Stuck at Home, Men in Japan Learn to Help. Will It Last?

TOKYO — Susumu Kataoka was just looking for a diversion from long days sheltering at home with his family during the coronavirus outbreak. He grabbed his drone and took it for a spin around their Tokyo house, snapping some pictures and posting them on Facebook. His wife, Aki, was not amused. If he had time…

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The Best Graduation Gifts in 2020

The class of 2020 is graduating into an off-kilter world. Ceremonies are canceled and it’s not safe to throw an in-person party. But graduates are still celebrating. And gifts are still in order, though in interviews many graduates acknowledged the country’s economic problems, and did not want to create a stress or burden on their…

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New technology conceived at UniTrento supports COVID-19 testing within seconds

The knowhow from the world’s top experts in lung ultrasound were collected and organized in the software application. Their expertise is now quickly available to the medical community, in a functional way, free of charge, just a few clicks away. You just have to load the patient’s scans and the software automatically compares them with…

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Coronavirus, Slaughterhouses and Americans’ Love of Meat

In the hierarchy of essential things in America, it appears, cheeseburgers rank near the top. The president’s recent declaration that meatpacking plants are “critical infrastructure” and meat is “essential” under the Defense Production Act speaks volumes about this country’s attachment to an abundant supply of beef and pork even amid a pandemic. That President Trump…

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What We Know About Your Chances of Catching the Virus Outdoors

The warmer weather across the country calls to mind carefree summers — picnics in the park, swimming at the beach, fireworks on the Fourth. But nothing feels carefree now. As states move to relax restrictions intended to fight the coronavirus pandemic, even the simplest outdoor activities seem fraught with a thousand questions and calculations. Is…

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‘Credible Threats’ to Kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Lead to Charges, Police Say

A Detroit man has been charged with threatening to kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and the state attorney general, Dana Nessel, prosecutors said on Friday. The man, Robert S. Tesh, 32, was charged with false report of threat of terrorism, a felony. Mr. Tesh relayed what prosecutors called “credible threats” to an acquaintance, using…

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Learn Guitar with Laura Marling

Despite performing for more than a decade, and having seven solo albums to her name, the British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling insists she’s not a natural entertainer. She calls herself the “subtle event” rather than the life of the party. Accordingly, instead of serenading her fans with concerts from her home in London, she has…

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6 Fashion Lessons We Learned From the Judges on ‘Making the Cut’

If you’re looking for your next binge-watch (and aren’t we all?), add Amazon Prime’s show, Making the Cut to the list. It premiered at the end of March, and the entire first season is now available to stream. If you’re a fan of fashion-competition shows dotted with occasional drama and snarky comments, you’ll whip through…

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What Does ‘Wife’ Mean for Queer Women?

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. The actress Samira Wiley was on the set of “Orange Is the New Black” in December 2012 when she met Lauren Morelli, a writer on the show. They both quickly developed feelings for…

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Watching the Pandemic Steal Intimate Moments From Teenagers

On a day when my 17-year-old son can’t seem to summon the strength to wake up, I worry he’s coming down with the coronavirus or that he’s slipped into a deep depression. But he tells me that his partner, who is 19 and uses “they/them” pronouns, is moving into the nursing home where they work.…

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