Thanks to A.I., Machines Get a Taste for the Right Kinds of Food

This article is part of our latest Artificial Intelligence special report, which focuses on how the technology continues to evolve and affect our lives. Processing food is an intimate act. Consider the hands-on skills it takes to determine if a strawberry is ripe enough for picking, a raw turkey sliding down a conveyor belt is…

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The One Sweater I Wear To All My Zoom Meetings

My days in self-isolation go as such: Wake up and immediately check my phone in panic. (Read the slacks I’ve missed, New York Times push updates, emails from my mom portending the end of humanity as we know it.) Make coffee and refuse to turn on the news while my fiancé takes care of all…

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The Passover Rules Bend, if Just for One Pandemic

During the coronavirus outbreak, people have stocked up on shelf-stable items like beans, pasta and bread to sustain them through weeks of staying at home. But, in an untimely coincidence, some Jews do not eat those foods during Passover, which starts Wednesday at sundown. Many are caught in a quandary: A pandemic pantry does limit…

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You Can Adapt It All

Good morning. Passover begins this evening, and we’re in the middle of Easter week, but celebrations of rebirth and spring joyousness are going to be difficult this year, with everyone locked down and self-isolated. Still, I hope those celebrating can find ways to gather symbolically, to observe and feast in safety. (There’ll be plenty of…

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How NOT to Wear a Mask

April 8, 2020 Wearing a face mask takes some getting used to. To get the most benefit, you need to avoid these common mistakes. Almost overnight, masks in a variety of colors, styles and materials have appeared on the faces of people around us. While it’s good news that many people are doing their part…

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Feeling Down? Anxious? Hostile? A 4-Day-a-Week Exercise Regimen May Help

During these trying times, exercise could provide indispensable mental-health support for many of us, according to a timely new study. The study finds that among a generally healthy but sedentary group of adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s, working out lowers levels of depression, hostility and other negative feelings. The study also finds that…

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How We Gather Digitally Now

Easter and Passover are here. Ramadan is on the horizon. Graduations and canceled proms are ahead. What are we all supposed to do? Hello! We’re all trying to keep human gatherings meaningful in an age of isolation. You can keep up with our new podcast “Together Apart” on Apple or Spotify. Our host is Priya…

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10 Ways to Save Passover and Easter This Year

Here’s what you need to think about if you’re trying to transform your annual in-person holiday into a digital experience. It can be done! But it’s going to take some work. Welcome to “Together Apart” — you can subscribe on Apple or Spotify. How do we make gatherings meaningful when we can’t be physically together?…

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Cuomo, Fauci, Birx: The New Influencers

There is currently a petition, on change.org, to nominate Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s coronavirus medical expert, as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. By the evening of April 7, it had over 11,500 signatures. Dr. Fauci’s face, with his small wire-rim glasses…

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For H.I.V. Survivors, a Feeling of Weary Déjà Vu

Three weeks ago, a spring breaker in Miami became a symbol of Gen Z denialism when he spoke to CBS News and said that coronavirus wasn’t going to get in the way of his partying. Outrage was swift, but one person who felt a touch of recognition was Peter Staley, one of the country’s most…

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