Buy All the Fruit

Good morning. When Alison Roman goes to the market this time of year, she buys fruit. All of the fruit. And then she cooks it, spending more time in her kitchen making desserts than she does at any other time of the year. She has, she says, no regrets about that. She does have recipes,…

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Burner Apps and No Selfies When Reviewing Restaurants

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Tejal Rao, the California restaurant critic based in Los Angeles, discussed the tech she’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your work as our first California restaurant critic? My phone is such a big part…

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants

Image President James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant for field research to analyze materials excavated from the estate overseer’s quarters.CreditKenneth M. Wyner/Montpelier Foundation An animated short documentary series about female trailblazers in the Progressive Era, a biography of Sacagawea and a project analyzing materials excavated from…

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Football May Take a Toll on the Brain, Even Without Concussions

After a season of college football, portions of players’ brains can show worrying signs of damage, even if they did not experience a concussion, according to a timely new study of contact sports and brain health. The study, which concentrated on changes to white matter in players’ brains, amplifies growing concerns about the effects of…

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A Road Trip to the Fiberglass Frontier of Northern Wisconsin

My teenage son groaned from the back seat as we pulled over in Wabeno, about the 10th Wisconsin town with a population of 1,000 or so that we had stopped at that day. My attempt to get him to leave the car to look at the 22-foot statue of a lumberjack across the street was…

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The Em Dash Divides

After the Oxford comma debate and the death knell of the period, the latest mark to define and divide us — breaking up our thoughts, adding emphasis to our convictions, alternately vexing and delighting readers — is the em dash. For some writers, the em dash is a vice that their editors occasionally forgive but…

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Drinking Bleach Won’t Cure Cancer or Anything Else, F.D.A. Says

The Food and Drug Administration was dragged into the online world of medical misinformation this week, telling consumers not to drink bleach solutions that are being marketed as cures for autism, cancer, H.I.V./AIDS and other medical conditions. It was the latest example of how health authorities must sometimes pit science against the viral power of…

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It’s Hot. It’s August. It’s … Pumpkin Spice Time?

As a heat wave bears down on parts of the country, what could be better than wrapping your sweaty palms around a steaming pumpkin-flavored latte? If that is not your idea of summer fun, take it up with the coffee and doughnut chain that now goes by the name Dunkin’, which announced on Monday that…

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Dr. John Hansen, Who Made Marrow Transplants Safer, Dies at 76

Dr. John A. Hansen, an immunologist whose pioneering research made bone marrow transplants safer and vastly expanded the pool of potential donors to patients with leukemia and other blood disorders, died on July 31 at his home in Mercer Island, Wash. He was 76. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his wife, Suzanne Hansen, said. As…

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‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors

The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year. After Juul Labs, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf space.…

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