What Do the Paparazzi Do When the Stars Are Quarantined?

“Can I call you back in, like, 10 minutes?” asked Giles Harrison, a longtime celebrity photographer and owner of London Entertainment Group, a paparazzi collective. He was driving around the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles in his Ford Expedition when he spotted a star: Tim Robbins, on his bike, wearing a mask. Mr. Harrison…

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Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor

Humans are not the only animals that get drunk. Birds that gorge on fermented berries and sap are known to fall out of trees and crash into windows. Elk that overdo it with rotting apples get stuck in trees. Moose wasted on overripe crab apples get tangled in swing sets, hammocks and even Christmas lights.…

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A Sudden Coronavirus Surge Brought Out Singapore’s Dark Side

I remember that time when we’d beaten the pandemic. That’s what we thought, anyway, for a few weeks in late winter: That Singapore had conquered the novel coronavirus without lockdowns or widespread mask use, without even closing the schools. The first known cases came into the city with Chinese tourists in January and trickled slowly…

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Sheltering With My Boyfriend and No Booze

Just before shelter in place went into effect in New York on March 20, I unofficially moved in with my boyfriend Will Gorfein, 32. I grabbed some essentials from my Manhattan apartment — including half-empty bottles of hand sanitizer, nonperishable food and comfortable clothes — to prepare for the uncertain weeks ahead. I purposely left…

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Virus Forces Cambridge to Hold Most Classes Online Next Year

Here’s what you need to know: ImageKing’s College at Cambridge. Other universities are also backing away from in-person classes: In Canada, McGill University said it will offer most of its courses online in the fall.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times Cambridge University announces that it will hold all lectures online for the next academic year.…

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Pandemic likely to cause long-term health problems, Yale School of Public Health finds

The coronavirus pandemic’s life-altering effects are likely to result in lasting physical and mental health consequences for many people—particularly those from vulnerable populations—a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds. Assistant Professor Sarah Lowe and colleagues studied low-income women from New Orleans who were surveyed the year prior to, and at…

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Tel Aviv University-led study finds high variability is result of complex data workflows

A new Tel Aviv University-led study published on May 20 in Nature offers new evidence that the complexity of contemporary analytical methods in science contributes to the variability of research outcomes. Previous studies in the fields of psychology, cancer biology and behavioral economics revealed many failures in the attempt to reproduce methodologies and mirror results.…

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In China, quarantine improves air and prevents thousands of premature deaths

Soon after coronavirus appeared, an all-encompassing quarantine put into effect by the Chinese government slowed the spread of the disease and saved lives, but the quarantine also produced another unanticipated health benefit. A new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, finds that…

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New insight into allergies could improve diagnosis and treatment

Results from a study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, pointing to a potential marker of these conditions and a new therapeutic strategy. The research is published in Nature. Nearly one third of the world’s population suffers from allergies. These conditions are caused by…

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