When the Cobra Bites, You’ll Be Glad Someone Sequenced Its Genome

Scientists have sequenced the genome of one of the deadliest snakes in the world, the Indian cobra, and have taken a big step toward developing new and better treatments for their bites. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that thousands of people are bitten by snakes in the United States every year,…

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The Balancing Act

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Who’s Hosting the Oscars This Year? No One

Audiences across the globe will tune in to the 92nd Oscars on Feb. 9 to see which celebrities are wearing over-the-top designer creations and to see which film will earn the top prize. But what they won’t see this year is a host. For the second consecutive year, the Academy Awards will forgo a master…

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Does talc powder cause ovarian cancer?

Does using powder in the genital area increase the risk of ovarian cancer? A new data analysis of over 250,000 women found no link, but the authors urge caution as the study may not be large enough. Some people use powder on their genitals to reduce moisture, friction, or odor. Most powder products, which some…

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Polish Pierogis, Savory and Sweet, at Pierozek in Greenpoint

It starts with butter, more than you think is necessary, that sits like an ice cap slowly melting in the pan. Next come the sliced onions, their sting dulled by fat and heat. A liberal shake of salt draws out flavor, which is then concentrated back into each wilted thread of onion. This is how…

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The Plight of Being Born Second

When our first child graduated from college, his godfathers (a gay couple) gave him a substantial monetary gift. When our second child graduated, the godfathers were going through a messy breakup and failed to acknowledge his graduation in any way. We’ve never mentioned this to the godfathers. Our second child is now about to earn…

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How We Picked the 2020 ‘Places to Go’ List

52 Places to Go in 2020 is here. Read the full list now. “Where would you go if you could go anywhere?” That was the question I posed to the members of The Times Travel desk back at the beginning of September, at our kickoff lunch for the 2020 edition of our annual 52 Places…

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Loud Fitness Classes Take a Toll on Instructors’ Voices

Coco Cohen is a triathlete. She has competed in Ironman competitions, has a black belt in karate and is a trained sword fighter. But nothing could quite prepare her for the trials of shouting at top volume all day, several days a week, to her classes at Columbus Circle Equinox health club, where she is…

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I’ll Share My Salary if You Share Yours

It was a few years into my career that I first talked to anyone about my salary, and then I couldn’t shut up about it. I negotiated my first raise after I learned that a male colleague with the same title was making significantly more than I was. As a freelancer, I often shared day…

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