Flavorful Bites in a Virtual Reality

One rainy afternoon, I floated over a galaxy of egg yolks and spiky gumball tree seeds, and plucked a fork-shaped constellation from the asteroids. In this constructed world, my hands looked red as I reached out to grasp at a small ball: a piece of real food, rendered in the digital cosmos. As I chewed,…

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China Grapples With Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness

BEIJING — For days, Li Bin had what felt like a cold, with a high fever of between 102 and 105, and he could not understand why he wasn’t getting better. After four days, he went to a hospital, and a doctor told him he had a form of viral pneumonia, without offering specifics. Mr.…

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A Food Historian Discusses Italy’s Motor Valley

Modena, and its surroundings in north-central Italy, are known as the home of balsamic vinegar and Massimo Bottura’s highly esteemed Osteria Francescana. But in some circles, the region is famous as “Motor Valley,” where high-end cars, like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and others, are manufactured. The food historian Francine Segan will discuss dining and driving…

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Wine Business Fears a Possible Disaster in Potential Trump Tariffs

Most years, January is a time for the wine trade to pause and congratulate itself. It has weathered the lucrative deluge of the holidays, and should be well into the planning for the next six months, having placed orders for the summer’s supply of rosé and whatever else it expects will be in demand. Instead,…

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Inside the Golden Globes After-Parties

Michelle Williams knows how to time an exit. Ms. Williams, who is pregnant, won her second Golden Globe on Sunday night for her performance in “Fosse/Verdon.” But she ducked out 20 minutes before the end of the ceremony, heading to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s viewing party down the hall at the Beverly Hilton hotel,…

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India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past

CHENNAI, India — Usha Prabakaran was at home, talking on the phone with a college friend, when she stopped making sense. Her speech scrambled. Her vision blurred. She dropped the receiver and fell to the floor. It was 1998 and Ms. Prabakaran, a former lawyer living in Chennai, a major city on India’s southeastern coast, had…

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A.I. Comes to the Operating Room

Brain surgeons are bringing artificial intelligence and new imaging techniques into the operating room, to diagnose tumors as accurately as pathologists, and much faster, according to a report in the journal Nature Medicine. The new approach streamlines the standard practice of analyzing tissue samples while the patient is still on the operating table, to help…

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Time to Cook

Good morning. Welcome back. It was nice there for a while, everything operating at about 60 percent capacity, like an easy drive through Berlin to Paris Bar for Champagne and fries, everyone smiling, everyone in sweaters, everyone chill. Now it’s a new year, top of the quarter, first day back and everyone’s goal-setting, performance-assessing, level-setting,…

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The Best Looks From the 2020 Golden Globes After Parties

The 2020 Golden Globes red carpet was host to several memorable looks, with celebrities turning out for a celebration of the year’s top movies and TV shows. But the real runway was undeniably the exclusive afterparties. Some stars underwent full outfit changes, while others made their stunning debuts at events from Netflix, HBO, and Warner…

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