239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. If airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in…

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DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds

A stretch of DNA linked to Covid-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study. Scientists don’t yet know why this particular segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus. But the new findings, which were posted online on Friday and have not yet been published in a…

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How Infrared Images Could Be Part of Your Daily Life

Video In a post-quarantine world, heat sensors could help spot sick people with elevated temperatures as they enter public places. But it’s not that simple. July 2, 2020 Welcome to Maplewood, N.J. … in infrared. As the country reopens, you might start seeing more images like these: real-time heat maps that could find sick people,…

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Black in America, Through a Camera

It would look like an improvised family gathering, children in the foreground, elders stalwart at the rear, were it not for the masks and kaleidoscopically colorful costumes. Those are central to a group portrait by Joshua Kissi, the image captured last winter at Mardi Gras, its subjects draped in a raucous mélange of Native and…

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The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?

More than six months into the pandemic, the coronavirus has infected more than 11 million people worldwide, killing more than 525,000. But despite the increasing toll, scientists still do not have a definitive answer to one of the most fundamental questions about the virus: How deadly is it? A firm estimate could help governments predict…

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‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’

The Look At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display. Photographs by Farah Al Qasimi Text by Liana Aghajanian ImageUmuhani Abdullahi represented Kentucky in the 2019 Miss Muslimah USA pageant, whose participants must be practicing Muslim women.Credit…Farah Al Qasimi for The New York Times Last…

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How to Make the Best Paper Planes

The best things about paper airplanes are that they allow you to be creative and that paper is easily accessible. You can use any type of paper — like this newspaper. That allows you to try lots of things and see what happens — opening the door to creativity and seeing science fly. Newspaper is…

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The Unsung Heroes of Fashion, Now Mostly Unemployed

In a pre-coronavirus world, hundreds of editors, clients, stylists and celebrities would have converged on Paris this weekend, clacking over the cobblestones in their kitten heels for the couture shows. Those singular displays of fashion art — handmade clothes custom-ordered by the very few — represent equal parts creative laboratory, artisanal expertise and visual extravaganza.…

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If a Zoom Wedding Isn’t for You, Here’s How to Plan For Later

After spending the last several months canceling, downsizing and postponing weddings, event planners remain cautiously optimistic about forging ahead now that some event restrictions are being lifted. While many couples have resorted to virtual wedding celebrations on Zoom, recently engaged couples who are planning their weddings for next year are hoping to celebrate with friends…

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This Year’s Summer Campground: Our Bedrooms and Living Rooms

Children at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan are doing all the usual this summer. They are taking dance and acting classes, learning to tie knots and weaving friendship bracelets. On some days, they sing campfire songs. At Wolf Camp in rural Washington, the rhythms are also the same. Campers are still getting lessons about nature,…

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