ordinary: an official calendar rich with new entrants. The schedule has been growing, not contracting, like…

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An Egg, Just a Regular Egg, Is Instagram’s Most-Liked Post Ever

Please don’t expect any of the following to make sense. But on Sunday night, a photo of an egg, orange and lightly freckled, beat out Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement as the most-liked Instagram post ever. Is the egg encrusted in diamonds? Does the egg have a popular YouTube channel you’ve never heard of? Is a…

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Medical News Today: Is borax safe to use?

Borax, a naturally occurring mineral, has been an ingredient in cleaning products for decades. It is not safe to ingest. Some people also use it to make children’s toys, such as homemade slime. Borax can be harmful and may cause many serious side effects. In this article, we look at the safety and risks of…

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The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks

Image No one should be under the impression that marijuana is harmless, but it’s safer than alcohol and tobacco. CreditRick Bowmer/Associated Press Are we underestimating the harms of legalizing marijuana? Those who hold this view have been in the news recently, saying that research shows we are moving too far too fast without understanding the…

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The Last of Manhattan’s Original Video Arcades

Video arcades — those recreational arenas of illuminated screens and 8-bit soundtracks — have been fading from the cultural landscape since the end of the Donkey Kong ’80s. The advent of home video game consoles, hand-held gaming devices and smartphones has all but rendered them relics of a Gen X childhood. Yet somehow, Chinatown Fair…

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