Bored at Work? The Solution Involves a Small Orange Man

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. The following questions were submitted before the global health crisis — and yet the advice remains the same. Cherish Your Administrative Professionals The firm for which I work…

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A Significant, Yet Ordinary, Sunday in Chicago

By Claire Zulkey Marielle Sophia Newman and Jason Leverett had originally planned on having their March 29 wedding and reception at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, a live-music spot in the couple’s Lakeview neighborhood. “We can walk to our wedding,” said Ms. Newman, 37, a manuscript editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association, explaining…

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The Big Impact of a Small Hobby

When I would tell people that drawing saved my life, I thought I was being hyperbolic. Then the coronavirus hit. Drawing had helped me survive another very dark period of my life, earlier. Could it now be helping me to stay healthy? I know it is keeping me sane, as it did five years ago…

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What to Do if Your Watch Is Magnetized

Suddenly your wristwatch is running 10 minutes fast. Or 10 minutes slow. Or, inexplicably, it stops entirely. What happened? It could be your smartphone’s fault. At the risk of pitting your personal gadgets against one another, in a kind of crazy electronic “Toy Story” scenario, the high tech tools we have come to rely on…

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Watches for Your Ears

Watch lovers are an intensely visual bunch: Consider the more than 2.1 million images tagged #wristshot on Instagram. But the rising popularity of horology podcasts also indicates a growing appetite for informed yet casual conversation about timepieces — a hunger made all the sharper by Covid-19. “Engagement is up across all our channels because a…

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New study to identify highest risk factors for COVID-19

Scientists have launched a new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease. The COVIDENCE UK study, led by Queen Mary University of London, opens today [Friday 1 May] and aims to recruit at least 12,000 people, aged…

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Inventor of Hepatitis C cure receives prestigious University of Edinburgh prize

A medicinal chemist who found a cure for the viral disease hepatitis C has received a prestigious award from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Michael J Sofia, who devised the drug sofosbuvir, is the winner of this year’s Cameron Prize for Therapeutics. Hepatitis C is an infectious disease that primarily affects the liver. Without intervention,…

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Erika Hersch-Green wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

Erika Hersch-Green, evolutionary biologist and assistant professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate how increased nitrogen and phosphorus availability across different temperature and water regimes alters the primary productivity of some plants, while reducing the growth of others. Hersch-Green will examine how the amounts…

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