Revisiting an Ancient Theory of Herbalism

HOW, I HAVE often wondered, did people first discover the highly specific applications of particular plants and herbs? That ginseng improves energy, say, or that ginger alleviates nausea, or that horsetail, which contains silica, might help hair to grow? One theory, possibly apocryphal and certainly much maligned by modern medicine, is that the physical characteristics…

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These Researchers Tested Positive. But the Virus Wasn’t the Cause.

In mid-June, Timothy Wannier tested positive for the coronavirus. Within 48 hours of receiving his jarring result, he felt almost certain there had been a mistake. “The evidence was overwhelmingly obvious,” said Dr. Wannier, a geneticist at Harvard University. At the time, case numbers were down in Massachusetts, where he, his wife and two young…

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All The Best Holiday 2020 Fashion Campaigns

© 2020 Christelle de Castro In a year as turbulent as 2020, there’s a reason fashion designers are looking towards the holidays to provide inspiration. The holiday 2020 campaigns are here, celebrating the spirit of connection during peak cozy season. Coach unveiled its «Holiday Is Where You Find It» campaign, starring the families of J.Lo…

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Why Do the Rules Seem to Apply Only to Me?

I board my horse at a commercial stable. For years, another boarder has reported me to management for breaking rules, like having my dog off-leash, which many other boarders do. I suspect she’s racist. I am one of only two nonwhite boarders, and she hasn’t reported anyone else. (Also, my dog is a breed that…

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How the Pandemic Inspired a Kitchen-Share Scene Among Out-of-Work Chefs

Six years ago, Katy McNulty, the chef and owner of The Pixie and the Scout, a catering company, raised $40,000 through Kickstarter to create her dream kitchen in a warehouse in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This summer and fall, she could finally pay it forward. As restaurants closed because of the pandemic, many of her chef…

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The Evolving Travel ‘Experience’: Virtual, Actual and In Between

Guided excursions have long been at the heart of travel, but like everything else, the pandemic disrupted such experiences, and many went virtual. But as travel begins to tick up, existing tour companies are adapting to social distancing in other ways. Some are complementing virtual experiences — for instance, guided chocolate tastings with chocolate shipped…

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Emily Ratajkowski, Nude Photographs and Justice

In September, the model and actress Emily Ratajkowski published an essay describing, among other injurious experiences, being sexually assaulted by a photographer named Jonathan Leder when she was 20. For years afterward, Ms. Ratajkowski wrote on The Cut, nude and seminude Polaroids from that shoot have been shown in galleries and republished without her permission.…

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The President’s Backup Band

In August, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross and Julia Louis-Dreyfus took turns as M.C.s at the Democratic National Convention. They were picked seemingly for their ability to reach different groups of women voters and represented exactly what Hollywood and the party hoped to telegraph about itself: classy, inclusive, empathic. Donald Trump never had…

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Examining impact of a point mutation in SARS-Cov-2 spike on virus transmission and pathogenicity

The current dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2, containing a D614G substitution in the spike protein, appears to have evolved to enhance transmissibility, according to a new study in human cells and animal models. Its results address concerns that have been raised about how this emergent mutation could enhance transmissibility, antigenicity, and/or pathogenesis, with implications for therapies…

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New prediction algorithm identifies previously undetected cancer driver genes

Irvine, CA — November 12, 2020 — A new study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, has deepened the understanding of epigenetic mechanisms in tumorigenesis and revealed a previously undetected repertoire of cancer driver genes. The study was published this week in Science Advances. Using a new prediction algorithm, called DORGE (Discovery…

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