Why Is My Uncle So Mad About Student Debt Forgiveness?

I am a recent college graduate. I am also drowning in student debt. On my salary, there is no way I can save money or think about buying an apartment while I make large payments on these loans. This will continue for 15 years at least. The pandemic “pause” on payments has been a huge…

Details

What We’re Thankful for This Year

Welcome. It’s Thanksgiving, and for many of us it’ll be smaller and quieter than in years past. I recommend taking a minute to read Mark Vanhoenacker on how he’s fending off sadness at not being with family for the holiday; it might broaden your perspective. And check out Sam Sifton on adding new flavors to…

Details

Travel Insurance During Coronavirus Pandemic: What To Know

When the pandemic struck, many travel insurance policies failed to cover Covid-19-related trip interruptions and cancellations, often because they excluded pandemics. But in the intervening months, the travel insurance industry has introduced a spate of new policies covering the disease just as many foreign destinations begin to require them. “We’ve seen progress in that many…

Details

New Jersey’s American Dream Mall Is Still Waiting to Fully Open

When the American Dream mall, a massive shopping and entertainment complex next to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., finally opened its doors to the public last October, its owner, the Triple Five Group, was eager to prove naysayers wrong. Skepticism had abounded in the 15 years since construction first started on the project, which…

Details

Could Covid-19 Cause Your Teeth to Fall Out?

Earlier this month, Farah Khemili popped a wintergreen breath mint in her mouth and noticed a strange sensation: a bottom tooth wiggling against her tongue. Ms. Khemili, 43, of Voorheesville, N.Y., had never lost an adult tooth. She touched the tooth to confirm it was loose, initially thinking the problem might be the mint. The…

Details

Why This Billionaire Will Never Leave New York

Why on God’s green earth would anyone choose to live somewhere besides New York City? This, to Leonard A. Lauder, the philanthropist and chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies, the multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation started by his parents, Joseph and Estée Lauder, is among the great mysteries of his lifetime. Mr. Lauder, 87, has remained…

Details

For Parents, Every Day Is Bird School

Me, my wife, our teenager and our 5-year old, we knew nothing about birds before the lockdown sent us inside in March. Our cramped home was suburban-convenient before the pandemic hit, nestled a few blocks from a school we don’t go in and a train downtown we won’t ride, and now it is just small.…

Details

Big data powers design of ‘smart’ cell therapies for cancer

Finding medicines that can kill cancer cells while leaving normal tissue unscathed is a Holy Grail of oncology research. In two new papers, scientists at UC San Francisco and Princeton University present complementary strategies to crack this problem with «smart» cell therapies—living medicines that remain inert unless triggered by combinations of proteins that only ever…

Details

Covid Combat Fatigue: Doctors and Nurses Are Running on Empty

About 2 a.m. on a sweltering summer night, Dr. Orlando Garner awoke to the sound of a thud next to his baby daughter’s crib. He leapt out of bed to find his wife, Gabriela, passed out, her forehead hot with the same fever that had stricken him and his son, Orlando Jr., then 3, just…

Details

AstraZeneca Faces Difficult Questions About Its Vaccine After Admitting Mistake

The announcement this week that a cheap, easy-to-make coronavirus vaccine appeared to be up to 90 percent effective was greeted with jubilation. “Get yourself a vaccaccino,” a British tabloid celebrated, noting that the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, costs less than a cup of coffee. But since unveiling the preliminary results,…

Details