Of David Hockney and Joni Mitchell Holding Hands

“It was a pretty quiet moment,” Jacob Sousa said this week from his job at the L.A. Louver gallery in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, where David Hockney’s solo exhibition “Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] … Continued” is on view. “There were only a couple of gallery visitors, and one…

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Trans Fat Bans May Be Good for the Heart

In 2006, New York City began restricting the amount of trans fats allowed in restaurant food. The regulation has apparently had the desired effect: lower blood levels of trans fatty acids for New Yorkers who dine out. Trans fatty acids, or TFAs, come mostly from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils like shortening or margarine. They raise…

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6 Black Chefs (and 1 Inventor) Who Changed the History of Food

He was the first to bring French fries to the United States. She helped Southern cooking gain recognition nationwide. They organized N.A.A.C.P. meetings at their barbecue restaurant as the civil rights movement gained momentum. Black chefs, cookbook authors, restaurateurs and inventors have shaped how we eat, and the culture at large. Here are just a…

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States Consider Longer School Recess, and the Adults Aren’t Complaining

Four years ago, Lucy Dathan moved to New Canaan, Conn., where she enrolled her three children in public elementary school. They met new classmates. Their teachers were attentive. But something was amiss: Recess was limited to a 20-minute break after lunch, or about half the time as at their previous school, in California. Ms. Dathan…

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Trilobites: How the Icefish Got Its Transparent Blood and See-Through Skull

The Southern Ocean around Antarctica was once warmer. Then about 30 million years ago, the temperature dropped. Few fish could survive temperatures that were just above seawater’s freezing point, and they either migrated to warmer waters or went extinct. One bottom-dweller held on. Through the power of natural selection, its descendants developed traits that let…

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Matter: These Mice Sing to One Another — Politely

High in the mountains of Central America lives a little known creature called Alston’s singing mouse. This rodent, which spends its life scuttling around the floor of the cloud forest, may not seem like it has much to tell us about ourselves. But the mouse produces remarkable songs, and researchers have discovered some profound similarities…

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Wine School: Back to the Supermarket: Looking for the Good

In our recent exploration of crowd-pleasing American red wines, I tried to sharpen the contrast between processed, mass-produced bottles, like the three we tried, and the simpler agricultural wines that are our usual focus. The experience raised a natural question: Are big-production wines necessarily mediocre at best? The answer is, of course not. I pointed…

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Wine School: The Hills Have Valtellina

If you ever doubt the value that humanity has placed on the fermented juice of the grape, take a look at the labor-intensive, death-defying challenges that people have accepted to tend vines on some of the most perilous hillsides in the world. Whether in the Mosel Valley of Germany, the Northern Rhône Valley of France…

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