Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by telling users if it is unsafe to mix certain chemicals. The Centers for…

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China Silences Critics Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up…

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Smokers Should Quit at Least 4 Weeks Before Surgery, W.H.O. says

It goes without saying that cigarettes and surgery are not a winning combination. Scores of studies have shown that patients who use tobacco have poorer post-surgical outcomes. But many doctors give smokers conflicting advice on the ideal length of time they should go cold turkey before their operations. A new report released this week by…

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Kaia Gerber Created a 90s-Inspired Shoe Collection With Jimmy Choo

Kaia Gerber was just a few years shy from being a 90s baby, but with one of the biggest supermodels of 80s and 90s as her mother and a signature style of oversized sharp-shoulder blazers, high-waisted mom jeans, and crop tops, fashion’s it-girl has been doing her homework. Now, Kaia is adding another feat to…

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A Party Spot Opens Near Chinatown

Omar’s La Boîte Lower East Side Omar Hernandez, the restaurateur and night life spirit animal, has set his sights on the Lower East Side. After making a name for himself in Miami, Mr. Hernandez arrived in Greenwich Village in 2013 and opened Omar’s La Ranita, a private supper club that had a brief but storied…

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Modern Love Podcast: Jessalyn Gilsig Reads ‘My Secret Left Me Unable to Help’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Can a parent’s transgression be forgiven if well-intentioned? Joyce Maynard poses that question in “My Secret Left Me Unable to Help,” her 2009 essay describing her decision to invade her adult daughter’s privacy in an effort…

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How to Throw a Dinner Party Like a Gallerist

“It was love at first sight,” said the writer Sarah Thornton, of meeting the gallerist Jessica Silverman at an art fair in London nine years ago. “Her stand was so confidently curated.” Now happily partnered, they live in an eighth-floor apartment in San Francisco’s historic Nob Hill neighborhood — facing Grace Cathedral’s stained-glass rosette windows…

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Laura Linney Feels the Love at Her Broadway Opening

Fans of Laura Linney were raving about her, even before they saw her opening night performance of “My Name is Lucy Barton” last Wednesday. “She’s a great actress, I love her,” said Brenda Vaccaro during arrivals at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in Times Square. “I met her a long time ago, and I remember…

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Maison Margiela’s Tabi Boot and Reebok’s Instapump Fury Had a Baby

The iconic «bloody» red soles are to Christian Louboutin what the split-toe Tabi is to Maison Margiela. The latter of which has morphed into a bevy of silhouettes since it first debuted in 1988, but the controversial style lives on. Today, Maison Margiela debuted an updated version of the Tabi silhouette, this time for sneakerheads.…

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We Are All Storefronts Now

Around 10 years ago to the day, I wrote my first column as the Critical Shopper. In that time, I’ve written about more than 150 stores, spanning luxury outposts and discount retailers, malls and pocket-size shops, decades-old spots and places that quickly vanished. But I’ve never written about the one I’m most familiar with. That…

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