Strongly ‘handed’ squirrels less good at learning

Squirrels that strongly favour their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests. Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, many animals favour one side of their body for certain tasks. The strength of this preference varies, with some individuals happy to use either side, while others strongly favour…

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Becoming less active and gaining weight: Downsides of becoming an adult

Leaving school and getting a job both lead to a drop in the amount of physical activity, while becoming a mother is linked to increased weight gain, conclude two reviews published today and led by researchers at the University of Cambridge. Many people tend to put on weight as they leave adolescence and move into…

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Jennifer Klein, Thomas Burrow

Jennifer Allison Klein and Thomas Joseph Burrow were married Jan. 13 at San Francisco City Hall. Sarah Oswald, who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. Mrs. Burrow, 27, is an associate specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the Palo Alto, Calif., office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the New York…

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Lauren Coward, Michael Craig

Lauren Catharine Coward and Michael Lawrence Craig were married Jan. 18 at 501 Union, an events space in Brooklyn. Pierce Kline, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated. Mrs. Craig, 29, is the e-commerce manager for Jenny Yoo, a company specializing in bridesmaid and wedding dresses in…

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Sophia Skupien, Conor O’Reilly

Sophia McLane Skupien and Conor O’Reilly were married Jan. 18 at Newman University Church in Dublin. The Rev. Patrick O’Donoghue, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony. In February, the bride, 28, will begin working as a management consultant at Deloitte in Dublin, after transferring from the firm’s Londnon office. She graduated magna cum laude…

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Ruchika Budhraja, Drew Hodel

Ruchika Budhraja and Drew John Hodel were married Jan. 19 at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif. Sujata Seth, the bride’s aunt and a Universal Life minister, officiated. Ms. Budhraja, 38, is a policy communications manager at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. She graduated from Yale. She is a daughter of Dr.…

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Mollie Vandor, Benjamin Forer

Mollie Rose Vandor and Benjamin Laurence Forer were married Jan. 18 at the Brooklyn Winery. Cantor Laura Stein officiated. Mrs. Forer, 33, is the audience product director at The New York Times, where she leads the product team responsible for reaching new readers across various search and social platforms. She graduated from University of California,…

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Emily Kaplan, David Rosenberg

Emily Alice Kaplan and David Zvi Rosenberg are to be married Jan. 19 at 99 Scott, an events space in Brooklyn. Rabbi Robert N. Levine is to officiate and lead the ceremony with Rabbi Dr. Reuven Leigh. Ms. Kaplan, 32, is a vice president and a specialist in the postwar and contemporary art department at…

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China Reports 17 New Cases of Mysterious Virus

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities on Sunday said that 17 more people had been infected with a mysterious new virus, adding to concerns about the spread of the illness ahead of China’s busiest travel season. The health commission in Wuhan, a central city, said in a statement that the infected people began showing symptoms of…

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Love in the Time of Trump: How Do You Approach Politics on Dating Apps?

Americans are watching an impeachment trial against their president unfold, just as the country prepares for the Democratic primaries and caucuses. We’re living in an era of heightened politics and divisiveness, and, for many, where you stand politically can feel as important a part of your identity as your religion or profession. Enter dating apps.…

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