Miso Mellows This Chile Crisp

Over the past three or so years, chile crisps, those ruddy, fiery, oil-based chile condiments that deliver texture as well as heat, have become a pantry staple. Okazu Chili Miso was developed several years ago by Jess Mantell and Fumi Tsukamoto, who sought condiments without additives, and was originally sold in farmers’ markets. With miso…

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Some Healthy Americans Seek Coronavirus Booster Shots Before Approval

As a result, Americans across the political spectrum are relying on pieces of information, like an announcement by Israel’s Ministry of Health in July that the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against symptomatic infection — though not against serious illness — waned over time. Others have trusted their intuition, whether that means taking dangerous livestock…

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How to Learn to Walk Again

“You have to believe, ‘Today is the day I’m going to walk,’ ” says Brady Johnson, a former senior airman for the U.S. Air Force from Belvidere, Ill., who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2004 during a surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. One day, Johnson was a healthy 31-year-old training for a marathon. The next…

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How Science in India Became a ‘Political Weapon’ Under Modi

NEW DELHI — The forecast was mathematically based, government-approved and deeply, tragically wrong. In September 2020, eight months before a deadly Covid-19 second wave struck India, government-appointed scientists downplayed the possibility of a new outbreak. Previous infections and early lockdown efforts had tamed the spread, the scientists wrote in a study that was widely covered…

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