2018: The Year in Stuff

Image A gender-agnostic handbag’s worth of the things of the year: CBD-laced skin care, tiny Doris sunglasses from Roberi & Fraud, mango cartridges for the Juul vape.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times How can we take stock of a year that brought us, and subjected us to, so much? Easy. This is late capitalism, after all.…

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Browsing: Bundle Up to Get Down

A good party requires certain conditions: low lighting, an abundance of social lubrication, a friend or two — and proper attire. Since it’s difficult to let loose when you’re chilled to the bone, your New Year’s Eve outfit should be sufficiently insulated from the winter cold. Bonus points if it’s sparkly. Image It Exists! A…

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What to Cook: Yule Log!

Good morning. I teamed up this week with the photographer Daniel Krieger to document the last days of the Red Cat, Jimmy Bradley’s terrific restaurant in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, which is closing after dinner service on Dec. 23, after 19 years. And, of course, I’m using the occasion to bring forth a couple…

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What is the secret to women’s longevity?

Women tend to live longer than men, a difference that seems to apply to female versus male individuals across the animal kingdom. Why is this the case? What gives women their longevity? Genetically, most women have two X chromosomes, and most men have one X and one Y chromosome. X chromosomes contain hundreds of protein-encoding…

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GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to Merge Consumer Health Units

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer plan to merge their consumer-health divisions in a joint venture with a product portfolio that would include an array of popular pain relievers, toothpastes, cold treatments, vitamins and dietary supplements. GlaxoSmithKline, which is based on Britain, will own 68 percent of the new entity; Pfizer, which has its headquarters in New York,…

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The Otherworldly Beauty of a Dying Sea

Image As the Dead Sea recedes, salt formations along the shore come into view. CreditTzachi Ostrovsky for The New York Times Jake Ben Zaken steered his boat along the western shore of the Dead Sea, cut the motor, and bobbed amid the white towers of salt rising out of the turquoise water. Just last year,…

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Phys Ed: How Exercise May Make Us Healthier

People who exercise have different proteins moving through their bloodstreams than people who do not, according to an interesting new study of the inner landscapes of sedentary and active people. The proteins in question affect many different aspects of our bodies, from immune response and blood-sugar levels to wound healing, so the new findings may…

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Skin Deep: This Winter, Don’t Just Sit by a Crackling Fire. Smell Like It, Too.

“I bloom indoors in the winter like a forced forsythia,” the author and naturalist Annie Dillard wrote in 1973. “I come in to come out.” Winter, as a season, is all about being inside — physically and metaphorically. It is about regrouping, hunkering down, searching internally for inspiration. Fragrance is all about bottling our deepest…

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