How to Deal With Grief at the Office

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. Emotional Labor Around a month and a half ago, one of my mentors passed away unexpectedly. He was a former boss of mine, but also a friend, and…

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Coronavirus Outbreak Tests World’s Dependence on China

HONG KONG — The world is quickly learning how much it depends on China. Ford and Toyota will idle some of their vast Chinese assembly plants for an extra week. Apple is rerouting supply chains. Starbucks has closed thousands of stores and is warning of a financial blow. On Wednesday, British Airways suspended all flights…

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The $20 Luxury Face Cream

Remember the heyday of high-end miracle moisturizers? Creams could promise beautiful skin via proprietary elixirs and secret blends. For a long time, luxury skin care put a big price tag on mystery — ingredients that spurred hope and wonder in a pretty jar. Well, the meaning of luxury is broader now. Products are changing because…

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My Phoneless 11-Year-Old Was Lost in Manhattan and Survived

My kids are awesome and I’m doing what I can to keep them that way. Even though nearly every kid in sixth grade has a smartphone, my husband and I have chosen to delay getting them for our daughters, who are 10 and 11. On the sixth grade circuit, this decision is about as far…

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Why Random Government Accounts Are All Over Your Timeline

“Most government agencies were like, ‘O.K., we’re doing social media, get a picture of the commissioner hard at work at their desk and post that,’” said Rob Casimir, the senior education and engagement specialist at the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. He was seated at a mahogany table, surrounded by bookcases stacked with…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Americans Evacuated from China, as Death Toll Rises

Here’s what you need to know: Scientists are racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine. ImageA health worker in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Wuhan Union Hospital on Tuesday. Wuhan, China, is the epicenter of a growing outbreak that has killed more than 100 people so far.Credit…Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua, via Associated Press Scientists are working to…

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How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses?

If previous outbreaks of coronavirus are any indication, the Wuhan strain that is now spreading may eventually be traced back to bats. Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, who has been working in China for 15 years studying diseases that jump from animals to people, said, “We don’t know the source yet, but there’s…

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A targeted therapy for triple negative breast cancer may lie existing drugs

Researchers identified two proteins — mutant tumor protein 53 (mtp53) and poly-ADP-Polymerase (PARP) — that are present and interacting with DNA during the replication process in patients with triple negative breast cancer. Suppressing these proteins through a combination of existing PARP-inhibiting therapies could be an effective way to interrupt the development of triple negative breast…

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Openly acknowledging social inequalities

Members of disadvantaged social groups who engage in contact with members of privileged groups are less likely to support social change toward equality, a multinational study by social psychologists at the University of Zurich shows. To reduce this effect, it is important to actively address and acknowledge inequalities in intergroup contacts. Are members of advantaged…

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