Love Over Labels

Most of the time, I have no idea what Mohammed is saying when I hear him on the phone with his family in Morocco. But I feel a sense of comfort in his elevated tone and unfamiliar words often laced with laughter and strung together to form an Arabic conversation that my daughter and I…

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Don’t Get Mad, but ‘Hangry’ Isn’t Really Angry

The morning walk before a holiday meal can feel like an act of advance penance: a show of restraint before the feast, best performed under a pale sun, amid a lonely scatter of leaves and with a determination to keep the campfire in sight. March off too slowly — or too far — and you’ll…

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Looking For Wedding Deals? Start on Black Friday

The annual consumer blitz that is Black Friday, has seeped into the wedding landscape, like smoke from Romeo y Julieta cigars, frequently given as groomsmen gifts. (They’re 28 percent off at the Famous Smoke Shop.) The advertised deep discounts, offered by retailers beginning Friday, Nov. 29, and that often continue through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2,…

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The Snowiest Mountains: Where to Ski, and When

Great snow conditions can make a ski trip magical. Skiers can weight the odds in their favor by picking their destinations according to the time of winter. Two factors determine how a ski resort’s snow typically evolves across a season: snowfall and geography. Inside of those two elements, however, exist several layers. Here’s how to…

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Ready, Set, Ski! In China, Snow Sports are the Next Big Thing

When winter came to Beijing, it arrived as it often does, as a snarling Siberian wind. The cold howled through the hutongs and around the ring roads. It weaseled under the doors and through the seams of your shirt. It was early December. “Da xue” season had arrived, the time for “major snow.” But there…

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How Spices Have Made, and Unmade, Empires

IN THE HILLY Boaco region of central Nicaragua, the turmeric plants on Celia Dávila and Gonzalo González’s farm stand over four feet tall — thriving giants, although as natives of South and Southeast Asia, they’re actually newcomers to this land. Coffee once ruled these fields, but as its price has grown unstable, smallholder farmers like…

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Eating After You Exercise May Provide Added Fat-Burning Benefits

Working out on an empty stomach could amplify the health benefits of the activity, according to a well-timed new study of the interplay of meal timing, metabolic health and moving. The study, which involved sedentary men and moderate cycling, suggests that whether and when we eat may affect how exercise affects us. In general, any…

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What Does ‘Black Friday’ Even Mean Anymore?

“Black Friday Sale Starts Now!” “Shop Black Friday Deals Now!” “Gear Up, It’s Black Friday” — so read the emails in my inbox and the banners on my search engine. Well, yes, you shrug. What do you expect? It’s that time of year. Except when I received said emails, and said banners began to appear,…

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New study shows a minimum dose of hydromethylthionine could slow cognitive decline

ABERDEEN, Scotland and Singapore, 26 November, 2019 — In a paper published in today’s online issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (DOI 10.3233/JAD-190772), TauRx has reported unexpected results of a pharmacokinetic analysis of the relationship between treatment dose, blood levels and pharmacological activity of the drug hydromethylthionine on the brain in over 1,000 patients…

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Problems of homophobia and transphobia in sport

The overarching aim of the Europe-wide joint project was to develop strategies and training measures in the field of sport in order to counter discrimination and violence related to sexual orientation or gender identity. Participation in sport at all levels should be made easier for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and intersexuals. In the first…

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