In Vintage TV Ads, a Curious Fountain of Hope (and Cheese)

At the end of yet another long day indoors, when I want to unwind, I’ll put on the commercial breaks from the 1985 American Music Awards or CBS’s May 3, 1983, broadcast of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I am transported to a magical time, full of smiling faces and hokey jingles, when you could…

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The Ending of This Louisa May Alcott Story May Disappoint You

A previously unpublished piece by Louisa May Alcott, the author best known for her novel “Little Women,” is now available in print for the first time. The piece, “Aunt Nellie’s Diary,” is one of Alcott’s earliest works. She hand-wrote it in a journal in 1849, when she was only 17. The story offers a new…

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Books Are a Great Fit for Quarantine. The Book Business, Not So Much.

During a normal week, Jordan Pavlin, the editorial director at Knopf, seldom ate at her desk. Depending on the day, she might be meeting with literary agents over lunch, catching up with an author over an after-work drink, or having a quick bite before a cocktail party for a newly released title. She still doesn’t…

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Arizona ‘Overwhelmed’ With Demand for Tests as U.S. System Shows Strain

ImageLining up for tests at a site hosted by a migrant justice organization in Phoenix on Saturday.Credit…Matt York/Associated Press People seeking drive-up coronavirus tests in Phoenix faced a three-mile-long car line last weekend. On Friday, Arizona’s largest laboratory received twice as many samples as it could process. The phone line for testing appointments at a…

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A Virus Walks Into a Bar …

Everything you love about your neighborhood bar — the ambience, the crowds, the music, the free-flowing alcohol — makes it the ideal place to catch Covid-19. Around the country, bars are becoming a common source of coronavirus outbreaks. In Louisiana, at least 100 people tested positive for the virus after visiting bars in the Tigerland…

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Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions. They’re being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. The batteryless sensors are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome monitoring during…

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New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI

Jülich/Montreal, June 25 2020 — The new German-Canadian lab HIBALL aims to create a microscopic 3D map of functional neuroanatomy at the cellular level with the help of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. The lab will be officially kicked off this Friday with a virtual satellite event at the annual Organisation of Human Brain Mapping…

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First successful delivery of mitochondria to liver cells in animals

University of Connecticut researcher Dr. George Wu recently published a paper in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology outlining his successful experiment delivering mitochondria to liver cells. This groundbreaking experiment marks the first time researchers have ever successfully introduced mitochondria into specific cells in living animals. Mitochondria generate energy from the conversion of fatty acids…

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