Fear and Face Masks on the Front Row

PARIS — Uniformed men greeted guests at the Dries Van Noten show on Wednesday to offer disposable face masks — if anyone so desired — and big tubs of hand sanitizer (ditto). The coronavirus has its own accessories. Some attendees took advantage, even though everyone had just come from Kenzo, a show held in a…

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Most Coronavirus Cases Are Mild. That’s Good and Bad News.

HONG KONG — As a dangerous new coronavirus has ravaged China and spread throughout the rest of the world, the outbreak’s toll has sown fear and anxiety. Nearly 3,000 deaths. More than 81,000 cases. Six continents infected. But government officials and medical experts, in their warnings about the epidemic, have also sounded a note of…

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How to Keep Your Proposal a Surprise (Hint: Ditch the Box)

When Steve Zimmermann, 39, thought about proposing to Kailey Smith, 37, the Toronto native wanted everything to be set up perfectly, and most importantly it had to be a surprise. The couple, who met while they were working at Homeguard Funding, an independent mortgage brokerage firm in Newmarket, Ontario, were engaged at the Ladies Pavilion…

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36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

The adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, the South Island’s magnetic mountain resort, thrives on adrenaline. Site of the first commercial bungee-jumping operation — established in 1988 over the Kawarau River — Queenstown is the place to test your courage by jumping off, flying over or skimming above things. During the winter (June through September),…

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Alaska Tourism Officials See an Opportunity in Coronavirus

As cases of the coronavirus continue to multiply in China, and concerns about the disease have led travelers to cancel upcoming trips to other Asian countries, tourism officials in Alaska see an opportunity. Officials with Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Visit Anchorage, the tourism marketing organization for Alaska’s largest city, have begun…

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Is it OK to Call Someone ‘Tiger’ at Work? Rowwwr!

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Capital Punisher I work at a nonprofit, where we are passionate about our jobs. Execs recently hired a new head of human resources. Her first act: Change the…

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Raising a Glass to Chronic Disease

Bunched on the kitchen counter, the bananas glowered. “Eat me, drink me, suck my juices,” they taunted, like the tempting fruit in Christina Rossetti’s kinky poem “Goblin Market.” I was flummoxed since I loathe the mushy texture of bananas. (Sorry, Chiquita!) But how else could I ingest more of the magnesium I need in order…

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When the Police Stop a Teenager With Special Needs

A man in his mid-20s regularly roams the streets of my small town in the middle of the night. He looks angry and doesn’t communicate clearly. Not everyone living in the area knows him. But the police do. “His father reached out to us,” said Sgt. Adrian Acevedo of the South Orange, N.J., police department,…

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Newly identified cellular trash removal program helps create new neurons

MADISON — New research by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists reveals how a cellular filament helps neural stem cells clear damaged and clumped proteins, an important step in eventually producing new neurons. The work provides a new cellular target for interventions that could boost neuron production when it’s needed most, such as after brain injuries. And…

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Could new discovery play a role in diagnosing Alzheimer’s earlier?

Scientists have detected that a previously overlooked gene behavior could potentially lead to a new way to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier. Published in the journal Epigenetics, an international research team’s findings — discovered in mice and confirmed in human samples — suggest that the gene Presenilin1 (PSEN1) should be monitored as a ‘biomarker’: to see what…

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