What to Cook: The Best Recipe for Christmas Eve

Good morning. Gabrielle Hamilton has the single-best idea for a Christmas Eve feed I’ve ever considered, and it’s the subject of her latest “Eat” column for The Times: a caviar sandwich (above) on buttered white toast, with scallion crème fraîche and chopped hard-boiled eggs. It’s a “luscious and haute, lowbrow sandwich,” Gabrielle told us. “All…

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Are You There, User? It’s Me, Facebook!

Image A fellow worker (at a store in the greater metro Manila area) checks her spam.CreditErik De Castro/Reuters It was 8:03 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, and my body had sent me a notification, via my throbbing skull: You’re probably getting the flu. Facebook, too, had just notified me, via an alert on my phone, of…

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Rome in Ruins

Stepping outside Termini station, the gateway to Rome for many visitors, my tour guide asked me what I saw. “Graffiti?” I said. “Trash?” “Exactly,” he said. “A Roman would not see this. The Roman is so beaten down by the filth in which he lives that he can no longer recognize or see the sad…

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Personal Health: HDL Cholesterol: Too Much of a Good Thing?

I used to be thrilled that my blood level of HDL cholesterol, the so-called good cholesterol, was high, the likely result of my devotion to daily physical activity. After all, HDL, for high-density lipoprotein, acts like an arterial cleanser, removing cholesterol from blood vessels and preparing it for removal outside the body. An ample supply…

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7 Ways to Age Well in 2019

Some advice from Well on what research can teach us about living longer, and better. By Gretchen Reynolds For lifelong heart health, start exercising early in life and keep exercising often — ideally, at least four times a week, according to a remarkable series of recent studies involving hundreds of people and their hearts. But…

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This Internet Person Thinks Your ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Memes Are Terrible

Artist’s rendering.CreditShutterstock Jason Richards is known as @Seinfeld2000 on Twitter, where he explains what the world would be like if “Seinfeld” were on TV today. He messaged me recently to explain that he was incensed by the misuse of a meme that he says he popularized three years ago. This meme consists of adding the…

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Medical News Today: Health benefits of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Three compounds, connected by their mention in the story of Jesus’ birth, may provide benefits beyond their gift of seasonal joy. Here, we investigate their healing powers. We will never know whether the three wise men knew how healthful their gifts were. When writing for a medical website, creating uplifting seasonal content can be challenging.…

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Medical News Today: Gold nanoparticles could destroy prostate cancer

In an ongoing clinical trial, researchers are using gold nanoparticles to target prostate cancer cells. So far, the results are promising, and side effects are relatively minimal. Nanotechnology may help improve prostate cancer treatment and reduce side effects. Prostate cancer affects around 1 in 9 men in the United States. Due to its high prevalence,…

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Medical News Today: Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Humans are unable to reverse the effects of hearing loss, but a biological process found in other animal species may hold the key to reversing this widespread problem. Reversing hearing loss is currently impossible. How the brain interprets sounds is a relatively simple process. First, a sound enters the ear via soundwaves. It then moves…

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Sharanya Haridas, Amrit Acharya

Sharanya Nedungadi Haridas and Amrit Pratik Acharya were married Dec. 21 at the Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort in Kochi, India. Tirumeni Prem Kumar, a Hindu priest, officiated in a Hindu ceremony. The couple met at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India, from which each graduated. The bride, 28, is a principal…

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