9 Navy Sweaters Because Good Ones Are Hard to Find

Finding a good navy sweater is hard; Goldilocks-like in task-level if you think about it. Find what you believe is the perfect one and then it turns out the shape isn’t quite right. Another could be so dark that it leaves you constantly questioning whether it’s actually black or navy. But with a little bit…

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Tech Fix: The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Personal technology was so awful this year that nobody would think you were paranoid if you dug a hole and buried your computer, phone and smart speaker under six feet of earth. Facebook made headlines week after week for failing to protect our privacy and for spreading misinformation. Juul, the e-cigarette company under investigation for…

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Trek Into Congo Forest Reveals an Ebola Crisis Fueled by Violence

Image A vaccination team administering the Ebola vaccine to residents of the Kanyihunga district in Congo, starting with those who had recent contact with Alphonsine Kahindo Kambere, the most recent local victim.CreditDiana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times LUSEGHE, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four health workers threaded their way cautiously down a steep…

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Whenever I Wear These Jeans People Ask Me Where I Got Them

Courtesy Citizens of Humanity I spent a few years searching for the perfect pair of vintage Levis: high-waisted, light wash, make-your-butt-look-perfect. I bought several pairs in this shopping quest, and deluded myself into thinking that they worked. But really, they were either too big and made me look dumpy, or far too small around my…

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It’s No Secret: Together for Four Decades, Married for Four Years

Because marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned along the way. Who Paula Martiesian, 64, and Ken Carpenter, 65. Occupations She is a painter, he is a musician (mostly jazz) and…

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Theaster Gates Is a Toast of the Fashion and Art Circuit

MIAMI BEACH — The image was arresting. Screened on a wall of the Freehand Miami hotel, it showed a bikini-clad woman playing volleyball on the beach. The blowup itself was not extraordinary, except that its subject was black. That photograph, first published in Ebony and Jet magazines in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and now…

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Browsing: A Quick Way to Update Your After-Dark Look

For the biggest, and last, bash of the year, or for whatever shindigs you have on the calendar this winter, you may tell yourself you need a festive new frock. But do you really? A little strategic spending will freshen up last season’s LBD, the one before that or the one before that. And who…

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Essay: One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google’s parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers of chess. A year earlier, on Dec. 5, 2017, the team had stunned the chess world with its announcement of AlphaZero, a machine-learning algorithm that had mastered not only chess but shogi, or…

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