In a Book About Trauma, She Hopes to Show What Survival Looks Like

When Fariha Róisín was 12, the idea for what would eventually become her first novel came to her in a dream. She didn’t have all the words for all that she wanted to say, but she started anyway. Now, at 30, and with a body of poetry, personal essays and other writing that has delved…

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Patients’ breathing test comes up short on accuracy, study finds

A routine test used to monitor patients’ breathing may be unreliable and putting them at risk, a study suggests. Incorrect results can mean clinical staff fail to spot how unwell a patient with respiratory problems is becoming, researchers say. This widely used method, which counts breaths over a 30-second period, fails to take account of…

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Friendly interactions with Chinese people reduced COVID-19 prejudice

People with a history of positive social interactions with Chinese people were less likely to support discriminatory anti-Chinese policies as Covid-19 reached the UK — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied how UK residents felt towards the Chinese community as Covid-19 reached our shores, and how these feelings might…

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How to Make D.I.Y. Crows for Halloween

With so much macabre folklore and superstition surrounding them, crows and ravens are popular Halloween symbols of spookiness. You can create a flock — or, more accurately, a “murder” (of crows) or an “unkindness” (of ravens) — to decorate your home with just some newspaper, wire, tape and paint. If you don’t want to work…

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript India’s Vaccine Industry Will ‘Help All Humanity,’ Modi Says In a recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said the country’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would help fight the coronavirus pandemic. [none] In a recorded address to…

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How to Keep the Peace in a School Pod

Ivi Kolasi, a parent in Berkeley, Calif., didn’t expect that forming a learning pod for her 2-year-old daughter would take so long, or be so hard. In May, she began trying to find families with children around the same age as hers, and who adhered to the same level of health precautions. By August, she…

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What to Know About Your Used Car

The pandemic has led many people to avoid public transportation in favor of walking, bicycling or driving a motorized vehicle. If the first two options aren’t practical, an automobile may be the best choice. Sales of used cars have, in particular, boomed in the last few months. If you’re among the buyers, you should have…

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How to Use the Renter’s Market to Your Advantage

There’s nothing like being stuck inside for months on end to make you notice your home’s shortcomings, and stew about how much you’re paying for each and every one of them. Especially in places like New York and San Francisco — where rents reached record highs in 2019 — it’s now hard to justify top-dollar…

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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Pop Culture Icon

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a storied life. In 1972, she became the first tenured female professor at Columbia Law School. In 1980, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. And in 1993, she became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, where she cemented…

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How to Get Focused

The average person’s mind wanders 47 percent of the time, according to a 2010 Harvard study, so nearly half the time you’re doing one thing, you’re thinking about something else. Add the 24-hour news cycle, the barrage of social media and the countless distractions for those working from their bedrooms, backyards and walk-in closets —…

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