Make a Pie This Weekend

Happy Friday! It’s still Melissa Clark here. And Sam Sifton is still away, I hope eating his weight in lobster and corn. Me, I’m acclimating to the workweek after my Greek vacation. But I am very glad it’s coming to a close so I can get ready for a long Labor Day weekend’s worth of…

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Tiffany & Co. Is Working to Save Coral Reefs in Mauritius

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Madagascar, lies the tiny island of Mauritius. Encircling it like a necklace is one of the world’s largest coral reefs, which, like coral reefs everywhere, is under threat from warming oceans. Over the last few decades, Mauritius’s beaches have shrunk by 65 feet, in…

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Life-Changing Drugs Almost Nobody Can Afford

Episode 11: ‘The Six Million Dollar Claim’ Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger Patients suffering from rare diseases who had little hope for a treatment now have access to life-changing medicines, thanks to pharmaceutical companies’ investment in so-called orphan drugs, which treat diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people. But the increasing number of people who would benefit…

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Our Best Labor Day Recipes: Ribs, Potato Salad, Coleslaw and More

Summer isn’t officially over until late in September, but we all know that Labor Day weekend is its unofficial end, so make the most of it: Soak up the sun, wear flip-flops and grill all of the things before photos of apple-picking and pumpkin spice lattes take over your Instagram feed. Here are some of…

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Surfing With a Disability

Dylan Hronec has been in a wheelchair since he was 2 years old. Surfing is his favorite activity. “When you’re surfing you don’t really think about anything else — it’s the closest thing to an out of body experience,” said Mr. Hronec, 27, who has cerebral palsy and uses a special surf board retrofitted with…

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Hanging Out With Humans Makes This Bird Bad at Its Job

Humans can be a terrible influence on birds. Crows that live near us end up with high cholesterol, sparrows screech to be heard over oil pumps, and instead of migrating, some storks now just eat trash. At times, our habits and behaviors are contagious enough to change whole ecosystems. According to a study published in…

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Back to School With Narrow Escapes and a Mother’s Love

“You’re doing all the right things, everything is going to work out.” I’d been repeating this to Ezra over and over, like a mantra, but I’m not sure who I was trying harder to convince, me or them. Ezra, who identifies as nonbinary and prefers the pronouns they, them and theirs, was 19 at the…

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Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’

How do genes influence our sexuality? The question has long been fraught with controversy. An ambitious new study — the largest ever to analyze the genetics of same-sex sexual behavior — found that genetics does play a role, responsible for perhaps a third of the influence on whether someone has same-sex sex. The influence comes…

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Hospitals Should Replace Infection-Prone Scopes With Safer Models, F.D.A. Says

Companies that make reusable, snakelike cameras to examine patients internally should begin making disposable versions, because the current models cannot be properly sterilized and have spread infections from one patient to another, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. In the meantime, hospitals that use the instruments, called duodenoscopes, should start to transition to…

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Surgeon General Warns Pregnant Women and Teenagers Not to Smoke or Vape Marijuana

The United States surgeon general on Thursday issued a public warning that smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies. At a news conference with other top Trump administration health officials, the surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said he was concerned that pregnant women, teenagers and others were unaware of…

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