A Breakroom Friendship Flourishes

It took about 12 years for Elaine Stott and Tonya Thomas to give each other a shot. They worked together in the same Toyota plant in Kentucky, where a mutual friend would tell both of them how great the other was. Ms. Stott and Ms. Thomas wouldn’t hear it — at least early on. “We…

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Their Own Kind of Energy

Alia Mohammed’s favorite subjects — energy, oil and her hometown Houston — may not be catnip to most suitors. But for Saamir Elshihabi, they sparked electricity. Ms. Mohammed, 34, and Mr. Elshihabi, 46, met in 2014, when he was working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for Occidental Petroleum, an American energy company, and she…

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For These Pet Lovers, an Instant Connection

When Anthony Sauler messaged Michael Chertok on OkCupid in July 2016, they were both mourning the loss of a beloved pet. Mr. Chertok had just lost Java, a Rottweiler he had for 11 years. For Mr. Sauler, it was Ash, a formerly feral cat who had wandered into his backyard and he had for seven…

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New Luxury Condo Design: Understated

For years, developers of New York condominiums engaged in an unofficial battle to slather the most exotic materials, revered architects and designers, blue-chip art installations and exclusive club-like amenities over their projects. At 53 West 53, a tower designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, Thierry W. Despont crafted kitchens with backlit Statuary marble and bathrooms…

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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

Alexis Block was worried that the robot she’d built was malfunctioning. She was testing the optimal hug duration for her “HuggieBot 1.0,” a purple-furred, on-demand squeeze machine. Ms. Block had built pressure sensors into the machine’s torso, so if the human tester tapped or squeezed the robot on the back, it let go. But this…

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Driving Lessons With a Whiff of Mortality

Google Maps won’t tell you where Ray Charles is spending eternity, but my 16-year-old son, Sebastian, can take you there. I admit this is an inside job on my part. Sebastian is a piano player who appreciates the crooners of yore. He’s also learning to drive. I thought it might scare him to attention to…

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An Argument for Loving ‘Devil’s Advocate’

A steak dinner prepared at the Jersey City, N.J., apartment of Louis Keleher may or may not have been the first date he had with Samantha McCluskey. “She’s the only woman I made a steak dinner for in my life, so I always considered it a date,” he said. “She will tell you that she…

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Researchers examining computational & biological approach to flow diversion

Juan Cebral, Professor, Bioengineering, and his collaborators are constructing computational fluid dynamics models of cerebral aneurysms to compare the effects of flow diverters and assess the hemodynamic differences between immediate occlusions and long-term patency. To do so, they are using 3-D rotational angiography images and data on the effects of flow-diverting devices. They will include…

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New global programme funded to target COVID-19 neurological disease

The University of Liverpool is leading a new global project to better understand how and why COVID-19 affects the brain in order to develop measures to help improve patient outcomes. The University has secured £860,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish the COVID-Neuro…

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