Why Doesn’t He Love Our Kids Like He Loves His Nephew?

My husband’s brother died in his 30s, eight years ago, leaving a wife and 5-year-old son. Ever since, my husband visits his nephew, without fail, one night a week for a couple of hours. (The boy is great and doing well.) Meanwhile, we have two kids in elementary school, and my husband never gives them…

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At Valentino, Diversity by Design

Image Valentino haute couture, fall 2019CreditValerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times PARIS — Issues of inclusion and cultural sensitivity — and fashion’s lack of understanding thereof — have been at the forefront of the general conversation for awhile now, though they have been particularly pressing since last fall, when the industry began what seemed…

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Beverage Companies Embrace Recycling, Until It Costs Them

In the 10 states where consumers can collect a nickel or dime when they return an empty bottle or can, recycling rates for those containers are often significantly higher.CreditCreditVideo by Chang W. Lee They have pledged to help fix U.S. recycling, but for decades the companies have fought against “bottle bills,” which result in more…

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What Do Teenagers Need? Ask the Family Dog

People of all ages become deeply connected to their pets, but in the lives of teenagers, animals often play a special role. Indeed, pets provide comforts that seem to be tailor-made for the stresses of normal adolescent development. To start, animals don’t judge — and teenagers are generally subjected to a great deal of judgment.…

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The Horrible Place Between the Apps

Everyone has that one app. The one that mocks you from your home screen. The app that lures you to the folder where you’ve tried to hide it. The app you’ve signed out of and deleted — only to download again the next morning. The app you can’t quite quit. For Corey Lewis, it was…

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What Would Giving Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants Mean?

Providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants has long been nothing more than a wouldn’t-it-be-nice item on the far left’s wish list. But in the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, nearly everyone supports it. Almost all of the 19 candidates who responded to a recent New York Times survey…

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Scientists invent fast method for ‘directed evolution’ of molecules

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — UNC School of Medicine scientists created a powerful new «directed evolution» technique for the rapid development of scientific tools and new treatments for many diseases. The scientists, whose breakthrough is reported in Cell, demonstrated the technique by evolving several proteins to perform precise new tasks, each time doing it in a…

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