Searching for the Ancestral Puebloans

On a cool spring day, in the bewitching crystalline light for which New Mexico is famous, I stood in the middle of the Acoma Sky City and looked out into the ocean of desert at an island of pale red and dun colored rock called Enchanted Mesa. My tour guide, Marissa Chino, a young Acoma…

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The Right Kind of Exercise May Boost Memory and Lower Dementia Risk

Being physically fit may sharpen the memory and lower our risk of dementia, even if we do not start exercising until we are middle-aged or older, according to two stirring new studies of the interplay between exercise, aging, aerobic fitness and forgetting. But both studies, while underscoring the importance of activity for brain health, also…

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Humans Shipped an Awful Cargo Across the Seas: Cancer

Humans have spread a contagious form of cancer around the world. Researchers reported on Tuesday that the cancer, which invades mussels, has spread across the Equator. Originating in one species in the Northern Hemisphere, the cancer has established itself in another species in the Southern Hemisphere. “There’s no natural explanation for how that happened without…

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When It’s Right, It’s Right

Nearly four years ago, Stefanie Joshua could easily have become a bride. “Fortunately for me, it didn’t happen,” she said. Ms. Joshua, then 40, had been proposed marriage to several times during a two-and-a-half-year relationship “that was flawed from Day 1,” as she put it. “I was one ‘yes’ away from walking down the aisle,”…

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Warren Has Her Plan. Buttigieg Suggests Another Way to Cut Health Prices.

ImagePete Buttigieg’s health care plan has gotten less attention than those of some of the other candidates.Credit…Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters One way Elizabeth Warren wants to control health care spending in the United States is simple in principle: pay doctors and hospitals significantly less. Under her version of “Medicare for all,” the government would provide health insurance…

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The Pork Chops You’ll Make Again and Again

There are precious few feelings as nice as the one that comes from falling in love with a cookbook — with its aesthetics and point of view, with its larder and stories, above all with the flavors the recipes produce. There you were, making the sort of food you’ve been making forever, cooking the beans…

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‘Extremely Evil Misconduct’: Thailand’s Palace Intrigue Spills Into View

BANGKOK — The denunciations have swirled through Thailand’s gilded palaces with the rhetorical extravagance of a Shakespearean history. The official consort to the king was accused of trying to upstage the queen and “undermining the nation,” leading to the stripping of her royal titles after less than three months on the job. A grand chamberlain…

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What are the phases of the menstrual cycle?

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Cook Like a Scullery Maid on ‘Downton Abbey’

There’s a new trophy kitchen in town, and it looks like a very old one, with hand-painted cabinets in rich colors and dull brass hardware with an antique patina. Maybe it’s the “Downton Abbey” effect: the English scullery has been buffed up, ever so slightly, and shipped to America. Downstairs is now upstairs. The Aga…

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Popeyes Sandwich Strikes a Chord for African-Americans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The videos of mind-numbing first bites and long lines, the celebratory memes and fawning reviews: The return of the Popeyes chicken sandwich on Sunday has met with the same social-media frenzy that first greeted it last summer. But embedded in many of the catchy memes and witty messages is not just…

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