Lego Is Making Braille Bricks. They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift.

When Carlton Cook Walker’s young daughter developed health problems that led to near-total blindness, she knew she wanted her to learn Braille. But the family’s school, in rural central Pennsylvania, was resistant. A teacher pointed out that the girl, then in preschool, could still read print — as long as it was in 72-point type…

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Mini-Vows: Everyone Assumed They Were a Couple, Except Them

Susannah Leigh Steele and David Anderson Weigel are to be married April 28 in Greenville, S.C. The Rev. Robert J. Reuss, an Episcopal priest, is to perform the ceremony, with the Rev. Patricia A. Reuss, also an Episcopal priest, taking part, at the chapel of Furman University. The bride and groom, who met when she…

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Mini-Vows: He Took the Leap First, Bad Knees and All

Amanda Kamen Phingbodhipakkiya and Jason Yue Shen were married April 26 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Belinda Ju, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life Minister for the event, officiated. The bride, 30, is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose works, including sculptures, paintings and augmented reality apps, aim…

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How to Stay Patient While Recovering From an Injury

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. As regular readers of this newsletter may know, I’ve been recovering from a stress fracture this winter. Fingers crossed I’ll be cleared…

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The Raisin Situation

FRESNO, Calif. — Millennials just weren’t eating raisins. So Sun-Maid, the century-old company with the iconic little red raisin boxes, hired someone to convince them that they should. At 38, Harry Overly was decades younger than the tenured raisin man he replaced as the chief executive of Sun-Maid. But he had experience — as the…

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Couples are Tying the Knot. And Retying It. And Tying It Again.

After two years and three wedding ceremonies, Benji Damron and Paris Yuan were left standing in blinding sunlight on a dusty road in Xinxiang, China, 400 miles south of Beijing. It was May 2017, and they had just completed the most elaborate stop in a whirlwind of celebration. But, here they were all sweaty as…

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The Look: Becoming a Woman Before Their Eyes

The Look The American bat mitzvah has never been more widely broadcast than in 2019. Image Gabi Ivler, at center, surrounded by friends at her bat mitzvah.CreditMarisa Chafetz for The New York Times Judith Kaplan didn’t celebrate her bat mitzvah in a hotel ballroom with a D.J. or an open bar for her grown-up guests.…

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Medical News Today: Why pet antibiotics could make their owners sick

At a small animal hospital in the United Kingdom, researchers have found a gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid — an antibiotic that doctors use to treat serious infections in humans. New research warns about the dangers of transmitting drug-resistant bacteria between humans and their pets. Healthcare professionals give linezolid when…

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Medical News Today: How might obesity affect the brain?

The link between obesity and the brain is a fascinating topic that scientists have only recently begun to explore. New research adds important pieces to the puzzle. Researchers have used MRI scans to examine the brains of people living with obesity. From the size and functionality of the brain to specific neuronal circuits, recent studies…

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