Before You Sip That Cocktail, a Few Safety Warnings

The phrase “cocktail safety” may sound like an oxymoron, or the punch line of a barroom joke. After all, we’re talking about alcohol, and a brandy Alexander is hardly as harmless as a smoothie. But as modern bartenders dig into their cocktail chemistry sets for new techniques and arcane ingredients, Camper English, a drinks writer…

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Mountains Aren’t Just for Skiing

Snow hiking is growing in popularity as a wintertime sport globally. Alta Badia ski resort, in Italy’s Dolomites region, saw 50,000 snow hikers in the winter of 2017- 18, compared with 30,000 the previous winter, according to the local tourist board. Companies that offer snow hiking excursions also report a rise in business: Discover Banff…

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UPDATE: Three Strategies for Finding Snow

Planning a ski vacation well in advance is a tricky proposition. Early birds can’t possibly know what snow conditions will be several months or weeks out. And those who wait for flakes to fall risk missing out on special deals — if there is any availability left at all late in the booking game. One…

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Ask Well: Does Sunlight Through Glass Provide Vitamin D?

Q. Does sunlight through window glass provide vitamin D? A. Sunlight doesn’t actually “provide” you with vitamin D. Rather, your body produces vitamin D when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which trigger vitamin D synthesis. The liver and kidneys convert this biologically inert form of vitamin D into biologically active forms the…

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Some of You Have Never Dealt With Seasonal Moods and It Shows

It appears once again that February has arrived, as it manages to every year, though it wasn’t exactly invited. The world is dark and postures are slumped as people trudge around in floor-length puffer coats, hunching inward for warmth like a dreary colony of sun-starved caterpillars. In New York City, a strained quiet has settled…

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Beyond College Campuses and Public Scandals, a Racist Tradition Lingers

ATLANTA — Nina Yeboah was a freshman at Georgia State University in 2004 when she heard about the pair of white fraternity brothers who had shown up at a “Straight Outta Compton” party in blackface. Fifteen years later, she said, it still feels traumatic to talk about what would become a moment of embarrassment and…

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With Abortion in Spotlight, a Flurry of Legislation Across the Country

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with a single doctor authorized to perform abortion, the latest development in the national legal fight over the fate of abortion law under a conservative-leaning court. Louisiana’s law, which requires that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at…

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Fluconazole makes fungi sexually active

IMAGE: Treatment with fluconazole can lead to genetic changes in Candida albicans that make the fungus capable of mating. view more  Credit: Bernardo Ramírez-Zavala/Universität Würzburg The yeast Candida albicans occurs in most healthy people as a harmless colonizer in the digestive tract. However, it can also cause life-threatening infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. These infections are…

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Seasons change: Researchers provide new definition for major Indian monsoon season

IMAGE: A monsoon mist settles over hills in the South Indian state Tamil Nadu during the North East Indian Monsoon season view more  Credit: Sara Vankm TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Toward the end of every year, the Northeast Indian Monsoon (NEM) batters southern India with torrents of driving rain, but climatologists have never precisely defined when the…

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