36 Hours in Recife (and Environs)

Many people visiting Brazil make a beeline for the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. In doing so, they fly over Brazil’s fourth largest city, and one of the most culturally fascinating regions in the country. Recife and the northeastern corner of Brazil are a world apart from Rio, São Paulo and the rest of southern…

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Tortas, Comforting and Carefully Considered, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

An implicit rule in the art of sandwich-making is that texture — lots of it — is good. A handful of chips pressed into soft bread have the power to transform a humdrum sandwich into something infinitely more engaging. With that imperative in mind, the tecolota torta at Tortas Morelos in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is…

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Kate Figes, Feminist Author on Family Life, Dies at 62

LONDON — Kate Figes, a feminist writer known for her shrewd, sisterly books about family life, among them a primer on the turmoil of new motherhood and investigations into long-term relationships and infidelity, died on Dec. 7 at her home in London. She was 62. Felicity Rubinstein, her literary agent, said the cause was cancer.…

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For a Sweet 2020, Look to the Bitter in Wine

Many good wines have a built-in defense against being consumed by children: They are inherently bitter, a flavor that children seem genetically hard-wired to abhor. Eventually, taste buds evolve. Young adults come to love many bitter flavors, whether in beer, dark chocolate, arugula, Negronis, coffee or tea. Despite the prevalence of bitter flavors in popular…

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What’s Happening to Us? A Visual History of 2019

Produced by Eve Lyons and Elizabeth Bristow Text by Choire Sicha It’s very nearly 2020, an election year in the United States, and by the look of the country on TV and in the newspapers, you’d think every day was spent in bitter acrimony over health care and environmental catastrophe, financial inequality and discussing if…

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Male Ally or Apologist?

I am a woman, and I have worked with two men for a couple of years. One of them has become a good friend and confidant to me. He and I have had numerous conversations about gender issues. So, when our other co-worker began to sexually harass me, I thought I could turn to him…

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Medical News Today: How do fruit and veg reduce colorectal cancer risk?

A study initially investigating aspirin as a preventive treatment for colorectal cancer coincidentally uncovered a mechanism that might explain how fruit and vegetables reduce the risk of developing this disease. Share on PinterestA recent study delves into flavonoids, which occur in a range of fruit and veg. Worldwide, more than 1 million people receive a…

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Scrunchies for Your Crush

Here’s the news from winter break: Scrunchies have become a desired item for junior-high schoolboys. Today’s tween girls are offering their scrunchies — the fabric-poofed hair elastics last popular in the 1980s — to their crushes. If accepted, the boy will wear it around his wrist until he finds a new scrunchie — er, crush.…

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Is a 63-Year-Old Seaplane With an Electric Engine the Future of Air Travel?

When Harbour Air’s de Havilland Beaver seaplane first lumbered into the skies in 1956, Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel” topped the charts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House, and flying icons like the Boeing 747 hadn’t yet been invented. Sixty-three years of bush flying, commuter travel and made-for-Instagram sightseeing later, the aircraft received a…

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