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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Spirits of Grandfathers Past

Grouse Creek, Utah, is about as off the beaten path as a town can be. To access this sleepy community, you have to cross miles of dirt and gravel roads over hilly terrain. A tiny two-pump gas station is the town’s only commercial building, along with a Bureau of Land Management bunkhouse, a shed-like post…

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Vitamin B3 protects skin cells from the effects of UV exposure, new research finds

LUGANO, 31 October, 2020 — Research presented today at EADV’s 29th Congress, EADV Virtual, shows hope that a form of vitamin B3 could protect skin cells from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) exposure: the main risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancers (1). Researchers in Italy isolated cells (human primary keratinocytes) from the skin of patients…

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New research reveals risky sexual behavior and STIs are rising despite COVID-19 pandemic

LUGANO, 31 October, 2020 — New research (1) launched at the 29th EADV Congress, EADV Virtual, has found that despite the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) lockdown restrictions, diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea, secondary syphilis and mycoplasma genitalium (MG), have increased. The research, conducted in two main STI centres in Milan, Italy, compared the number…

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Cruise Ships Can Get Ready to Set Sail Again, C.D.C. Says

Cruise ships can prepare to set sail again beginning Sunday under a conditional order issued by U.S. health officials that aims to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission at sea by requiring a host of measures, including testing and quarantine, all designed to keep crews and passengers safe. No ship will set sail with passengers…

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Cruise Ships Can Sail Again, With Strict Rules. Here’s What to Know.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday lifted its “no sail” order on U.S. cruise ships and set out a framework for how cruising could restart. Under the new structure, cruise companies must demonstrate adherence to stringent health and safety protocols including extensive testing, quarantine measures and social distancing. If they meet these…

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Waking Up at 3 A.M.? You Have Company.

It was that ghastliest of hours — 3 a.m. — bedtime a distant memory and daylight an eternity away. In the silence of his Salisbury, Conn., house, the interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth jolted awake. Semiconscious, he felt himself in a strange state of turmoil, his thoughts a tangled skein of hopes and expectations, though…

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