36 Hours: 36 Hours in Miami and Miami Beach

There was a time when it wasn’t unusual to hear visitors use South Beach as shorthand for the entire Miami metropolitan area. The confusion was understandable — for those weekend warriors there was little reason to venture beyond the city of Miami Beach’s telegenic, Art Deco-emblazoned, southernmost tip. No more. South Beach’s famously louche night…

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Fashion Gets Down and Dirty

On Saturday evening, a small group of German coal miners — in full gear, from headlamps to black boots — marched into Times Square to sing a song. The men’s coal-streaked faces were somber as they clutched their dust-smeared white overalls and sang the “Steigerlied,” the traditional miner’s song with origins in the 16th century,…

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How Do You Dress a Russian Doll?

What would you wear if you could attend your own funeral? Don’t ask Nadia, the tart protagonist of the Netflix series “Russian Doll,” who dies and springs back to life in each of the eight episodes, never surviving quite long enough to seriously ponder the question. Chances are Nadia would deck herself out in some…

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The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula

Meet Süss, a math widget after your own heart: Like many geometric figures, a heart can be captured in all its curvaceous glory by a single algebraic equation. The equation for a sphere looks simple enough: x²+y²+z²=1. A heart is something more complex: (x²+((1+b)y)²+z²-1)³-x²z³-ay²z³=0 Süss — German for “sweet” — is an interactive widget that…

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Men’s porn habits could fuel partners’ eating disorders, study suggests

IMAGE: Tracy Tylka’s research found that women whose partners frequently watched porn were more likely to report symptoms of eating disorders. Symptoms were also more common for those who felt pressure… view more  Credit: The Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman whose boyfriend or husband regularly watches pornography is more likely to report symptoms…

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It doesn’t take much for soldiers to feel cared for

IMAGE: Service members were sent 11 short text messages for the study published in JAMA Psychiatry. view more  Credit: UW Medicine A soldier named Jerome Motto received caring letters from home in World War II. They helped boost his spirits and later led to one of the nation’s first successful suicide interventions. Today, with military personnel…

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Columbia researcher designs data visualization of carbon footprints

IMAGE: This tool makes it easy for everyone to explore hundreds of products’ carbon-emission levels. view more  Credit: CoClear A Columbia researcher affiliated with the Data Science Institute has created a data-visualization tool that shows the carbon footprints of hundreds of consumer products. The tool makes it easy for everyone to explore the products’ carbon-emission levels…

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Study on measles transmission in China have implications for controlling the epidemic worldwide

February 14, 2019 — A new study on the measles epidemic in China has far-reaching implications for eliminating the infection globally, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Using a new model-inference system developed at the Columbia Mailman School, the researchers were able to estimate population susceptibility and demographical characteristics in…

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Blindfolded training could help doctors save young lives

In a simulation training study, pediatric team leaders who wore a blindfold improved their leadership skills ratings by 11% over the course of 3 resuscitation scenarios, versus 5% for non-blindfolded leaders. Published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, the findings demonstrate a promising tool for improving training and outcomes in pediatric resuscitation. «Our study suggests that blindfolding…

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