Inside One Brooklyn Restaurant’s Desperate Fight to Survive the Pandemic

On the second Saturday in March, the owners of Gertie, a Jewish-American luncheonette in Brooklyn, finalized a last step in the makeover of their year-old restaurant. They hired a new sous chef, an up-and-comer who had landed hours before on a one-way flight from Detroit. By dinnertime, though, the restaurant was unraveling. After spreading silently…

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How To Avoid Election Stress

From the droves of people voting by mail to the widespread protests for racial justice to the pandemic and worries about the electoral process itself, the 2020 election cycle provides “a recipe for a lot of angst” on Election Day, according to Alvin Bernard Tillery Jr., a professor of political science at Northwestern University .…

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How To Use LinkedIn

Arguably the least fun social media platform, LinkedIn used to be the online equivalent of a professional networking event — a stodgy affair that no one really wanted to hang around. But, for the foreseeable future, the pandemic has all but eradicated most other methods of sniffing out career opportunities. Now that grabbing drinks with…

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How to Listen to Radio Stations From Around the World

Americans may not be able to travel the world because of the pandemic, but thousands of foreign radio stations are easily accessible online to bring the world to you. For Dorothy Parvaz, a radio editor in Washington, D.C., foreign radio was her first introduction to the world beyond Tehran, where she lived until 12. “Listening…

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Learn the Etiquette of Virtual Weddings

With weddings this year being delayed, downsized or split into two — video ceremony now, party next year — many guests have some only-in-2020 etiquette questions. Should you dress up? Send a present — or two? Read on for answers to all your pandemic wedding quandaries. Zoom to the chapel. Laura Held, founder of Ida…

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Comfort Food Forever

Ali Slagle’s French onion macaroni and cheese (above) is one of more than 400 warming dishes featured in the super collection below. Make a vegetarian chili or stew, chocolate pancakes covered with raspberries and caramel sauce, or try a new fried chicken recipe.

For Socially Distanced Parties, Magicians Have New Bag of Tricks

It was a Sunday evening, and Ken Scott’s audience was spellbound. Parents and children were oohing and ahhing as he delivered a string of miracles. A wave of the hand over a Statue of Liberty postcard and the statue vanished. A Crunch bar morphed into a Rubik’s Cube that was solved in a flash. And…

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The Year of Blur

For Kate Baer, a poet in Harrisburg, Pa., 2020 feels like a time warp. She compared it to when she and four friends escaped to a woodsy cabin in Maryland and tried cannabis edibles. “Time stopped,” Ms. Baer, 35, said. “And this is how time feels in this pandemic. Fluid and very confusing.” Avi Bonnerjee,…

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The Election Work Diary of a Reporter With 2.5 Million Subscribers

Peter Hamby has found a way to be a political journalist for a new generation. After covering two presidential campaigns at CNN, he made an unusual career move in 2015: joining the social media app Snapchat. As the host of the platform’s first original series, “Good Luck America,” Mr. Hamby, 39, breaks down the political…

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Crispr Gene Editing Can Cause Unwanted Changes in Human Embryos, Study Finds

A powerful gene-editing tool called Crispr-Cas9, which this month nabbed the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for two women scientists, can cause serious side-effects in the cells of human embryos, prompting them to discard large chunks of their genetic material, a new study has found. Administered to cells to repair a mutation that can cause hereditary…

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