Self-care: How the Deprivation of Ramadan Helps Care for the Spirit

For Muslims, the afterlife guides much of our spirituality. “Die before you die,” the Prophet Muhammad once said. As in: Let that ego go, divorce yourself from your earthly body, seek oneness with God and radiate kindness, humility and compassion. Rabia of Basra, a Muslim saint and Sufi mystic, (who was said to have greatly…

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Udon, Innovated for Your Pleasure

Hanon, a new udon shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was produced by the union of a Tokyo video-production company and a Japanese manufacturer of unusually thin condoms. The condoms became the subject of a series of advertisements on which the production company worked; in one of them, called “Acts of Love,” dancers in London re-enact, with…

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How Making Chocolate Is Like Mixing Cement

What do chocolate and cement have in common? More than you might think. Chocolate is made by mixing liquid and finely ground cacao beans in a device that bears more than a passing resemblance to a cement mixer. In both cases, stirring tiny granules in a fluid results in a substance with very specific properties…

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Dog Person? It May Be in Your Genes

If you like dogs, it may be in your genes. Swedish researchers used a database of 35,035 identical and fraternal twins born between 1926 and 1996. They gathered information on their dog ownership from government and kennel club registries. Identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes, are genetically more like each other than…

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Super Trendy By Far Bags Are Up to 50% Off, And They’re Selling Out Like Hotcakes

If you haven’t heard of By Far yet, you’ve definitely seen it. The sisters behind the Bulgarian brand, Valentina, Sabina and Denitsa Bumbarova, pull inspiration from everywhere and the retro-inspired accessories brand is a token in every cool girl’s style. Their croc-embossed bags are slung under the arms of the Hadid sisters; On-trend strappy sandals…

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First We Take Kamakura

Hanon, a new Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has created two new recipes for udon noodles, each a bit out of the ordinary. The lighter ones are zenryufun, or whole-wheat, made with some wheat germ and bran. Ground bamboo leaves and barley shoots are added to the dough to produce the green noodles, called sasauchi.

What’s First on the Wedding Planner? The Dentist for Some

Alexandra Butsko of Suffern, N.Y., will be a smiling bride on her wedding day, but only after her braces come off. “When I met my fiancé, I felt uncomfortable with my smile,” said Ms. Butsko, a 25-year-old hairdresser. “When he actually proposed to me, the first thing that came to mind was, ‘Oh my God,…

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Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

A study looking at the data of thousands of participants suggests that there may be a link between severe sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer. However, this link appears to be stronger in women. There may be a link between sleep apnea and cancer, and research has identified it predominantly in women. According…

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Streetwear Is Still Hot. Influencers, a Survey Says, Are Not.

Image Zani Bici at the opening of the Supreme store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2017. A new report seeks to explain the success of streetwear.CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times A new survey of a large number of streetwear enthusiasts suggests that the influence of influencers has been wildly overstated. Only a third of…

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