Eid Mubarak!

Good morning. The robins are back on the ground now, bob-bob-bobbin’ around for worms and grubs, basically solo instead of packed tight up high in the trees, a sure sign of true spring. Folks with outdoor access are firing up their grills, everyone’s cooking asparagus, the hothouse tomatoes at the market are fat and blood-red.…

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How U.S. Epidemiologists Are Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday Life

More said masks were necessary in outdoor situations when distance couldn’t be maintained, like picnicking or hiking. A quarter said masks were always necessary then. “Think of always ensuring two of three: masks, distancing, outdoors, particularly if among nonvaccinated individuals,” said Eyal Oren, an epidemiologist at San Diego State University. When it comes to outdoor…

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Poison Ivy: What You May Not Know

It’s a Real Chameleon The adage “leaflets three, let it be” is a good start in identification. Except in rare, five-leaflet populations in Massachusetts and Texas, poison ivy’s leaflets are arranged in threes. But the plant can otherwise be so morphologically variable that it confounds all but expert observers. “Its plasticity is really crazy,” Ms.…

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How to Plan a D.I.Y. Alaska Trip

Car, bus, train or plane? Among the many modes of land transportation in Alaska, interior flights are expedient, trains are scenic, buses are a relative bargain and driving may be more economical for a group, according to travel planners. If you fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks, you’re in what’s known as the “railbelt” of Alaska,…

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