How to Grow Garlic

Every year at about this point in the growing season, Alley Swiss has a ritual he performs. It’s one that humans have done for thousands of years, as they cultivated one of our oldest, most beloved food crops. Mr. Swiss, an organic farmer, walks out into his garlic field in the Okanogan Valley of north-central…

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The Garlic Will Tell You When It’s Time

Every year at about this point in the growing season, Alley Swiss has a ritual he performs. It’s one that humans have done for thousands of years, as they cultivated one of our oldest, most beloved food crops. Mr. Swiss, an organic farmer, walks out into his garlic field in the Okanogan Valley of north-central…

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The V.A. Made Me Vomit. And That Was a Good Thing.

The psychiatrist was bald, with kind eyes, a silver goatee and the air of exhaustion that follows a person who works hard in a difficult field. It was March 2019, and having let an old prescription expire months earlier, I had gone to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan — my first time at a…

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Saying Goodbye to Long Tall Sally

The fashion industry is in a state of emergency. This has been made clear not only by the mounting bankruptcies of big-name retailers, but also by the closure of beloved small businesses. These are brands that won’t bounce back. There have never been many places to buy a pair of black leather ankle boots in…

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Sitting All Day May Increase Your Risk of Dying From Cancer

Sitting for hours on end could heighten someone’s risk of later dying from cancer, according to a sobering new study of the relationship between inactivity and cancer mortality. The study was epidemiological, providing a snapshot of people’s lives, so it cannot prove cause and effect. But the findings suggest that extremely sedentary people can be…

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Weird Times Call for Even Weirder Shoes

While there may not be any one word to describe our collective state of limbo, one footwear category has emerged, like a gentle intervention, to help us stand astride the void. It’s a water shoe moment. Water shoes, or amphibious footwear, as those in the industry refer to it, were made for moments defined by…

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Those Who Can’t March Can Still Make a Difference

Amid the two suffocating pandemics Americans confront today — of contagious disease and systemic racism — what can cancer patients do? Like other people with compromised immune systems, many of us feel too vulnerable to participate in public demonstrations and yet we want to be part of the solution, not simply bystanders in the disaster.…

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Molecular simulations show how drugs block key receptors

Many pharmaceuticals work by targeting what are known as «G-protein-coupled receptors». In a new study, scientists from Uppsala University describe how they have been able to predict how special molecules that can be used in new immunotherapy against cancer bind to these receptors. The researchers’ calculation methods, presented in the journal Angewandte Chemie are a…

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Study confirms «classic» symptoms of COVID-19

A persistent cough and fever have been confirmed as the most prevalent symptoms associated with COVID-19, according to a major review of the scientific literature.    Other major symptoms include fatigue, losing the ability to smell and difficulty in breathing.   The study ratifies the list of symptoms listed by the World Health Organisation at the start of the pandemic.  The researchers…

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