Matter: Denisovan Jawbone Discovered in a Cave in Tibet

In 1980, a Buddhist monk in Tibet entered a sacred cave to pray. On the floor, he found half of a human jawbone, studded with two teeth. A team of scientists on Wednesday reported that the fossil belonged to a 160,000-year-old Denisovan, a member of a lineage of mysterious, Neanderthal-like humans that disappeared about 50,000…

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What causes spotting before a period?

Spotting before a period is generally harmless, and there is not always an obvious cause. However, spotting is sometimes an early sign of pregnancy or an indication of hormonal changes in the body. Spotting is light, irregular bleeding from the vagina that is noticeable but not substantial enough to soak a pad or liner. Spotting…

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Massachusetts Bets on a Vegas Casino

Image Encore Boston Harbor casino and resort is across the Mystic River from the city, in Everett, Mass. CreditEncore Boston Harbor With 671 guest rooms, a 210,000 square-foot casino, more than 3,000 slot machines, a 37,000 square-foot ballroom, a 21,000 square-foot waterfront lawn and more than a dozen restaurants and bars, everything about the Encore Boston…

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The Edit: Was My Study Abroad Experience ‘Authentic’ Enough?

On any given morning, I’m on my bike: zipping around tight corners and down cobblestone alleyways, dodging tourists while simultaneously trying to not fall into canals on my way to school in Amsterdam’s city center. Like any good Amsterdammer, I’m a pro at swerving and dodging, racing a tram and cursing out the pedicabs that…

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So You Want to Blow Out Your Brooklyn Brownstone

Elizabeth Roberts lives in a four-story townhouse in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn that is light filled and lovely but not, strictly speaking, an “Elizabeth Roberts townhouse.” The entire ground floor hasn’t been turned into a glamorous kitchen with a marble-topped island the size of small car, for instance. Ms. Roberts’s kitchen is on…

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Critical Shopper: Post-Apocalyptic Jeans Now

Image Punk street scenes from 1970s and ’80s London play on a loop on LED screens at R13.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times The R13 store at 34 Howard Street is an understated storefront tucked across the street from Opening Ceremony and one door down from Rick Owens. It’s a homecoming for the label,…

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What to Cook: What to Cook in a Changing Climate

To wit: Some foods have a bigger impact on climate change than others; plants have the smallest impact. Also, what you eat matters more than where it comes from, which may upset your mantra of local-organic-is-best. You don’t have to become a vegan to make a difference! Just decreasing the amount of meat you eat…

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You Can Make a Treadmill From These Common Household Items (but Don’t)

To be clear, we’re not suggesting this is a great idea. But people across the globe have figured out an easy, if mildly dangerous, way to create a makeshift treadmill in their homes: by pouring soap or shower gel onto tiled floors in kitchens and bathrooms, adding a touch of water, gripping a sturdy surface,…

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Boîte: A Midtown Speakeasy Popular With ‘Real Housewives’

Image Savage Lounge attracts an uptown crowd, including some cast members from “The Real Housewives of New York City.”CreditNina Westervelt for The New York Times Boîte: Savage Lounge Midtown The speakeasy can’t seem to die. There are speakeasies hidden behind phone booths, coffee shops and virtually countless unmarked doors. Savage Lounge, which opened in December,…

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