Flossie Wong-Staal, Who Unlocked Mystery of H.I.V., Dies at 73

Flossie Wong-Staal, a molecular biologist who helped establish H.I.V. as the cause of AIDS, revealed the virus’s inner-workings by cloning it and then laid the foundation for treatments, died on July 8 in San Diego. She was 73. Her death, at Jacobs Medical Center in the La Jolla section of the city, was caused by…

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No Bleach and Dirty Rags: How Some Janitors Are Asked to Keep You Virus-Free

The old job of custodians was tidying up. The new one is protecting against a killer through disinfection. As the coronavirus continues to rage and businesses and workplaces weigh the risks of reopening, janitors have a warning about the current state of cleaning in the United States. Many say they have not been given enough…

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Sheet-Pan Summer

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Last week, we established that summer is an ideal time to embrace simple cooking: Find fresh ingredients and let them shine. But we did not talk about cleanup. In fact, recipes never talk about cleanup. But a sink stacked with dishes and a countertop strewn with sullied pots,…

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A Fashion Show Epilogue. Or Was It an Elegy?

In 1964 Andy Warhol trained a camera on the Empire State Building for about six and a half hours, in a meditation on the nature of monuments, thought and perception. On Friday, Alessandro Michele of Gucci trained a camera — actually a few — on a Gucci campaign shoot for 12 hours in a livestream…

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Inside Johnson & Johnson’s Nonstop Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine

Each workday morning in March, Noe Mercado drove through the desolate streets of Boston to a tall glass building on Blackfan Circle, in the heart of the city’s biotech hub. Most residents had gone into hiding from the coronavirus, but Mr. Mercado had an essential job: searching for a vaccine against this new, devastating pathogen.…

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How Can We Be of Service?

Welcome. Here’s all any of us have been talking about these days on our calls and video calls, on Slack, in texts and in emails sent too early in the morning or way too late at night: What happens when it’s Fall? As a corollary: What happens when school starts or it doesn’t, or it…

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Overlooked No More: Nancy Green, the ‘Real Aunt Jemima’

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Nancy Green was standing under the South Side El on East 46th Street in Chicago one Thursday in 1923 when she was struck and killed by a car that had collided with a laundry truck and…

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A Portuguese Artist’s Chilled Tomato Soup

In “One Good Meal,” we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. When summer hits the Iberian Peninsula, everyone starts eating cold tomato soup. Spaniards, of course, prepare gazpacho —…

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Gucci Starts a New Story with Its Epilogue Collection

Transparency is top of mind of Alessandro Michele. This morning, the creative director of Gucci released a video of his latest collection, titled Epilogue, which serves as the final chapter of his “trilogy of love.” In the 12-hour livestream, the Italian brand filmed a sizable crew at Palazzo Sacchetti in Rome, Italy, where slowly but…

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Milan Has Some Reasons to Be Cheerful

There is nothing like a week of watching designer infomercials to make you long for the return of fashion shows IRL. Those sometimes infuriating, often perplexing, seldom dull and more than occasionally brilliant demonstrations of the truth that fashion is less about clothes than a cultural gestalt seem more essential the longer you are deprived…

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