The Best Baked Beans

Good morning. With the assistance of his young student Titian, Giovanni Bellini made a painting in 1514, “The Feast of the Gods.” It’s terrific and someday maybe you’ll see it for real at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. They’re all there: Mercury, Jupiter, Cybele, Pan, Neptune, the whole gang. Everyone’s drinking wine, eating, hanging…

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7 Anti-Age Makeup Mistakes You Make

Your love of lines, dark lipsticks and glowing skin spoils the whole image. How to look great after 45 years with the right makeup? Avoid these anti-age makeup mistakes! Glowing skin Glowing skin (sometimes even too glowing) is in fashion now, but this technique can sometimes emphasize wrinkles. The way out is to use products…

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Eating in Xi’an, Where Wheat and Lamb Speak to China’s Varied Palette

Image In the city’s Muslim Quarter, meals are a celebration of globalization and ethnic diversity — and a lasting defense against erasure. A dumpling steamer outside one of the shops in the Muslim district of Xi’an in central China, where locally cultivated wheat — once foreign to the country — is now crucial in the…

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When Will the Pandemic End? And How?

Here’s what you need to know: When will this end? And how will we know? ImageA Sicilian fresco of “The Triumph of Death” from 1445. In the previous century, the Black Death killed at least a third of Europe’s population.Credit…Werner Forman/Universal Images Group, via Getty Images When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how? According…

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Doing the Bump With the Belugas

Beneath the waves, two smoldering coals for eyes watched me with an intense, unyielding stare. Pristine white bodies floated up elegantly from the depths, one after another, surrounding my kayak in the open water. Their ghostly pale faces with wide, Joker-esque smiles pushed closer. A long, powerful sound burst up through the air, like a…

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They Fled the Coronavirus. Now They’re in Scenic Limbo.

The day before Megan LeCrone, a soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, turned 36, she got an urgent call from her longtime friend and fellow soloist Harrison Ball. “If we don’t leave now, we’re not going to be able to get out,” he told her. The date was March 20, when only 17,000…

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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Even if no other good for health care emerges from the coronavirus crisis, one development — the incorporation of telemedicine into routine medical care — promises to be transformative. Using technology that already exists and devices that most people have in their homes, medical practice over the internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments,…

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Putting a Dollar Value on Life? Governments Already Do

How much money is a life worth? To many, the answer is so obvious that the question is offensive: Life is immeasurably valuable. No price is too high. During the pandemic, some economists and health experts have said there’s not necessarily a need to weigh the balance between saving lives and saving the economy —…

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Colorado Hair Salons Are Reopening, With New Rules

LOVELAND, Colo. — Last Tuesday, during the first few days that this state loosened restrictions on businesses that were temporarily closed because of the novel coronavirus, Blush Beauty Bar reopened for appointments. It was the first time that customers had been allowed inside the hair salon in 48 days, and the stylists were booked solid.…

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