For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

BEERSHEBA, Israel — A team of three Israeli scientists has pioneered a coronavirus testing procedure that they say is faster and more efficient than any now in use, testing samples in pools of as many as 48 people at once. The Israeli government plans to roll out the new method in 12 labs across the…

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Love Letter: Surviving the Distance, One Letter at a Time

When stay-at-home measures went into effect in March, some new and blossoming relationships were put on pause. Others were prematurely defined as couples hastily began to quarantine under one roof, like Patricia Liu, a rising college senior who moved in with her boyfriend of three months. Their decision to live together led to a deeper…

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The New York Cafe Where Writers Go to Work — and Eat Cake

In this series for T, the author Reggie Nadelson revisits New York institutions that have defined cool for decades, from time-honored restaurants to unsung dives. “It’s hard to think of a better example than the Hungarian Pastry Shop of what makes one love a city, a neighborhood, a place,” says the poet and writer Rachel…

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In Pandemic, More Are Paying for Direct Access to Their Doctors

When the National Basketball Association announced that it would restart its season in a “bubble” at Walt Disney World in July, Kimberly Caspare, a physical therapist, was on board from the start. She has been working inside the bubble for nearly two months, focused on the Philadelphia 76ers, who made the playoffs and extended her…

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The Simplest Noodles

Hello! And welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I’ve always been the kind of person who likes to cook when things feel out of control. My mom died when I was quite young, and the kitchen was her place, so when she died, it became my place, where I escaped to — and still do, to…

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Bean Cakes You Can Depend On

Travel-friendly food is an essential part of summer. Whether you are spending time away from home or preparing for a day trip to the park or beach, you need those simple recipes to make on the go. When the pandemic first hit this spring, some of us found ourselves buying and eating a lot of…

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Camp Shirts Are the Only Button-Ups You Need in 2020

Besides saving the USPS, there is only one thing I care about right now: camp collar shirts. Already popular on the menswear scene, the Hawaiian/cabana shirt hybrid has finally crossed over to the masses. The open collar style, known as a Cuban collar, was born from ’50s leisurewear. But in true 2020 form, it’s gotten…

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The Most Comforting Dish of All

LONDON — My father passed away last December. In his final months, he wasn’t the dad I’d known — always terrifically absorbed in anything that came up in conversation. Regardless of whom he was talking to, he would find something genuinely engrossing, an opportunity to learn a fact or communicate one. He also lost his…

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The Poundcake of Your Dreams

For a cook in the 18th century, the recipe for poundcake was obvious from its name: a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour, beaten together and baked until done. Golden-topped, rich and flavored with a splash of rosewater or dash of mace, it was the tight-crumbed grandparent of every butter cake we bake…

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For Two Art Lovers, a Picture-Perfect Scene

Dr. Simone Blaser and Vincent Houzé had only been dating for two months when a New York Times photographer snapped a photo of them in mid-embrace at Storm King Art Center, an open-air museum in Mountainville, N.Y., that features one of the country’s largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculptures. Neither can remember what warranted that…

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