Patagonia, Adorned in Autumn

I was awakened in the predawn hours by a raging downpour. Cold, howling winds were coming off the lake, and the screen door to our half-domed shelter was flapping violently. Huddled with a few other hikers, I quickly realized the value of our lodging’s design: It’s one of the few structures that can withstand the…

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Living With O.C.D. in a Pandemic

When they see that no illness has resulted from viewing the tissue, the therapy can progress to a more provocative exposure, like touching the tissue, and so forth, until they overcome their unrealistic fear of contamination. For especially fearful patients, this therapeutic approach is often combined with a medication that counters depression or anxiety. One…

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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Surgical procedures performed with the aid of a robot is sometimes marketed as the “best” form of surgery. But a recent review of 50 randomized controlled trials, testing robot-assisted surgeries against conventional methods for abdominal or pelvic procedures, suggests that while there may be some benefits to robotic surgery, any advantages over other approaches are…

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Arts and Commerce

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — “My studio out here isn’t quite as set up for photography as my place in the city,” the artist Cindy Sherman said before the 90th-anniversary gala for Guild Hall. The multidisciplinary arts institution in East Hampton is where a newbie painter named Jackson Pollock once showed his radical drip paintings, and…

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