A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland

It was the promise of danger that enticed my 11-year-old son. Sebastian, my oldest child, has grown up reading fantasy novels and watching “Lord of the Rings,” so he knows every inch of Frodo and Sam’s journey, from the Dead Marshes to Mount Doom. So this is how I sold it: We were going to…

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How Many Steps Should You Take a Day?

Humans, once in constant motion as hunters and gatherers, are moving less than ever. At first, this trend seemed like progress: Transferring our heavy and dangerous work to animals, then machines, enabled more people to live longer. As recently as the 1950s, doctors considered exercise dangerous for people over age 40; for heart disease, which…

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The Collective Memory of American Shoppers

Changes in retail spaces — say, new cash registers at the nearest big-box store — are met by most shoppers with a “huh,” if anything. But for some, even the most seemingly minor tweaks are noticed and documented online as part of modern American history. On Facebook and Reddit, private groups and public forums like…

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Touch Football, Sold as Safer, Now Requires a Helmet

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — On a steamy afternoon in June, Jim Poynter, the coach of the 7-on-7 touch football team at Lamar High School in Arlington, Tex., escorted one of his former players around the state tournament. In a game last spring, the player, Brett Green Jr., was knocked out after his head collided with…

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Syrups Beyond Maple

Maple syrup dominates when it comes to pancake toppings, but the sap of other trees like birch and walnut can also be tapped. New Leaf Tree Syrups, a brand under the company the Forest Farmers, located in Mount Lyon, N.Y., and Marshfield, Vt., now bottles woodsy, organic American beech syrup; viscous and fruity sweet birch…

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Is endometriosis an autoimmune disease?

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Can you get a yeast infection from antibiotics?

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Is Spam Trying to Tell Us Something?

The oracles are screaming. They wave around their yield curves and their poll results and their images of ice and fire. Every headline is a forecast. Every stray observation supports a theory. Something is about to happen. (But when?) Many things are about to happen. (And here’s why!) Nobody is sure they know anything, but…

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