Trilobites: Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin

The African elephant is known for its thick, wrinkly skin. But look closer and you’ll see an intricate network of tiny crevices that makes the mighty mammal’s hide resemble cracked mud or damaged asphalt. The purpose of those cracks is no mystery. An elephant doesn’t have sweat or sebum glands, so it covers its skin…

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Eating Processed Meats Tied to Breast Cancer Risk

Image Eating processed meat is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, a review of studies found. Most experts believe that processed meats, like hot dogs, bacon, ham and salami, are a carcinogen, but the evidence for the belief has depended mainly on studies of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers. For this analysis, in…

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What to Cook: Fall’s Best Cookbooks

Finally, our colleague and pal Yotam Ottolenghi has a new cookbook, too. It’s called “Ottolenghi Simple” and contains this super-good recipe for baked rice with slow-roasted tomatoes and garlic. Maybe try that this weekend? Many, many more recipes, new and old, may be found on NYT Cooking. Take out a subscription today, if you haven’t…

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In Paris, Italians Showcase Shoes and Bags

PARIS — Where Gucci goes, many brands follow. Not just in terms of fur-lined slides but literally. When the Italian brand decided to swap its pole position in Milan Fashion Week for a show in Paris this season, lo! So did all sorts of its compatriots. Tod’s threw a breakfast at the Ritz to celebrate…

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A Public Fashion Auction Becomes a Private Archive Deal

PARIS — Call it the most exciting fashion auction that wasn’t. On Wednesday, the day after the Chanel and Louis Vuitton women’s wear shows brought the spring 2019 ready-to-wear season to an end, a sale had been scheduled for a private collection of embroideries from the historic houses of Lesage and Michonet — said to…

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Eat: A Homemade Flour Tortilla to Rival Its Corn Counterpart

One bite into my first taco at Sonoratown, a tiny taqueria in downtown Los Angeles, my eyebrows shot up. Unlike nearly every taco I’ve eaten in the past 21 years, since I relocated to Northern California, it came on a chewy, handmade flour tortilla. My favorite afternoon snack as a child in San Diego was…

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Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Closer to Medicinal Use (It’s Not Just Your Imagination)

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic drug to one day treat depression and anxiety and help people stop smoking. The suggestion to reclassify psilocybin from a Schedule I drug, with no known medical benefit,…

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Fashion Review: Louis Vuitton’s Future Shock

So there we were, sitting in a purpose-built plexi-walled tube, gazing out on two black reflecting pools from which silver and gold beams shot dramatically toward the night sky. Around us, the historic walls of the Palais du Louvre glowed ghostly in the neon light. Then — boom! The spring collections ended, and Space Force…

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Footsteps: Discovering Eugene O’Neill’s San Francisco

He was also ill. Before his stay at the Fairmont, he’d spent two months in Merritt Hospital in Oakland for appendicitis and a prostate-kidney infection. He received the Nobel Prize in his hospital bed. More concerning was the longstanding tremor in his hands, which was starting to make it difficult to steady a pen. This…

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Frugal Traveler: In Omaha, a Progressive Approach to Free Time

There’s as much to do in Omaha at night as there is during the day. A hip-hop variety night at the Reverb Lounge, hosted by D.J. Houston Alexander, was a great place to kick back with an Old Style beer ($3.50) and enjoy music by local artists. Brothers Lounge, with carpeting and a fireplace, had…

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