A Colonial-Era Cemetery Resurfaces in Philadelphia

In June 2017 Kimberlee Moran, a forensic scientist at Rutgers University-Camden, stood in a pit at a construction site in downtown Philadelphia, just across from the Betsy Ross House. The walls of the pit were shored up by diagonal pillars of dirt. They bristled with coffin wood — and human bones. But what she couldn’t…

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Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks

Pot brownies and other cannabis “edibles” like gummy bears that are sold online and where marijuana is legal may seem like harmless fun, but new research indicates that edibles may be more potent and potentially more dangerous than pot that is smoked or vaped. The new study analyzed thousands of cannabis-triggered emergency room visits in…

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Damon Young on the ‘Absurdity’ of Being Black

“Some people have hives for entertainers. I have hives for food,” Damon Young, the editor in chief of the pop culture criticism website Very Smart Brothas, said during a recent interview. He listed the hives he belongs to: Bacon hive. Pancake hive. Brussels sprouts hive. Crab cake hive. This sort of associative humor is typical…

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Women at Breast Implant Hearing Call for Disclosure of Safety Risks

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Women with illnesses linked to breast implants challenged plastic surgeons, regulators and implant makers, saying risks of the devices have not been fully disclosed, at an emotionally charged meeting on Monday before a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration. The women called for more information to be disclosed…

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Heal Me With Plants

On a recent chilly Wednesday, Lori Bloomberg, a horticultural therapist with NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation center in Manhattan, pushed a cart filled with bright green foliage down the hospital’s hallways, past a row of wheelchairs and into the room of two patients, who were sitting propped up in their beds. Today’s activity: arranging bamboo stalks…

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Unbuttoned: Is Apple Saying Goodbye to Fashion?

A sudden, striking influx of glamorous non-techies at a tech hub in California. Grumbles about NDAs. Excited, surreptitious glances. Gossip about disruption. A drumroll for a hitherto hush-hush, industry-upsetting announcement. Sound familiar? This is not a description of what is happening today at the Apple event in Cupertino, as the company unveils its new video…

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Matter: Why Would an Animal Trade One Body for Another?

As a child growing up in the Netherlands, Hanna ten Brink spent many days lingering by a pond in her family’s garden, fascinated by metamorphosis. Tadpoles hatched from eggs in the pond and swam about, sucking tiny particles of food into their mouths. After a few weeks, the tadpoles lost their tails, sprouted legs and…

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