Where Rabies Is Entrenched

Rabies has been known since antiquity, and has been completely preventable since Pasteur developed a vaccine more than a century ago. But the World Health Organization still considers it “a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable populations.” Why? Rabies, one expert has written, “became a neglected disease when it was eliminated from Europe and North…

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Dinos for Dinner

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. What would dinosaur meat have tasted like? A. Obviously, there is no way to be certain — there were not any hominids around to do a taste test. Our ancestors evolved tens of millions of years after the mass extinction of most dinosaurs. In any event, the many kinds of dinosaurs,…

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You’ll Make This Soup All Summer

Good morning. I hope it’s cool where you’re at, that you’re sweater-bundled against the Australian winter, the cold breeze off Kachemak Bay in Alaska, the HVAC system humming away in the cube farm where you work. I hope you’re not, like, roofing a house in Atlanta. Because, look, it has been awful across a lot…

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Introducing ‘Diagnosis,’ a New Show From The Times and Netflix

The Times Magazine’s ‘Diagnosis’ Column Is Now a Documentary Series Dr. Lisa Sanders is an associate professor at the Yale University School of Medicine who also writes about medical mysteries for The New York Times Magazine. Her column, which she has written since 2002, follows patients with unusual symptoms as they search for diagnoses that…

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How to Throw a Festive Korean-Inspired Dinner Party

The designer Rejina Pyo moved to London from Seoul, South Korea, in 2008 to study fashion at Central Saint Martins, under the esteemed professor Louise Wilson. Not long after, she met her husband, the chef and cookbook author Jordan Bourke — and then, much to her parents’ dismay, she never moved back home. After graduating,…

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The Downside of Having a Sweet Tooth

Sweet dreams, sweet spot, sweet as pie, sweet young thing: All have a positive connotation. But what about sweet tooth, which Americans seem to have cultivated to great excess? The health effects of this obsession with everything sweet are anything but positive. In fact, recent reports have found that regular consumption of sugary drinks heightens…

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Health Facts Aren’t Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority?

In a paper published early this year in Nature Human Behavior, scientists asked 500 Americans what they thought about foods that contained genetically modified organisms. The vast majority, more than 90 percent, opposed their use. This belief is in conflict with the consensus of scientists. Almost 90 percent of them believe G.M.O.s are safe —…

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An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own

Moments after parking our car and loading into a compact, one-propeller bush plane, my three friends and I were looking down at a lush boreal landscape, newly green after the long winter. The view of soft, wooded peaks interspersed with creeks and lakes extended as far as we could see, evoking the northern territories of…

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Pick a Card, Any Card (and an Entree) at the Magic Castle

LOS ANGELES — At a table by the stained-glass window, an off-duty magician sat alone, working his way through a rare steak until, finally, it disappeared. When his dessert arrived with a small, dripping candle, I wished him a happy birthday, but he didn’t want to chat. Instead, he pulled a silver dollar from his…

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A Layered Approach to Preventing Drowning

Levi Hughes was 3 years old, on vacation with his family and five other families, when he slipped off the couch one evening last summer while the group was waiting for it to get dark enough for their annual crab hunt. The family was renting a vacation home in Alabama with a group of friends…

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