Celebrating Apart, Together

Good morning. There’ll be no April Fools’ tomfoolery today, not with so much of the nation locked down and so many sick, or worried. Spring’s sprung and the daffodils are coming up, but it’s hard to think of rebirth or practical joking right now, when so many are self-isolated and wondering what tomorrow will bring…

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The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World

How many times have you seen the image? It looms behind newscasters during evening updates, gets handed out on printed fliers and scrolls by in tweet after tweet. It might even show up in your dreams. But for Alissa Eckert — a medical illustrator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who helped to…

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A Pajama Designer’s Easy but Unexpected Egg Dish

In One Good Meal, we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery met in 2011, when she was 19 and he was 23, while skiing…

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Stuck Inside? Keep Walking

Taking an extra 4,000 steps a day might reduce our risk of dying prematurely, even if those steps are not swift, according to a large-scale new study of moving and mortality. At a time when so many of us are confined to home and worried about whether we are being active enough, the study is…

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Covid-19 Changed How the World Does Science, Together

Using flag-draped memes and military terminology, the Trump administration and its Chinese counterparts have cast coronavirus research as national imperatives, sparking talk of a biotech arms race. The world’s scientists, for the most part, have responded with a collective eye roll. “Absolutely ridiculous,” said Jonathan Heeney, a Cambridge University researcher working on a coronavirus vaccine.…

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They Made New Lives in the U.S. The Coronavirus Sent Them Fleeing.

SYDNEY, Australia — As countries began sealing their borders against the coronavirus and airlines rapidly slashed flights, Isabel Lo, who is due to give birth in July, had a decision to make: rely on the American health care system or leave her husband to fly home to Australia. Ms. Lo, a Chinese-Australian who until last…

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Is It Time for Americans to Embrace the Bidet?

In recent weeks, as the coronavirus has tightened restrictions on public and private life, Americans have been hoarding toilet paper, their shopping carts piled high, as supplies were quickly depleted: the shelves, and sometimes whole aisles, bare. What we buy in times of crisis says a lot about who we are. “The pasta shelves are…

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Some Pregnant Women Who Can Afford to Are Fleeing New York City

The plane leaving New York was nearly empty. Ariella Tabick, one of a handful of passengers flying to Colorado on Thursday evening, was 31 weeks pregnant, and the idea of giving birth at a hospital in New York City had started to feel too risky. So Tabick, a special education kindergarten teacher, and her husband…

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Too Much Time on Your Hands? Try Rearranging the Furniture

Spend enough time in your home and you may wonder why you decorated it the way you did. Perhaps now that your kitchen island doubles as a home office, you can’t help but scrutinize the position of the dining room table or the height of the pendant lights. Even if your furniture arrangement has worked…

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