This New Liquid is Magnetic, and Mesmerizing

Lodestone, a naturally-occurring iron oxide, was the first persistently magnetic material known to humans. The Han Chinese used it for divining boards 2,200 years ago; ancient Greeks puzzled over why iron was attracted to it; and, Arab merchants placed it in bowls of water to watch the magnet point the way to Mecca. In modern…

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Uterine Fibroids and Heavy Periods

What causes uterine fibroids, and why do they (sometimes) cause unusually heavy bleeding? — Kristin Estabrook from Boston [Have a question about women’s health? Ask Dr. Gunter yourself.] Short Take Uterine fibroids, known medically as leiomyomas, are benign growths of uterine muscle. Genetics, race, hormones and previous pregnancies can all have a role in creating…

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Well, This Is Clearly Wrong

The summer day camp at our local Y.M.C.A. is in session. Recently, I saw a teenage counselor lead a line of preschool boys into the locker room to change for their swim lesson. They were like an adorable row of ducklings! Then I saw an older man — a friendly looking, grandfatherly type — take…

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Peruvian, Fortifying and Frank, at Warique in Queens

In Peru, a warique is a humble, steadfastly unsleek restaurant, where you might eat crouched on a plastic chair at a shared table, without formality or comfort, and be glad. Warique, in Jackson Heights, Queens, is more handsome and polished, with mirrors in sunburst frames and a long banquette amenable to lingering. But to Jimmy…

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The Power of Terroir in Sicily’s Volcanic White Wines

Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are…

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Upside Pizza Will Get a Smaller Sibling in Brooklyn

The way Noam Grossman sees it, he’s not just another guy selling just another New York slice. “At the end of the day, yes, it’s still a slice of pizza,” said Mr. Grossman, 28, speaking like someone who knows he’s onto something good yet doesn’t want to boast. “But out of all the slices of…

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36 Hours in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s boom-and-bust cycle has been in motion for decades now, with new casinos and restaurants sowing high hopes for revitalization, followed by mass closings, and then the whole thing happening on repeat. The key to enjoying this seaside New Jersey city, where the beach is often a secondary consideration, is to revisit old favorites…

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Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially in Western countries, primarily thanks to their reusability. But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? A new review attempts to offer some answers. A review finds that menstrual cups are safe to use, but…

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