In an Era of Face Masks, We’re All a Little More Face Blind

We’re all getting used to face masks, either wearing them or figuring out who we’re looking at. They can even trip up those of us who are experts in faces. “Actually, I just had an experience today,” said Marlene Behrmann, a cognitive neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University who has spent decades studying the science of…

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A Plum Crumble That Meets You Where You Are

It’s hard to find the charm in something new when every day can bring unpleasant surprises. So maybe tonight you’re craving something reliable, something that’s soothing to make and puts those overlooked, underappreciated ingredients hiding in the back of your cabinets to use. Maybe you’ll find a box with a final brick of graham crackers…

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A Virtual Tour of Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Marcus Westberg shares a collection of images from Malawi. When I…

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Tomato Season!

I am not big on preserving. In fact, I’m not big on spending a lot of time on anything in the kitchen that doesn’t turn out to be dinner. But half-bushels of tomatoes appeared at my local farm stands this week, and that’s my prompt to empty the freezer to make room for sauce. Most…

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Helping Children With Pandemic Grief

Between travel restrictions and limits on visitors to hospitals, parents may get the news of a loved one’s death over the phone and find themselves having to tell children who may be unprepared. At the end of March, doctors in the child and adolescent psychiatry group at Oxford University, led by Alan Stein, published an…

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 6 Million

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageA medical worker performing a test at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Friday.Credit…Pete Kiehart for The New York Times Confirmed virus cases in the U.S. surpass 6 million. Twenty-two days. It took more than three months…

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Dizziness Upon Standing Can Lead to Falls and Fractures

Orthostatic hypotension — to many people those are unfamiliar words for a relatively common but often unrecognized medical problem that can have devastating consequences, especially for older adults. It refers to a brief but precipitous drop in blood pressure that causes lightheadedness or dizziness when standing up after lying down or sitting, and sometimes even…

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Aluminium in antiperspirants

This is the result of the current risk assessment by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel: «Significantly less aluminium is absorbed through skin than previously calculated on the basis of the limited data available at the time.» BfR assessed absorption via the skin, i.e. dermal absorption,…

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Study: Anonymized cell phone location data can help monitor COVID-19 growth rates

Cambridge, Mass. — In March 2020, federal officials declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. Around the same time, most states implemented stay-at-home advisories — to different degrees and at different times. Publicly available cell phone location data — anonymized at the county-level — showed marked reductions in cell phone activity at the workplace and…

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