Your Trusty Maps App Can Help You Navigate the Pandemic

If your town is partly closed or you’re wary of travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, it might feel as if your phone’s map app is just sitting there gathering digital dust. But even if you’re not tapping Apple’s Maps or Google Maps to explore an exotic vacation spot or to belt out turn-by-turn directions on…

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When Brad Photographed Gwyneth

The relationship between photographer and subject has been fraught since long before Susan Sontag characterized it as part of the “shady commerce between art and truth” in her 1977 collection of essays On Photography. Photographers, after all, make the eye of the beholder literal, placing the subject consistently at their mercy to be idealized, stripped…

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As Summer Takes Hold, So Do the Jumping Worms

In decades of writing about gardening, I have covered outbreaks and subsequent attempts at control of many invasive pests, from the hemlock woolly adelgid to the emerald ash borer. But there’s one I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I learned of it in 2013. Coming soon to a backyard or a forest…

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Once Science Fiction, Gene Editing Is Now a Looming Reality

This article is part of a series exploring how the Americans With Disabilities Act has shaped modern life for people with disabilities. Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. Ask any expectant couple what they hope…

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Diane von Furstenberg’s Brand Is Left Exposed by the Pandemic

At the end of February, just as the coronavirus was beginning to cast its pall over Europe, an elite crowd that included the likes of Anna Wintour, Jeff Bezos and Seth Meyers gathered in the gilded 19th-century halls of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris to watch Diane von Furstenberg be awarded…

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The Lightness of Being a Couch Potato May Work to Keep Us Fat

In an interesting new study of overweight adults, those who donned a weighted garment for three weeks dropped pounds, without consciously changing their diets, moving more or otherwise altering their lives. The study, which grew out of related research with rodents, suggests that our bodies are capable of judging how much we should weigh and,…

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Partnership brings more than 20,000 COVID-19 tests to vulnerable populations in Detroit

DETROIT — A partnership among Altimetrik, a Southfield-based fast-growing global business transformation company, the 501(c)(3) Vattikuti Foundation, Henry Ford Health System and the City of Detroit has provided more than 20,000 onsite COVID-19 tests to residents in 163 of Detroit’s senior and congregate living facilities, as well as the city’s first responders and essential workers.…

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UNH researchers discover new pathways that could help treat RNA viruses

DURHAM, N.H.— Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new pathways in an RNA-based virus where inhibitors, like medical treatments, unbind. The finding could be beneficial in understanding how these inhibitors react and potentially help develop a new generation of drugs to target viruses with high death rates, like HIV-1, Zika, Ebola and…

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We are mutating SARS-CoV-2, but it is evolving back

Scientists investigating the evolution of the virus that causes Covid19 say that its mutation seems to be directed by human proteins that degrade it, but natural selection of the virus enables it to bounce back. The findings could help in the design of vaccines against the virus. All organisms mutate. You were for example born…

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