By Air, Land and Sea, Travel is Electrifying

The roar of a jet engine, the vroom of a car, the vibration of a moving ship. These sounds and sensations, commonly associated with travel and motion, share a common source: fossil fuel-powered engines. But as regulators and businesses around the world try to reduce carbon emissions, airplanes, automobiles and ships are going electric. It’s…

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An Airline Told a Breastfeeding Woman to Cover Up. Social Media Weighed In.

LONDON — The Dutch airline KLM has found itself in the middle of a heated debate over breastfeeding in public, after the company said it might ask women to cover themselves while breastfeeding onboard if other passengers said they were offended. The issue came to light after Shelby Angel, a woman from Sacramento, Calif., wrote…

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Fashion’s Next Big Thing Is Hiding in a Boston Auto Body Shop

“It’s important to own where you’re from,” says designer Alex Bossi. For him, that’s East Boston, where he recently returned to live in his family’s auto body shop after years spent working all over the world. His new digs became a source of inspiration for his fashion line, Bossi Sportswear, launching this summer at Maxfield…

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A Messy Exit Leaves Planned Parenthood at a Philosophical Crossroads

WASHINGTON — Leana Wen had already made a name for herself as Baltimore’s health commissioner when Planned Parenthood hired her as its new president last fall. Dr. Wen, a 36-year-old physician, had used innovative policies to combat the opioid epidemic and delivered a widely watched TED Talk. She regularly appeared on lists of the most…

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A Brief History of Squads

Image “The squad” arrives at a press conference on Monday, July 15.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times It took four years, but there’s a new “it” squad and it’s taking applications. It had seemed that “squads,” as made infamous by Taylor Swift circa 2015, had gone the way of “on fleek” and “lit.” Not long after…

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Feeling Lonely? Perhaps You’d Like to Talk to Some Strangers

When Ankit Shah graduated from college and moved to the Bay Area in 2013, he didn’t know a single person there. Hungry for connections, he asked his Facebook friends to ask their Bay Area-based friends if they’d like to have tea with him, a stranger. “I was very nervous that people would be like ‘who’s…

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Arthritis Is Tied to Heart Disease Risk

Having osteoarthritis may increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Osteoarthritis, the painful degenerative disease of the joint cartilage and bones that progresses with age, affects about 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 60. There is no cure. Researchers studied 469,177 residents of southern Sweden who ranged in age from…

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Have We Hit Peak Podcast?

In 2016, Morgan Mandriota and Lester Lee, two freelance writers looking to grow their personal brands, decided to start a podcast. They called it “The Advice Podcast” and put about as much energy into the show’s production as they did the name. (After all, no one was paying them for this. Yet.) Each week, the…

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Bright Lights? Dimmer. Big City? More Distant.

BALI, Indonesia — It was 7:30 a.m. and we were deep in the jungle. Mark Baker, his wolf and me. “Dawn used to be the enemy,” he recalled, as we descended a steep slope of slippery rocks. We weren’t on a tourist path, a dirt path or any path. One misstep and I would have…

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