The Story of America, Told Through Mark Twain’s Favorite Foods

HARTFORD — Mark Twain was a well-traveled literary superstar, so famous that his editor once journeyed to Washington to ask President Theodore Roosevelt if he would move Thanksgiving because it coincided with Twain’s birthday plans. (Twain moved his party.) But in 1879, on a book tour through Europe, he craved the simplest foods from home,…

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Tales From the Warhol Factory

Concealed behind the pasty mask, the trademark fright wig and the impassive expression Andy Warhol showed to the world was a man of roiling complexities. Depending on who does the talking, Warhol was either an emotional vampire draining vital juices from the animated nut-jobs he gathered to him or a kindly, if slightly creepy, avuncular…

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Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky. My long journey seemingly had brought me to the shoreline of interstellar space rather than the high-altitude plateau that is Chile’s Atacama Desert. It was the first night of a…

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Encounters: Michiel Huisman Isn’t Spooked by Table Tennis

The Dutch actor Michiel Huisman doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he does worship Ping-Pong. On a recent Thursday afternoon, Mr. Huisman had tip-tapped down a steep flight of stairs on East 23rd Street and into Spin New York, a neon-lit basement Ping-Pong palace with a view of the downtown 6 train. It’s around the corner…

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Medical News Today: What to know about bradypnea (slow breathing)

Bradypnea is the medical term for abnormally slow breathing. There are many possible causes of bradypnea, or bradypnoea, including cardiac problems, medications or drugs, and hormonal imbalances. In this article, we take a close look at bradypnea, including the breathing rate for it, the causes, and treatment options. What is bradypnea? A person who takes…

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Breast cancer screening: How does it truly impact survival?

In the medical world, there is an ongoing debate about the extent to which regularly screening for breast cancer actually improves a person’s chances of survival if cancer is detected. New research tries to settle that debate. Screening for breast cancer brings important benefits, new research concludes. Breast cancer is the most common type of…

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Get a Handle On Your Pots and Pans

Image Pots and pans by Great Jones. The full collection retails for $395 and includes the Dutch oven, a stainless steel stock pot, a stainless sauce pot, a stainless deep saute and a ceramic nonstick skillet. The Dutch oven, called The Dutchess, retails for $145 and comes in five colors: Blueberry, Broccoli, Earl Grey, Mustard…

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The Checkup: The War to End All Measles

Armistice Day was first celebrated in 1919, a year after the armistice that ended the long and terrible first World War, taking effect at precisely 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all those who had served, but also perhaps to acknowledge that the “war to end all…

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Personal Health: Too Much Caffeine May Stress the Heart

As my brother neared the end of a smooth, swift recovery from open-heart surgery to bypass an 80-percent blockage in his heart’s most important artery recently, he reverted to a longstanding habit of downing many cups a day of strong coffee. I objected, but he insisted that the caffeine doesn’t affect him, meaning it doesn’t…

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The Instagrammers Next Door, Plugging Brands for Peanuts (or Shampoo)

By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat smaller social media audience —…

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