What Used to Be, and What Is

My mother and I returned to her childhood apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in 2015. It had been 52 years since she moved away. She will tell you she doesn’t miss New York. She will tell you she has survived because she adapts, and that the past belongs in the past, no matter that I…

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‘Like Licking an Ashtray’: Fires’ Invisible Threat to Australia’s Wines

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia — The hills are lush and green, the grapes plump and ripe. But one bite of this famed valley’s most prized product reveals a winemaker’s worst nightmare. “It’s like licking an ashtray,” said Iain Riggs, a vintner here. “It’s really rank and bitter.” The bush fires that raged for eight months in…

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Red Space Lettuce Might Feed Red Planet Astronauts

When astronauts head for Mars, perhaps sometime in the 2030s, there is a good chance that they will be growing their own vegetables to eat along the way. In research published on Friday, researchers are reporting that lettuce grown in space is safe to eat and as nutritious as that grown on Earth. “This was…

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Music intervention and mindfulness reduces the effect of mental fatigue

Mental fatigue is a psychobiological state caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity which results in slower reaction times and attention deficits. It affects the ability to focus and impacts the capacity to make optimal decisions during a given task. Mental fatigue is often responsible for accidents in traffic or the workplace and can…

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What women really want

In the past, there has been much excitement over research that purported to show a link between changes in a woman’s cycle and how attracted she was to men behaving in different ways. However, research at the University of Göttingen using the largest sample size to date questions these results. The new research showed that…

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