Craftsmanship Times Three

A pair of glasses. Comfortable loafers. A white shirt. Many of us have smart wardrobe staples for a reason — practical multipurpose pieces that save time and energy when considering what to wear every day. What these pieces never need to be, however, is ordinary. Nor should they come at the sacrifice of individual style.…

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The French Fries Are Doing Just Fine

A potato paucity is upon us, and French fry aficionados are worried. Multiple news headlines this week have warned of a “possible French fry shortage” this year after a weaker harvest for many potato farmers in the United States and Canada. But experts say French fry consumers probably shouldn’t worry too much, because producers of…

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Paris Might Be the Best City for Italian Food (Outside Italy)

When Julien Carotenuto, a Parisian of Italian heritage, abandoned his retail career to pursue his dream of making fresh mozzarella for his hometown, the predictions were dire. “People told me, ‘you’re crazy,’” he recalled on a recent afternoon. “In Italy, everyone said that I would never pull it off. Even my friends and family said…

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This Woman Wants to Help Regulate Your Period With Food

ImageAlisa Vitti, an alternative health and wellness guru, at Westerly Natural Market in Manhattan. She is a big proponent of eating fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut to help support your microbiome.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times A few months ago, in a conference room at the Yard, a co-working space in Manhattan, a…

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More than 2,500 experts gather in Barcelona for the first World Marine Mammal Conference

More than a third part of marine mammal species are threatened in the ocean ecosystems worldwide. Populations of vaquita (Phocoena sinus), the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), or freshwater dolphins are at risk of extinction. In closer latitudes, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) are listed in…

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Brain diseases with molecular diversity

Parkinson’s and multisystem atrophy (MSA) — both of them neurodegenerative diseases — are associated with the accumulation of alpha-synuclein proteins in the brain. Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-BPC) have investigated the molecular makeup of these protein deposits finding structural diversity. Experts from…

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Study to investigate surrogate decision challenges for LGBT patients with Alzheimer’s

INDIANAPOLIS — Facing Alzheimer’s disease in a loved one is challenging under any circumstances but may be even more challenging when the patient is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Regenstrief Institute research scientist and Indiana University School of Medicine faculty member Alexia Torke, M.D., M.S., has received a grant from the National Institutes of…

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Researchers uncover early adherence step in intestinal transit of Shigella

Boston, MA — The bacterial pathogen Shigella, often spread through contaminated food or water, is a leading cause of mortality in both children and older adults in the developing world. Although scientists have been studying Shigella for decades, no effective vaccine has been developed, and the pathogen has acquired resistance to many antibiotics. The recent…

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ACR and EULAR release new classification criteria for IgG4-related disease

ATLANTA — The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) released the 2019 ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease. It is the first criteria developed specifically for this recently recognized disease. A draft of the criteria was presented during the 2018 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Chicago. Since that time, the…

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GW-led consortium receives $2.2 million grant to fund BioCompute Object Specification Project

A consortium led by the George Washington University (GW) has been refunded for their BioCompute Object Specification Project, thanks to a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The BioCompute Object Specification Project, which was launched in fall 2017, provides much-needed standards for communicating high-throughput sequencing (HTS) computations and data…

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