On a Nude Beach With My Parents, Baring Almost All

Our Maui travel plans hadn’t included a nude beach. The bohemian escapade happened by accident, when, after a stroll down Big Beach and nary a shell for my mother to collect, she asked which beach I liked best. I decided to be honest. “Little Beach. Quaint and clothing optional.” It was the spring of 1998,…

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The Pink-Haired Skater Hyped by Frank Ocean

Name: Evan Mock Age: 22 Hometown: Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Now Lives: In Oahu with his family and in New York City, in a two-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side that he shares with a friend. Claim to Fame: First known as a surfer and skater with a daredevil streak,…

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Love in the Time of Low Expectations

I saved the drunk voice mail from Texas, which he left during a wedding rehearsal dinner. “I miss you,” he said. “You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I’m lucky to have you in my life. Thank you. I hope to see you again soon.” For almost a year, we had been…

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Stanford researchers conduct census of cell surface proteins

Stanford scientists have completed the first global census of diverse proteins sprouting tree-like from the outer membrane of a cell. These cell surface proteins govern how cells interact with one another and how they assemble into tissues and organs such as hearts and brains. «Cell architecture is determined by cell-cell interactions, and these interactions are…

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Cell-phone-sized device that stimulates nerve in neck may prevent migraine

If your bank account balance looks nail-bitingly low and you won’t get paid for days, you might agonize over every dollar you spend. Maybe you’ll scrutinize grocery-store ads more closely than usual or brew your own coffee instead of ordering it from a barista. Migraine patients can face a similar sense of scarcity when it…

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A new stretchable battery can power wearable electronics

Electronics are showing up everywhere: on our laps, in pockets and purses and, increasingly, snuggled up against our skin or sewed into our clothing. But the adoption of wearable electronics has so far been limited by their need to derive power from bulky, rigid batteries that reduce comfort and may present safety hazards due to…

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Efforts to tackle tobacco harm explored by experts

The impact of the tobacco display ban on young people’s attitudes to smoking has been analysed by University of Stirling experts. The five-year public health study also looked at the effect of the ban on young people’s exposure to point-of-sale tobacco promotions and the likelihood of them taking up smoking — as well as the…

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The highways of our brain

Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) used a new technique to show how electrical impulses are traveling with high speed in the brain. It appears that myelin, the sheath around neurons, creates a coaxial cable producing multiple waves of electrical potentials traveling in a more complicated manner than was envisioned earlier. These findings…

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