domains: The Squishiest, Sweetest Sleep

He used Jell-O and cornstarch at first, but the squashy gunk, poured into a vinyl bladder, was too heavy to move. And it began to stink after a few days. Then he tried water. “Rancid Jell-O Led to First Water Bed,” a newspaper headline proclaimed at the time. It was 1967, the Summer of Love,…

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Meanwhile: How Pantone Picked ‘Living Coral’ as the 2019 ‘Color of the Year’

Image Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. You can find her via website and Instagram. More ‘Meanwhile’ Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated column about the big implications of seemingly small things. The $0.006 Object in Your Sushi Container Is Doing an Important Job It separates flavors and comes from a centuries-old Japanese tradition.…

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12 Crossbody Bags to Buy Before Your Self-Imposed No-Shop January

Your holiday shopping list may be long, but convince yourself it’s ok to indulge in something practical (for yourself of course) like a Prada bag. Loads of crossbodies, the workhorse of your wardrobe are on sale, so check out this roundup of our favorite picks ahead.

Browsing: Gifts for the Person Who’s Cooler Than You Are

Consider this our present to you, dear reader: a stress-free gift guide with plenty of special treats for all of the special women on your list — mother, sister, BFF or just that girl you keep seeing in the mirror. Image 1. A black purse that’s far from boring, this cross-body shearling pouch adds unexpected…

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Dior Taps Women Artists to Create Exclusive Lady Bags

This spring, Dior made shirts that blared «Why are there no great women artists?» The question was a quote from feminist art theorist Linda Nochlin, and though it may not be true (Frida! Georgia! Alma Thomas! Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun!), it was provocative enough to spur both Instagram snaps and clothing sales. This week as…

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Six to 8 Hours a Night May Be the Sweet Spot for Sleep

Image Getting enough sleep is healthful, but getting too much might not be. Researchers gathered health and lifestyle information, including self-reported sleep data, on 116,632 people in 21 countries. Over eight years of follow-up, they recorded 4,381 deaths and 4,365 major cardiovascular events. The study, in the European Heart Journal, found that compared with people…

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NO Regrets: Strutting the Red Carpet and Worrying About Climate Change

Michael R. Bloomberg stood on the red carpet Monday night, smiling his tight smile and rebuffing questions about whether he planned to run for president. His hearing also seemed to fail when asked if he would wed his longtime partner, Diana Taylor. “I didn’t hear that question,” he said, all three times it was asked.…

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Phys Ed: Nike Vaporfly 4% Shoe May Make Some Run Faster

The distinctive and controversial Nike Vaporfly 4% running shoe is supposed to improve running ease and speed by as much as 4 percent, as its name suggests. Two new laboratory studies of the shoes suggest that those claims are credible. The new studies, which were not funded by Nike, find that wearing the shoes makes…

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James Duke, 88, Globe-Trotting Authority on Healing Plants, Is Dead

The life-changing experience for James A. Duke came as he roamed the lush jungles of Panama in the mid-1960s, munching on the plants indigenous peoples used for food and medicine and learning firsthand about them. At the time, he was two years into his job as a botanist for the Department of Agriculture and working…

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