Whipping Up Chocolate Mousse Is Stressful. A Blender Makes It Easy.

I was impressed by Danou, a family friend who lived next door to me in rural France, not just because she was significantly older (retired) and smoked Gauloises (one pack a day) and had two dogs (two!), but because her go-to dessert was chocolate mousse. She had a life outside the kitchen, but so much…

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Keeping Aging Muscles Fit Is Tied to Better Heart Health Later

How much muscle you have now could indicate how healthy your heart will be later, according to an interesting new study of muscle mass and cardiovascular disease. The study finds that, for men at least, entering middle age with plenty of muscle lowers the subsequent risk of developing heart disease by as much as 81…

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How to Ski European Pistes for Less

Skiing in Europe can cost a pretty penny, especially if you stay at marquee resorts. Happily, the Alps are home to hundreds of ski-centric accommodations, many with budget-friendly price tags. Here, experts offer up lesser known but equally charming destinations in Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria, with lodging suggestions and approximate nightly rates. Many are…

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Billie Eilish: Gen Z’s Outrageous Fashion Role Model

Mila Docheva faced down the camera, her contours camouflaged by an outsize hoodie raucously inscribed with neon graffiti. Her turnout, which she posted on Instagram, was a homage to her idol, the pop star Billie Eilish. “When I dress like Billie, I feel just a little bit closer to her,” Mila, 14, said through a…

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How to Deal With Grief at the Office

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. Emotional Labor Around a month and a half ago, one of my mentors passed away unexpectedly. He was a former boss of mine, but also a friend, and…

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Coronavirus Outbreak Tests World’s Dependence on China

HONG KONG — The world is quickly learning how much it depends on China. Ford and Toyota will idle some of their vast Chinese assembly plants for an extra week. Apple is rerouting supply chains. Starbucks has closed thousands of stores and is warning of a financial blow. On Wednesday, British Airways suspended all flights…

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The $20 Luxury Face Cream

Remember the heyday of high-end miracle moisturizers? Creams could promise beautiful skin via proprietary elixirs and secret blends. For a long time, luxury skin care put a big price tag on mystery — ingredients that spurred hope and wonder in a pretty jar. Well, the meaning of luxury is broader now. Products are changing because…

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My Phoneless 11-Year-Old Was Lost in Manhattan and Survived

My kids are awesome and I’m doing what I can to keep them that way. Even though nearly every kid in sixth grade has a smartphone, my husband and I have chosen to delay getting them for our daughters, who are 10 and 11. On the sixth grade circuit, this decision is about as far…

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Why Random Government Accounts Are All Over Your Timeline

“Most government agencies were like, ‘O.K., we’re doing social media, get a picture of the commissioner hard at work at their desk and post that,’” said Rob Casimir, the senior education and engagement specialist at the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. He was seated at a mahogany table, surrounded by bookcases stacked with…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Americans Evacuated from China, as Death Toll Rises

Here’s what you need to know: Scientists are racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine. ImageA health worker in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Wuhan Union Hospital on Tuesday. Wuhan, China, is the epicenter of a growing outbreak that has killed more than 100 people so far.Credit…Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua, via Associated Press Scientists are working to…

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