What’s Happening to the Monarch Butterfly Population?

Western monarch butterflies spend their winters in Pismo Beach and other sites on the central California coast. A few months later, they breed in the Central Valley and as far north and east as Idaho. But where they go in between remains an open question. Now, a group of researchers wants the public’s help to…

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Can’t Get Tested for Covid-19? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

Scientists around the world were waiting at their computers in early January when China released the coronavirus genetic code, the blueprint for creating tests and vaccines. Within days, labs from Hong Kong to Berlin had designed tests and shared their research with others. Within about two weeks, Australia had its own tests, and even citizens…

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Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

Scientists around the world were waiting at their computers in early January when China released the coronavirus genetic code, the blueprint for creating tests and vaccines. Within days, labs from Hong Kong to Berlin had designed tests and shared their research with others. Within about two weeks, Australia had its own tests, and even citizens…

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Coronavirus May Keep California’s Nursing Students From Graduating

For Sharon Goldfarb, a nurse educator in California, crisis care is second nature: She worked at a Harlem H.I.V. clinic during the AIDS epidemic, at ground zero after Sept. 11 and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. When the coronavirus outbreak began to spread, she was ready to prepare her 85 nursing students for front-line…

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As Economy Is Upended, Marie Kondo Drops a Workplace Book

Marie Kondo, the tidying expert and best-selling author, has a new book, “Joy at Work,” that takes her trademarked method to the workplace and encourages readers to find joy there by cleaning their desks, among other things. Of course, the terrible joke right now is that the coronavirus is the new KonMari, having scoured most…

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How to Have a Successful Virtual Happy Hour

This past Monday, on a whim, Jackie Summers, a liquor-brand owner, put out a call on Twitter for people to join him for a virtual cocktail hour. Since many of his friends in the hospitality industry were suddenly out of work, he felt that this was the perfect way to encourage social distancing while giving…

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The Most Crucial Tools for WFH: Kindness, and a Piece of Tape

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. Working My Last Nerve From Home Everyone in my house of four (me, my partner, plus two roommates who are siblings) is practicing social distancing and working from…

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Parenting by FaceTime in Coronavirus Quarantine

The saccharine melodies of Kidz Bop play on repeat, alternating with the “Frozen II” soundtrack. My two children, who are 7 and 4, run around our Manhattan apartment, showing the typical strains of stir-craziness from endless hours at home: “He hit me!” “That’s mine!” “Why do I have to take a bath?” They do online…

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How Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Spends Her Sundays

In 1985, Marie-Chantal Miller was a sophisticated high school student who had just started interning with Andy Warhol, when a family friend introduced her to Prince Pavlos of Greece. Ten years later, they married. She became Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. Although the Greek Monarchy officially ended in the 1970s, the couple kept their titles,…

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