German Court Overturns Ban on Assisted Suicide

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court on Wednesday overturned a ban on medically assisted suicide, adding to a long-simmering debate about euthanasia and the role of professionals in end-of-life decisions in a country with Nazi ties to the practice. The Federal Constitutional Court found that the right to die “includes the freedom to take one’s life…

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Is Virgil Abloh the Karl Lagerfeld for Millennials?

Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and the men’s wear designer of Louis Vuitton, is the kind of fashion figure that seems to demand comparison. Almost every profile contains one buried somewhere in the text (or not so buried). He is “the Andy Warhol for our times” (The Guardian), he is “Jeff Koons” (the editor…

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‘Like a Scream of Resistance’: Rio’s Carnival in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Surfacing Turbocharged creativity and passion were on display in the streets of Rio de Janeiro this month. ImageCredit…Maria Magdalena Arrellaga for The New York Times Rio de Janeiro’s world-renowned Carnival has always had streaks of irreverence and political satire. But with the ascendancy of President Jair Bolsonaro, many revelers have come to see the celebration…

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Tourism in Antarctica: Edging Toward the (Risky) Mainstream

In January, the Coral Princess, a ship with 2,000 berths and a crew of nearly 900, plowed through the frigid waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising past icebergs, glaciers and mountains clad in snow. The cruise, which had been advertised at less than $4,000 per person, is remarkably cheaper than most Antarctic expeditions, which often…

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Are Foods Labeled ‘Low Sugar’ Misleading Consumers?

The label on Honest Tea’s organic peach-flavored iced tea has a reassuring message for people who want a beverage that is not too sugary: “Just a Tad Sweet,” the label states. But a single serving of the beverage, the amount in one 16.9 ounce bottle, has 25 grams of added sugar, equivalent to six teaspoons…

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The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go

I was a chubby little kid. I loved toast, butter, cookies, orange juice, ice cream and hamburgers, and I didn’t like moving around that much. I wasn’t a snacker, or a grazer. I just ate as much as an adult and then sat around reading the “All-of-a-Kind Family” books and “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”…

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How Exercise Might Affect Our Food Choices, and Our Weight

Taking up exercise could alter our feelings about food in surprising and beneficial ways, according to a compelling new study of exercise and eating. The study finds that novice exercisers start to experience less desire for fattening foods, a change that could have long-term implications for weight control. The study also shows, though, that different…

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Shaved Heads, Adult Diapers: Life as a Nurse in the Coronavirus Outbreak

Zhang Wendan and her family were celebrating the Lunar New Year when the 27-year-old nurse got a notice from the hospital: report back to work and join the battle to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Ms. Zhang lives in Huanggang, in Hubei Province, where the virus originated. Two days earlier officials had sealed off her city…

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Bilingual mash ups: Counterintuitive findings from sociolinguistics

A new study exposes the fallacy of relying on pronunciation as a measure of linguistic proficiency. The study, ‘Revisiting phonetic integration in bilingual borrowing’, by Shana Poplack, Suzanne Robillard, Nathalie Dion (all from the University of Ottawa), and John. C. Paolillo (University of Indiana Bloomington) will be published in March 2020 issue of the scholarly…

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Study reveals potential new treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have uncovered a potentially more beneficial treatment regimen for patients with metastatic melanoma. The results, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, show that radiation before immunotherapy may prolong lives of patients with melanoma that has spread to the brain. «Melanoma brain metastases occur in…

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