Snout dated: Slow-evolving elephant shark offers new insights into human physiology

The mineralocortoid receptor (MR) regulates water and sodium transport throughout cells and tissues, which is critical for controlling blood pressure and so, not surprisingly, the MR is common to all vertebrate animals. Aldosterone, which is a physiological steroid for land vertebrate MRs, evolved in lungfish (forerunners of land vertebrates), suggesting that the evolution of aldosterone…

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Practical Ways to Improve Your Confidence (and Why You Should)

Self-confidence is a bit like the running water in your house. You may not know every detail about how it works or where it comes from, but it’s painfully obvious when it’s not there. Like when your water is shut off, a dearth of self-confidence has a huge negative impact on your health and lifestyle.…

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All the Looks From the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

The Met Gala was just the first of fashion’s big nights this season. This evening, the stars are all headed to the CFDA Fashion Awards in Brooklyn, where Jennifer Lopez and Barbie are among the icons being honored this year. Designers from Brandon Maxwell to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are nominated for awards, and so…

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Juliann Bluitt Foster, Trailblazer in Dentistry, Is Dead at 80

Juliann Bluitt Foster, an African-American woman, became a dentist at a time when only about 2 percent of dental school graduates were women and “maybe 2 percent of that 2 percent” were African-American, said Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, a former dean of Howard University’s dental school. Dr. Bluitt Foster made it her goal to change…

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Learning to Listen, in a Los Angeles Cafe Built for Vinyl

LOS ANGELES — At 9:30 on a recent Monday morning, I parked on East Fourth Place in the downtown arts district, between Skid Row and the Los Angeles River. I walked into a kind of glass vestibule, then opened a door into the half-light of In Sheep’s Clothing, a listening bar. I was returning for…

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James Ketchum, Who Conducted LSD Experiments on Soldiers, Dies at 87

Dr. James S. Ketchum, an Army psychiatrist who in the 1960s conducted experiments with LSD and other powerful hallucinogens using volunteer soldiers as test subjects in secret research on chemical agents that might incapacitate the minds of battlefield adversaries, died on May 27 at his home in Peoria, Ariz. He was 87. His wife, Judy…

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The 9 Best Bras for Backless Dresses, According to the Pros

NORDSTROM LINGERIE Ultra Light NuBra NORDSTROM LINGERIE nordstrom.com $40.00 All three experts agree: the Nubra is it for women with smaller busts. The adhesive bra sticks to the front, adds ample support, and leaves your back ready for the lowest of dresses. «Nubra is our favorite for a totally backless style,» says List, who would recommend this for wedding gowns that…

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New to Natural Wine? Pick Up a Zine

Natural wine, by most accounts, has roots in the 1980s, when experimental winemakers in France’s Beaujolais region, like Marcel Lapierre, were inspired by the work of Jules Chauvet, a chemist who studied low intervention viticulture. Made from organically or biodynamically farmed grapes, with little to no intervention during production, these beverages defy conventional winery practices,…

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Natural Wine Is My Self-Care

There is storytelling in natural wine’s cultivation. Each bottle has the ability to speak a language of robust flavor and punchy distinction. This is part of the mystique and appeal for me. In my Muslim upbringing, alcohol was forbidden. For many, it still is. But recently, natural wine has taken on new meaning for me:…

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