In a Children’s Theater Program, Drama Over a Peanut Allergy

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. — It seemed like the perfect setting for a shy, thoughtful 10-year-old boy’s first steps on stage: a kids’ Shakespeare program that doesn’t hold auditions, guarantees everyone a substantial speaking role, emphasizes community, and excludes no one. Unless, as Mason Wicks-Lim and his mother Ali discovered, you have a life-threatening nut allergy.…

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Kiki Layne Talks Kate Spade, Hair Wraps and Red Carpet Style

Kiki Layne, breakout star of Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk, may just be getting started in her film career, but it feels like she’s already a pro. With a critically-acclaimed film under her belt, the 27-year old has quickly turned into a darling of the fashion industry and a red carpet fixture. Luxury…

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Medical News Today: 7 simple steps for heart health also prevent diabetes

New research suggests that following the American Heart Association’s guidelines for maintaining heart health can also drastically reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Exercising and healthful eating are among the «simple 7» guidelines that the AHA recommend. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are seven cardiovascular risk factors that people can…

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How To Prepare A Pre-Prom Party

You know what makes the teens all excited? The prom night. And it is not only the night because the celebration starts way earlier. A pre-prom party is a nice way to start this crazy evening. This is a nice opportunity to relax a little bit with your friends and admire each one’s outfits. From…

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Frugal Traveler: An Indian City Bursting With Action

Image Celebrations for a movie opening outside the Woodlands Cinema in Chennai.CreditPriyadarshini Ravichandran for The New York Times During the opening weekend of the Tamil-language movie “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam,” a hard-boiled action flick from one of India’s most popular directors, Mani Ratnam, the environment in the theater was more house party than movie screening. From…

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5 Places: Five Places to Visit in London

In Dalston, a dynamic pocket of East London, an edgy arts scene blooms amid repurposed factories, side streets sprinkled with tiny shops, tucked-away public gardens and colorful outdoor markets catering to longtime Afro-Caribbean and Turkish communities. Cool kids and chess-playing old-timers commune over thick Ethiopian espresso at Kaffa Coffee, a neighborhood institution. Fashion statements abound:…

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Phys Ed: How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

A hormone that is released during exercise may improve brain health and lessen the damage and memory loss that occur during dementia, a new study finds. The study, which was published this month in Nature Medicine, involved mice, but its findings could help to explain how, at a molecular level, exercise protects our brains and…

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Researchers create ‘shortcut’ to terpene biosynthesis in E. coli

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E. coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. coli into a factory that can produce terpenes for use in everything from cancer drugs to biofuels. Terpenes are a large class of naturally occurring…

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Just like flipping a switch — in only half a picosecond

Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a «spin flip,» was thought to occur slowly in most cases. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered spin flips happen in one half of one trillionth of a second, or…

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