Lynx Numbers Are in Decline in the West

In recent years, the U.S. government has considered removing protections for the Canada lynx, which has been listed as a threatened species. But a recent study in Washington State shows the medium-size wild cat continues to be very much at risk in the Northwest. The largest-scale survey of lynx in the state relied on 650…

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A Dip for All Your Wilting Herbs

Even before the pandemic, I spent a good portion of my time working from home, which means I’m well practiced in the art of snacking more or less continuously from midafternoon until dinnertime. (Being so close to the kitchen naturally makes one very hungry.) On a good week, I’ll make a healthful, protein-packed dip for…

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Baking During Quarantine as an Act of Faith

When I started cooking, I would spend hours during the week thinking about what I wanted to make over the weekend, and then I would spend the weekend making it. Every Saturday I shopped along a stretch of Ninth Avenue around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, in Manhattan. In those years, it wasn’t the best…

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Trump Slammed the W.H.O. Over Coronavirus. He’s Not Alone.

President Trump unleashed a tirade against the World Health Organization on Tuesday, accusing it of acting too slowly to sound the alarm about the coronavirus. It was not the first time in this pandemic that the global health body has faced such criticism. Government officials, health experts and analysts have in recent weeks raised concerns…

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Many Dermatology Practices Stay Open, Ignoring Public Health Pleas

Though public health officials are urging medical practices to use virtual patient visits to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a surprising number of dermatology offices, many of them owned by private equity investment firms, remain open for in-person skin checks and other nonurgent services. Many dermatologists have closed their offices, instead examining rashes…

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Anne Bass, Arts Patron and Peerless Gardener, Dies at 78

Anne Hendricks Bass, the arts patron who helped raise the profile of ballet in the United States, harking back to an era when art was viewed as a vehicle for beauty and moral uplift, died on April 1 at her home in Manhattan. She was 78. Julian Lethbridge, her longtime partner, said the cause was…

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How Doctors Are Treating Covid-19 Patients

Emergency room doctors drenched in sweat and critical care nurses scrambling for protective equipment have quickly come to personify the heroism and tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic. Like the ash-covered firefighters of Sept. 11, we’ll remember these health care workers and their sacrifice and resilience on the front lines long after Covid-19 fades away. They…

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Coronavirus and the Cancer Patient

I miss the intimacy, and the innocence, of my visits with patients. The coronavirus pandemic, and the impending tsunami of how it will sicken us, has fundamentally altered how we think about health care. I recall fondly the carefree days of just a few weeks ago, when I casually scheduled one patient with leukemia for…

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Thanks to A.I., Machines Get a Taste for the Right Kinds of Food

This article is part of our latest Artificial Intelligence special report, which focuses on how the technology continues to evolve and affect our lives. Processing food is an intimate act. Consider the hands-on skills it takes to determine if a strawberry is ripe enough for picking, a raw turkey sliding down a conveyor belt is…

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The One Sweater I Wear To All My Zoom Meetings

My days in self-isolation go as such: Wake up and immediately check my phone in panic. (Read the slacks I’ve missed, New York Times push updates, emails from my mom portending the end of humanity as we know it.) Make coffee and refuse to turn on the news while my fiancé takes care of all…

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