Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves?

SAN DIEGO — Two hundred and fifty miles over Alysson Muotri’s head, a thousand tiny spheres of brain cells were sailing through space. The clusters, called brain organoids, had been grown a few weeks earlier in the biologist’s lab here at the University of California, San Diego. He and his colleagues altered human skin cells…

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What to know about PCOS and diabetes

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Style File: For Influencer Brittany Xavier, Comfort is the Rule

In ELLE.com’s Style Files we ask our most stylish friends how they got that way. Up first, Brittany Xavier, the brains behind the eponymous blog (formerly named Thrifts and Threads) and an Instagram account with more than 1 million followers. We caught up with Xavier at Michael Kors’ TWA Jet Set experience, where influencers from…

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Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out

FERNDALE, N.Y. — For their final days, the male Moulard ducks at the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm are force -fed three times daily. They eat fatty, corn-based feed through a tube inserted into their throats, a process known as gavage that will swell their liver up to 10 times its size. A worker manually…

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Forever 21 Is Reportedly Preparing to File for Bankruptcy

With the rise of clothing rental services and super fast digital shopping sites, several brands are feeling the heat, including beloved mall brand Forever 21. According to a report from Bloomberg, Forever 21 could potentially file for bankruptcy due to a decline in cash flow and failed attempts at its turnaround plans. Sources explained to…

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You’ve Heard of the Drop. Target Had It First.

In the late 1990s, when Target asked Isaac Mizrahi to create an affordable fashion line for its stores across the country, Mr. Mizrahi balked. “It was a very scary thing,” the designer recalled. “Halston was my idol at the time, and he had failed,” he said of the notoriously ill-fated partnership between the American couturier…

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A New Brazilian Magazine Is a Fantasy for Dark Days

One Monday afternoon in mid-August, the megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil, fell into darkness. The cause could have been forest fires burning more than a thousand miles away in the state of Rondônia, but the miasma could have stood as a metaphor for the way the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has cast a shadow in…

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How to Use Rent the Runway Unlimited Without Looking Like a Clone

This week marks one year since I started using Rent the Runway Unlimited. The $159/month service, which allows me to rent four pieces at a time for as long as I want, has brought me a lot of joy: I basically eliminated shopping for clothes (shoes are another story). I didn’t purchase a single coat,…

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