Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart

These physicians include Cooley and his rival, Michael DeBakey, whose design Cooley supposedly stole. That artificial heart was an unwieldy honeydew melon-size piece of plastic that pumped blood using compressed air. Cooley’s protégé, Bud Frazier, continued the work of refining artificial hearts, eventually championing a design in which the device doesn’t pump so much as…

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What to know about rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy

Women with rheumatoid arthritis often notice changes in their symptoms during pregnancy. Many women with this condition have fewer symptoms when they are pregnant, but some may experience a flare during this period. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that primarily affects the joints, causing them to swell, stiffen, lose function, and ache. People…

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Is the Shofar … an Instrument of Technological Disruption?

Advertisement Mark Zuckerberg performed for his followers on Facebook while Marc Benioff of Salesforce (and now Time) led a live congregation in San Francisco. By Rachel Levin Sept. 17, 2018 [embedded content] Sure, it’s been around since biblical times, but suddenly the shofar is trending among Bay Area billionaires. Well, O.K., only two leading tech…

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Typical testosterone levels in males and females

The amount of testosterone a person has in their body can vary throughout their life. Levels depend on a person’s age, sex, and health. Males usually have much higher levels of testosterone in their body than females. Testosterone is a hormone known as an androgen. Although primarily known as a male sex hormone, females also…

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Front Burner: Coffee, Their Way

Advertisement Front Burner Felix Roasting Co. on Park Avenue South makes coffee from scratch, mostly. Image A hickory smoked s’mores latte at Felix Roasting Co.CreditCreditMoya McAllister for The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 The new Felix Roasting Co. coffee bar and cafe makes a strong visual statement, with custom wallpapers, intricate stone flooring and…

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Front Burner: Egg Pastas With More Oomph

Advertisement Front Burner Al Dente Pasta has added spinach and turmeric flavors in fun shapes to its lineup. Image CreditCreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 Though Al Dente Pasta is factory-made, it delivers the characteristics of fresh homemade egg pasta. That’s because the founder, Monique Deschaine, trained with Marcella Hazan, and Ms. Deschaine’s…

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Front Burner: Master the Art of Shucking Oysters

Advertisement Front Burner At Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Company in Long Island City, Queens, wannabe shuckers can learn from the professionals. Image CreditCreditStephen Speranza for The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 Properly opening oysters takes skill. Learn the technique, safely practice it and slurp the results at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Company’s location in…

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Front Burner: A Bit of Brooklyn History in Your Pocket

Advertisement Front Burner A new guidebook to the borough’s mom-and-pop food businesses is a trip down memory lane. Image CreditCreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 “Brooklyn Mom & Pop,” a smart little guide to Brooklyn, is a trip down memory lane, though the 99 throwbacks, all in business at least 30 years, are…

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Front Burner: Miss Hatch Chile Season? You Have a Second Chance

Advertisement Front Burner Kalustyan’s in Murray Hill will roast fresh chiles and sell them by the pound for one day only. Image CreditCreditSasha Maslov for The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 Fresh seasonal green chiles from Hatch, N.M., are now available at Kalustyan’s market. On Saturday afternoon, the shop will be roasting chiles for…

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Front Burner: Tequila Picks Up Mezcal’s Smoky Habit

Advertisement Front Burner A new Patrón tequila uses older, traditional methods to imbue the spirit with a distinctive smokiness. Image CreditCreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times Sept. 17, 2018 Mezcal appears to be teaching tequila a thing or two. For years, especially at the higher end, tequilas were becoming so refined that the spirit’s typical vegetal…

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