With Robot Deliveries and Outdoor Tents, Campus Dining Will Be Very Different

By Becky Vuksta’s calculations, the new socially distanced dining-hall setup at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., will serve 12 students a minute, or 720 students per hour. Not bad, but still not fast enough to feed the school’s 2,700 students in the rush between classes. So Ms. Vuksta, Furman’s director of auxiliary services, has added…

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Bright Outdoor Lights Tied to Less Sleep, More Anxiety in Teenagers

Artificial outdoor light at night may disrupt adolescents’ sleep and raise the risk for psychiatric disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked the intensity of outdoor light in representative urban and rural areas across the country using satellite data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They interviewed more than 10,123 adolescents living in these…

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Choke Point for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine

Public health officials in Houston are struggling to keep up with one of the nation’s largest coronavirus outbreaks. They are desperate to trace cases and quarantine patients before they spread the virus to others. But first, they must negotiate with the office fax machine. The machine at the Harris County Public Health department in Houston…

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Live Coronavirus Updates: Trump Aides Target Fauci

Here’s what you need to know: ImageSt. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday.Credit…Zack Wittman for The New York Times Case numbers in the U.S. are rising in all but a handful of states. More than 100,000 new cases were identified. Seven states set daily case records. Florida added more infections in a day than any state had…

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How Koalas With an S.T.D. Could Help Humanity

TOORBUL, Australia — The first sign is the smell: smoky, like a campfire, with a hint of urine. The second is the koala’s rear end: If it is damp and inflamed, with streaks of brown, you know the animal is in trouble. Jo, lying curled and unconscious on the examination table, had both. Jo is…

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Shopping for Medicine Cabinets

If your bathroom looks more like a cluttered pharmacy than a peaceful retreat, a generously sized medicine cabinet could help clean things up. “It provides a lot of extra storage,” said Winston Kong, a partner at Champalimaud Design in New York. And it also elevates and conceals potentially embarrassing or dangerous items, like medications and…

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How a Couple Got Each Other Through Cancer

This article is part of a series on resilience in troubled times — what we can learn about it from history and personal experiences. In September 2015, Jessica learned that she had stage 2B breast cancer, and six months later Dan was told that he had treatable stage 4 colon cancer. They are both now…

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The Case for Smarter Coronavirus Testing

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc in communities around the country, many people are seeking tests for evidence either of the virus itself or antibodies to it, an indicator of past infection. Whatever the result, experts say, test seekers face challenges. Those fearing a current infection may have been exposed too long ago to still…

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What’s Missing in the Effort to Stop Maternal Deaths

ImageA couple of months after delivery, new mothers can lose health coverage, particularly in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. Credit…Lisette Poole for The New York Times According to the best data available, as summarized in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States could prevent two-thirds of maternal deaths during or…

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You Know What Else Sold Well During the Pandemic? Weed Edibles

Ben Emerson had never tried cannabis edibles before his birthday in April. He was raised in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which he left five years ago, and marijuana was “this thing that I had never really even thought that I was allowed to do,” he said. “And then I’m like, ‘Wait, I can actually make…

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