The Coronavirus Won’t Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

In a 1988 essay on pandemics Joshua Lederberg, Nobel laureate and president of The Rockefeller University, reminded the medical community that when it comes to infectious disease, the laws of Darwin are as important as the vaccines of Pasteur. As medicine battles bacteria and viruses, those organisms continue to undergo mutations and evolve new characteristics.…

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It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding have exploded into the mainstream this year. As ski resorts are limiting access because of the coronavirus pandemic, skiers are looking for alternative ways to recreate while staying physically distanced. The backcountry boom is also being driven by a new generation of Alpine touring skis and snowboards that make it easier…

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He Stopped by Her Table, and Then Into Her Life

Khrehaan Ebah’s chat with the restaurant manager who asked if she had enjoyed her lunch in March 2018 wasn’t for the benefit of her niece and dining companion, Yaheemah Ebah. But she used it to make a point about the importance of being cordial anyway. “When we left the restaurant Yaheemah was like, ‘Why were…

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The Rich Kids Who Want to Tear Down Capitalism

Lately, Sam Jacobs has been having a lot of conversations with his family’s lawyers. He’s trying to gain access to more of his $30 million trust fund. At 25, he’s hit the age when many heirs can blow their money on harebrained businesses or a stable of sports cars. He doesn’t want to do that,…

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Can Cannabis Farms Weather Wildfire Season?

In 2013, Joy Hollingsworth moved with her family from Seattle out to the country with a plan to build a cannabis business. Washington State had recently legalized recreational marijuana, and Barack Obama had just been re-elected. For Ms. Hollingsworth, a former basketball player, and her brother, Raft Hollingsworth III, a former University of Washington student…

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Behind the Scenes, Romance Catches a Spark

Matt Polk got his first glimpse of Devin Keudell one day in the early 2000s, when Mr. Keudell was standing in a doorway at the Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference, an annual industry conference for theater on Broadway and across the country held at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. “It was a pretty innocuous moment,…

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‘Mr. Downstairs’ Had the Key to Her Heart

Elma Holder couldn’t help feeling ridiculous on days when “Jerry Downstairs,” as she called him, would leave the retirement community building they lived in to visit his lady friend in town. “He would disappear for a day or two, and I would think, ‘Oh, this is silly that I’m feeling these feelings of jealousy,’” Ms.…

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Marty McFly and Beer Were the First Pairing That Day

Dyanna Villaluna Quizon prepared for her first date with Dane Clifford Volek the way most 31-year-olds in 2015 would: She looked him up on the internet. The trouble was, she couldn’t really find anything. But finding nothing told her something — that this was a person who might naturally balance her own lifestyle. “Dane is…

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Clicking Back Into Each Other’s Lives

Maxwell Sugerman treasures Maria Lopez, whom he met after investing $4 on a dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel, in August 2017. “She’s as down to earth as she is gorgeous,” said Mr. Sugerman, who is studying for an M.B.A. at Pace University in Manhattan. Ms. Lopez, 29, an art teacher at Dream Charter School, also…

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Modern Love: Junk Food Was Our Love Language

It’s autumn again, the eighth since my father died, and I’m craving chicken nuggets. When the pandemic began, I craved foods that happened to feel more virtuous. I was a frequent takeout customer at local San Francisco restaurants in economic peril: beef noodle soup from a mom-and-pop on Irving, refried beans from a taqueria on…

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