Scientists present pre- and postfusion cryo-em structures of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Scientists report two new cryo-EM structures representing the pre- and postfusion conformations of the full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein, an essential viral component responsible for host cell entry and the spread of infection. These reconstructions — derived from a full-length, fully wild-type form of the S protein — demonstrate critical differences from previous cryo-EM studies…

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Anti-Asian hate crime during the COVID-19 pandemic

Under the Hate Crime Statistic Act, hate crimes are defined as «crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender and gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.» Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States has seen a surge of Asian Americans reporting racially motivated hate crimes. Earlier this month, University of Colorado Denver School…

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Vegan Ice Creams With Cheffy Flavors

A scoop of Eclipse blackberry-tarragon ice cream devised by the chef Greg Baxtrom comes topped with support for his restaurant Olmsted’s food bank, active in Brooklyn. Toasted almond thyme ice cream by Nicole Krasinski, an owner and the pastry chef at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, benefits Black Earth Farms, a Black and Indigenous…

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Danny Meyer’s Restaurants Will End Their No-Tipping Policy

One of the country’s best-known restaurateurs, Danny Meyer, announced five years ago that his Union Square Hospitality Group would gradually eliminate tipping. The group’s decision began an industrywide examination of the age-old practice, but adopting it proved complicated, especially in New York State, where laws governing tip distribution are strict. Still, especially in recent months,…

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‘Total Bellas’ Refuse to Be Knocked Out by Quarantine

When Nikki and Brie Bella, twin sisters who are also reality stars and recently retired WWE champions, found out they were both pregnant last November, they were most excited about the pizookies. While working as professional athletes, pizookies — cookies baked in a cast iron pan like a pizza, of course — were off limits.…

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New Treatment for Covid-19 Shows Promise, but Scientists Urge Caution

LONDON — A British drug company said Monday that an inhaled form of a commonly used medicine could slash the odds of Covid-19 patients becoming severely ill, a sliver of good news in the race to find treatments that was met by scientists with equal measures of caution and cheer. The drug, based on interferon…

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This Chicken Salad Comes With a Kick

The next time you get delivery or takeout, don’t throw away those condiments. Use them in your next dinner. This recipe was inspired by a chef who, according to his fiancée, mixes together takeout condiments — hoisin sauce, nuoc cham, sambal oelek, to name a few — and rubs it on pork or chicken for…

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Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

When Google and Apple announced plans in April for free software to help alert people of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, the companies promoted it as “privacy preserving” and said it would not track users’ locations. Encouraged by those guarantees, Germany, Switzerland and other countries used the code to develop national virus alert apps…

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Celebrate the Catskills in Your Kitchen

“The Catskills Farm to Table Cookbook,” a seasonal, brightly photographed survey of the area’s foods and farms, hews closely to what is produced in the region’s five counties in southern New York State. Spring brings nettles, ramps, fiddleheads, garlic scapes, pea pods and even milkweed buds to compelling recipes, like scalloped potatoes in a stinging…

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