North Korea Claims No Coronavirus Cases. Can It Be Trusted?

SEOUL, South Korea — Shin Dong-yun, ​a scientist from the North Korean Institute of Virology, ​rushed to the northwestern border with China in early February. There, he conducted 300 tests, skipping meals to assess ​a stream of people ​so that “the country is protected from the invasion of the novel coronavirus.” Stories like this, carried…

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6 Pitfalls of Online Dating

Before you start looking for love on dating sites, read about 6 unobvious pitfalls of dating apps. The time, spent aimlessly, is the minimum loss that threatens you. They require so much time Reading messages, responding to comments, checking likes and studying the profiles of potential partners – all this takes a lot of time…

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In Search of Zambia’s Stunning Wildlife: A Virtual Safari

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’re turning to photojournalists who can help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. We’re calling this new series “The World Through a Lens.” This week, the photographer Marcus Westberg shares a collection of wildlife photographs from Zambia, which he’s visited six times…

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Home Schooling, Simplified

Like many people’s homes at the moment, mine now resembles a juvenile corporate office. My 6-year-old logs into Zoom for morning meetings and singalongs, my 8-year-old uses Google Docs to pitch fairy-tale adaptations to his teacher, and both use new email accounts to compare schedules with classmates and dole out emojis. When New York closed…

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You Show Me Your Décor, I Show You Mine

As Americans dutifully sequestered themselves into their homes last week, enacting their own versions of Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” (flopping down on Rug, Sofa and Bed, perhaps fighting over Vacuum and Dishes, united in dreams of Outside), they took their pleasures where they could. One popular distraction has been the window into other people’s rooms:…

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How to Store Your Travel Gear

Travel gear is by nature a polarizing topic: hard-shell versus soft-sided, folding versus rolling, carry-on versus checked — heck, even unpacking or not at the start of a vacation. But most people can agree that putting away travel gear after a long trip is a chore. Hence the half-full suitcase that languishes out in the…

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Creatures in This Underwater Forest Could Save Your Life One Day

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — It was 6 a.m. at the dock on a Tuesday in December, and the weather did not look promising. Fog hovered over the water, and the engine of the Research Vessel E.O. Wilson rumbled. Our ship disappeared into the mist, and by 7:30 the crew, a team of biologists, chemists and…

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Live Coronavirus News and Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Trump suggests coronavirus testing is no longer a problem. Governors disagree. Video transcript Back transcript Listen to the Call: Bullock and Trump Discuss Testing Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana discussed the difficulty of getting access to coronavirus tests on a conference call with President Trump and other governors. “Literally,…

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A new mechanism triggering cell death and inflammation: A left turn that kills

Z-form nucleic acids are double-stranded DNA and RNA molecules with an unusual left-handed double helix structure, as opposed to the classical right-handed Watson-Crick double helix. Z-nucleic acids were discovered more than 40 years ago, but their biological function has remained poorly understood. The group of Professor Manolis Pasparakis at the CECAD Cluster of Excellence in…

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New UC Davis research suggests parents should limit screen media for preschoolers

New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children’s use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics this week. Over a two-and-a-half-year period, researchers assessed 56…

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