How to Get Focused

The average person’s mind wanders 47 percent of the time, according to a 2010 Harvard study, so nearly half the time you’re doing one thing, you’re thinking about something else. Add the 24-hour news cycle, the barrage of social media and the countless distractions for those working from their bedrooms, backyards and walk-in closets —…

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Strangers’ Things

Pornography is the most common form of sexual experience available online — so common, perhaps, that a market for rarer intimacies has emerged. Bottles of influencer bath water sell for $30 a jar. Some cam models have scaled back on erotic performance because they can earn more money selling homemade cookies and hair clippings. You…

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Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, Expert in Infectious Diseases, Dies at 62

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Things were still relatively calm at the Medical Center at Bowling Green in mid-March, around the time the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced the first Covid…

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Keith Hufnagel, Pro Skateboarder and Entrepreneur, Dies at 46

Keith Hufnagel, a professional skateboarder who grew a San Francisco streetwear store, Huf, into a global apparel company by the same name, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 46. A statement from the company said the cause was brain cancer, which Mr. Hufnagel had for two and a half years.…

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A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day

He had no history of heart problems. He walked his dog regularly and worked a physically demanding job as a construction worker, according to his doctors. Then, in January 2019, he collapsed at a McDonald’s and died. The likely culprit? Black licorice, according to the doctors who treated him and who this week published their…

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Under 10 Percent of Americans Have Covid-19 Antibodies, Study Finds

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA coronavirus testing site in Los Angeles last month.Credit…Philip Cheung for The New York Times Less than 10 percent of Americans have coronavirus antibodies, a new study finds. Less than 10 percent of Americans have antibodies to the new coronavirus, suggesting that the nation is even further from herd…

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40 Guests, Plus a Covid-Safety Officer

Dr. Kyle Burton was a medical student at Harvard and just beginning at the Harvard Kennedy School’s master’s program in public policy when he first spotted Julie-Ann Hutchinson, also a new student in the program, in the fall of 2017. “She definitely caught my eye,” he said, and after classes began, in a health policy…

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Fake Guns, Fictional Battles, Real Uniforms: Inside the Immersive World of MilSim

The Look 2020 Veterans, gamers, history buffs and gun enthusiasts are shelling out to take part in military simulations. Photographs by Christopher Lee Text by Chris Jones Sept. 26, 2020 ImageMilSim West is one of several companies that host military simulation events in the United States, including in Clovis, Calif., pictured here.Credit…Christopher Lee for The…

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Pandemic Appropriate Wedding Gifts

Along with many couples’ 2020 wedding plans, gifts and registries during the coronavirus pandemic may look a little different. For decades, elaborate tableware sets for large groups and hosting accessories like serving platters were gifting staples. In more recent years, wanderlust couples created honeymoon funds, requesting guests contribute cash for adventures abroad. But now, while…

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