The Coronavirus Could Dodge Some Treatments, Study Suggests

In a laboratory in New York City, researchers coaxed a key piece of the coronavirus — its infamous outer “spike” — to mutate so that it became invisible to disease-fighting antibodies, according to a new study that has not yet been published in a scientific journal. The provocative finding should not set off alarm bells,…

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‘Amazing, Isn’t It?’ Long Sought Blood Test for Alzheimer’s in Reach

A newly developed blood test for Alzheimer’s has diagnosed the disease as accurately as methods that are far more expensive or invasive, scientists reported on Tuesday, a significant step toward a longtime goal for patients, doctors and dementia researchers. The test has the potential to make diagnosis simpler, more affordable and widely available. The test…

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Virgin Galactic Unveils Comfy Cabin for Jet-Setting to the Edge of Space

The inside of Virgin Galactic’s space plane is like a space-age executive jet. The seats recline to absorb the forces of acceleration toward space. Mood lighting shifts during each phase of the flight. Twelve windows — two for each of the six passengers, who have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each for a seat…

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Time for a Literary Road Trip

In a typical year, when the thick summer heat descends, you might plot an escape from everyday life. But this is not a typical year, and whether you’re trapped in your home office or on your couch, the urge to get away from it all is likely stronger than ever. A road trip — one…

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Get a Head Start On Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Now

When it comes to the intoxicated feeling you get from shopping a clearance rack, nothing hits better than Nordstrom’s cult-favorite anniversary sale. It’s set to launch on August 19 through the 30th (with early access for cardmembers starting on August 13), but the retailer is giving us a preview of all the goods that are…

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Where to Safely Store Your Gold

We’re in the midst of a modern-day gold rush. The precious metal has reached record high prices in recent days. A survey of 1,000 people by Magnify Money found that one out of six have invested in gold or other precious metals since May, and about half of Americans are seriously thinking about buying gold.…

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Live Coronavirus News Updates and Analysis

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA demonstration earlier this month against reopening schools in Florida.Credit…Octavio Jones/Getty Images A national teachers’ union says its members can strike to ensure schools reopen safely. The second-largest teachers’ union in the United States announced on Tuesday that it would support its 1.7 million members if they choose to…

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Cold Comfort: France to Ban Heated Terraces, but Not This Winter

PARIS — France will ban heaters used by cafes and restaurants on outdoor terraces as part of a package of measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption, the French ecology minister said on Monday. The French government’s announcement came at a difficult time for cafe and restaurant owners hard hit by the Covid-19…

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Livestream Your Wedding Like a Pro

A smartphone with a strong internet connection is the only tool you really need to livestream a wedding to your friends and family. But if you want to heighten your production quality, and pull off a memorable livestream for your digital guests, you’ll need some extra gadgets. To help livestream their May 16 wedding in…

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How to Open a Top-Tier Restaurant in a Pandemic? Rethink Everything

CHICAGO — The chef de cuisine was looking up mask prices online as the team at Ever discussed how to approach guests entering the new restaurant. Under normal circumstances this would not be an issue. These customers would be paying at least $285 a head to be transported by peerless hospitality and the creativity of…

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