Coronavirus Upends College Admissions Tests, Creating Chaos for Students

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBetween coronavirus concerns and wildfires in the West, many ACT tests were postponed last weekend.Credit…Eric Thayer for The New York Times The virus and wildfires stopped many students from taking the ACT Saturday. The same may happen with the SAT this week. After a spring and summer when most…

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For Young People’s Sexual Health, the Pandemic Changes the Game

Experts in adolescent sexual health are concerned that the coronavirus pandemic will have serious effects on the sexual health and social behavior of young people. “I would start from the fact that our young people are not OK,” said Laura Lindberg, a researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, who was the lead author of an article…

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Gold Coast Estate for Sale

Less than 25 miles from Manhattan and near the Long Island Expressway, fieldstone walls edge the entrance of a 108-acre estate. A relic of a bygone era, it is among the last king-size Gold Coast estates on Long Island’s North Shore. “‘Groton Place’ is a vanishing breed,” said Meredyth Hull Smith, an associate broker with…

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A Canadian Dream House That Took Three Architects to Build

When you build a home from the ground up, there’s one thing that’s more important than the concrete, the lumber, the steel or nearly anything else: patience. For Jack and Araxi Evrensel, that became abundantly clear when they began start-and-stop work on a house that clings to a steep slope of granite at the edge…

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The Cradle of Global Bagel Baking? (It’s Not New York)

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Beth George was sitting in her kitchen when her cellphone chimed with an email. “I have visited New York a couple of times, and every time I return I end up dearly missing the bagels there,” the message said. “The taste is extraordinary. I would really like to open a shop…

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Pandemic Baking Just Got Weirder

Back in March, when isolation and homebound boredom were novelties, many Americans fashioned themselves into folksy sourdough bakers. Come June, making bread loaves, cookies and cakes took on new urgency, as professionals banded together to raise funds for organizations that support and defend Black lives. All the while, many artists and amateur bakers had been…

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Find Yourself a Tailor. It’s Not Fancy, It’s Freeing.

Often when I tell someone about my tailoring habit — say, by referring in an offhand way to “my tailor” — I can see they are surprised. This is a fair and appropriate reaction. A woman who goes regularly to a tailor, who indeed goes often enough to have a tailor, is the sort of…

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Healing the Whole Family

The night I submitted my college applications, I lay in bed and stared out my window for hours. I prayed to the moon that I would die soon. On paper, I looked perfect (at least to the adults who told me so): a perfect SAT score in one try, three perfect SAT II subject tests,…

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Silk offers homemade solution for COVID-19 prevention

With personal protective equipment still in short supply, researchers at the University of Cincinnati examined what common household fabrics might work best as a face covering. Next to a single-use N95 respirator or surgical mask, UC found the best alternative could be made by a hungry little caterpillar. Silk face masks are comfortable, breathable and…

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Herd immunity an impractical strategy, study finds

Achieving herd immunity to COVID-19 is an impractical public health strategy, according to a new model developed by University of Georgia scientists. The study recently appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Controlling COVID-19 has presented public health policymakers with a conundrum: How to prevent overwhelming their health care infrastructure, while avoiding major…

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