Growing a Family in the Shadow of a Pandemic

The threat of coronavirus has tormented us in many ways, but perhaps this is one of the most profound: Deciding whether to start or expand a family has suddenly become even harder. While there’s never a perfect time to have a baby, getting pregnant during the pandemic isn’t the scenario most people would choose. But…

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6,000 Strains of Bacteria Under 1 Roof

In the winter of 1915, Pvt. Ernest Cable arrived at the Number 14 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France, in bad shape. The British army’s soldiers stationed on the Western Front of World War I were being ravaged by a variety of microscopic enemies. For Private Cable, it was Shigella flexneri, the bacterium that causes dysentery.…

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The TikTok House Wreaking Havoc Next Door

When a group of young men moved into a 7,800-square-foot mansion on a quiet street in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles in late January, their new neighbors took notice. Some assumed they were tech entrepreneurs. How else could they afford rent? Soon, the block’s residents began to observe what one might call frat-like…

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See All the Looks From Chanel’s Cruise 2021 Collection

Courtesy of Chanel “Initially I had Capri in mind, where the show was supposed to take place, but didn’t happen in the end because of lockdown,” says creative director Virginie Viard, “So we had to adapt: not only did we decide to use fabrics that we already had, but the collection, more generally, evolved towards…

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Chanel’s First Digital Show Was a Disappointment on Many Levels

The first big digital fashion show of the pandemic era — which is to say, the first big show since real shows were canceled — was unveiled on June 8. It followed a weekend in which protests against police brutality and racism sparked by the killing of George Floyd proliferated not just in the United…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Reopening States Are Blindsided by Protests

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageA group of protesters marched through Central Park on Sunday. New York State will offer free testing to anyone who attended a protest.Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times States looking to reopen find themselves ill prepared for mass protests.…

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Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’ve launched a new series, The World Through a Lens, in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Greta Rybus shares a collection of photographs from a set of islands in Maine. Three miles off the coast of…

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The Challenges of Pandemic Dental Care

On March 20, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered nonessential businesses closed, a colorful sign appeared in the window of my dentist’s office. It reads, “We are still here for you! Call our office if you are having dental pain or an emergency.” Like so many others, Dr. Edward Lee, a general…

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Seal Is Watching You on Instagram

Seal has spent the last two and a half decades living largely off the royalties of a song he never intended to release. “Kiss From a Rose,” released in 1994, was not his first hit single — that would be “Crazy” — but it was the one that stuck, after an appearance on the “Batman…

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How to End Pandemic Fights With Your Partner

Covid-19 can break marriages. The numbers coming out of the epicenters of the disease, though early and tentative, are dramatic. In Wuhan, applications for divorce have doubled from pre-outbreak levels, overwhelming the bureaucracy. But even for marriages that are not collapsing, Covid-19 is increasing the pressure. We’ve never spent so much time face-to-face with each…

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