Discovery of Virus Variant in Colorado and California Alarms Scientists

“I would expect a similar trajectory” in the United States, said Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The variant probably accounts for fewer than 1 percent of cases now, he estimated, but might constitute the majority of cases by March. The variant has 23 mutations, compared with…

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Warp Speed Officials Say Covid Vaccine Distribution Is Going Too Slowly

The distribution of vaccines in the United States has gotten off to a slower-than-expected start, federal health officials acknowledged in a news conference on Wednesday, though they also voiced confidence that the pace would accelerate in the coming weeks. As of Wednesday, more than 14 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been…

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The last week of 2020.

Welcome. It’s the last week of the year, a time when many of us might normally be visiting with family and friends. This year has required some reconfiguring of holiday plans: You might be staying inside, with your usual brood or on your own; you might be working or looking for work; busy or looking…

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The Most-Read Food Stories of 2020

Decades from now, when cultural historians sift through the social media posts of 2020, they will tell the pandemic stories of savvy chefs and restaurateurs forced to pivot to meal kits, corner markets and sidewalk cafes as their industry collapsed, seemingly overnight. These historians will note the panic shopping of early March, as Americans rushed…

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U.K. Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccine From Oxford and AstraZeneca

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday became the first country to give emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, clearing the path for a cheap and easy-to-store shot that much of the world will rely on to help end the pandemic. In a departure from prevailing strategies around the…

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Saint Laurent’s New Short Film Will Transport You to Summer ’21

After a year spent surrounded by the same four walls, the latest short film from Saint Laurent is a welcome taste of a different world. On December 30, Saint Laurent unveiled Summer of ’21, a short from Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé and guided by brand creative director Anthony Vaccarello. It takes place in a grand…

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Meet Bill Butler, the Godfather of Roller Disco

When Grace Jones was strutting around Studio 54 and Donna Summer records were playing at New York clubs, Empire Rollerdrome was hitting its stride in Brooklyn. It was the end of the 1970s, disco fever was in full swing, and crowds of predominantly Black and gay Brooklynites had spent the decade dancing and skating at…

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Pierre Cardin: He Dressed Jane Jetson and Lady Gaga

1. He had the right name. The Italian-born Frenchman Pierre Cardin’s surname was perhaps the first French word that many Americans could easily pronounce. People with no inkling of how to utter designer names like Givenchy, with its suppressed “g,” and the sibilant Gallic uptick at the end of Saint Laurent (let alone the impossible…

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What Can Be Learned From Differing Rates of Suicide Among Groups

It’s a much debated connection. A recent systematic review of studies found that attending religious service is not especially protective against suicidal ideation (thinking about or planning suicide), but it does protect against suicide attempts, and possibly protects against suicide. Other types of group activities may confer a similar sense of belonging. Volunteers with caregiving…

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