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CORRECTION: Six Alternatives That Let You Avoid the Masses
Day-trippers, cruise ships, home-sharing, cheap airlines: They all contribute to tourism saturation in European hot spots. But there are quieter options, if you know where to look. Here are places that offer shelter from the crowds. Instead of Barce
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How to, Maybe, Be Less Indecisive (or Not)
Should you order tacos or tikka masala? Stay at the hotel with the free breakfast or the one with all the succulents? Melt into the couch or drag yourself to happy hour? If you’re like me, even the simplest decisions can make your pulse race. And wh
The New York Times9 min read
Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want?
Slack is coming for your job. The workplace chat company, valued at more than $7 billion at the time of its last funding round, is going public this week. It claims to already have more than 10 million daily users and, in its listing prospectus, bill
The New York Times4 min read
An Idea for Hollywood Has Few Adopters
The term “inclusion rider” took Hollywood by storm after Frances McDormand introduced it in her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech. McDormand, the newly crowned best actress, had impeccable timing. The industry, brought low by #MeToo scandals, was scrambli
The New York Times3 min read
How Libra Would Work for You
Facebook and a consortium of 27 partners on Tuesday unveiled Libra, a new cryptocurrency. Their goal? To create a new global money and the foundation for a fresh universe of financial services. That’s a grandiose vision, but what exactly will happen
The New York Times5 min read
How to Organize Your Messy Contacts List
When was the last time you memorized a phone number? Thanks to smartphones and the internet, you can stuff hundreds of numbers and email and mailing addresses into your pocket without a second thought. But those contacts can get disorganized over tim
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'The Hunger Games' Prequel Is in the Works
(Book News) Four years ago, author Suzanne Collins wrote an emotional letter to mark the conclusion of her blockbuster “Hunger Games” trilogy. “Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands,” she wrote of leaving behind h
The New York Times7 min readSociety
Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between
(Science Times) At a time when the failure to immunize children is driving the biggest measles outbreak in decades, a little-known database offers one way to gauge the safety of vaccines. Over roughly the past dozen years in the United States, people
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Getting a Good Night's Sleep Without Drugs
Alternatives to prescription drugs for insomnia offer better, safer and more long-lasting solutions, experts say. Shakespeare wisely recognized that sleep “knits up the ravell’d sleave of care” and relieves life’s physical and emotional pains. Alas,
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Way Back, When Bagels Were Tiny
(Science Times) ; (Trilobites) Researchers exploring an archaeological site in Austria have found three pieces of 3,000-year-old charred bread that look suspiciously like the remains of little bagels. They are not complete rings — only parts of what
The New York Times4 min read
Can Marijuana Help Cure the Opioid Crisis?
The idea that legal cannabis can help address the opioid crisis has generated much hope and enthusiasm. Opioid misuse has declined in recent years at the same time that cannabis use has been increasing, with many states liberalizing marijuana laws. B
The New York Times9 min read
How To Have A High-End Vacation For Less
Why pay top dollar for a luxury vacation when it’s possible to have it for less? A high-end trip without a premium price tag is possible anywhere in the world, but your approach needs to be tailored to your destination. Here, locals in five famously
The New York Times3 min read
You Know Frida Kahlo's Face. Now You Can (Probably) Hear Her Voice.
Frida Kahlo is one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists. Her paintings, particularly her many self-portraits, are instantly recognizable, and her image has been emblazoned on products as diverse as coasters, cosmetics, T-shirts, tote bags an
The New York Times6 min readSociety
Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance
As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Washington, fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions fro
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No Longer All Sweetness and Light
Zendaya jumps from Disney to drug binges in HBO’s graphic “Euphoria.” In an interview, the longtime Disney Channel star discusses her “scary” move into explicit, provocative television.
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Naomi Wolf's Publisher Delays Release of Her Book
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is postponing the publication of Naomi Wolf’s forthcoming book “Outrages” after questions have been raised about the accuracy of her research. The book, which explores how 19th-century British laws gave the government new wa
The New York Times6 min read
How to Protect Your DNA Data Before and After Taking an at-Home Test
Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in some cases, information about what diseases you’re most susceptible to. They also ask for a lot of trust with your DNA informa
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Have App, Will Travel Like a Local ... Hopefully
While on their honeymoon in Hoi An in central Vietnam last month, Sharadhi Gadagkar and Kunal Patel didn’t bother a hotel concierge with questions about things to do. Instead, the couple signed up for their first Airbnb experience, a tour organized b
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The Making of a YouTube Radical
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter. “I bought it the day after I got death threats,” he said. The threats, Cain explained, came from right-
The New York Times5 min readPsychology
Becoming a Digital Grandparent
When it comes to warnings about limiting kids’ screen time, grandparents are, well, grandfathered in. Emerging from a theater on a recent Sunday, I turned on my phone and found a flurry of texts from my daughter. My 2-year-old granddaughter had just
The New York Times5 min read
Why Women, but Not Men, Are Judged for a Messy House
Even in 2019, messy men are given a pass and messy women are unforgiven. Three recently published studies confirm what many women instinctively know: Housework is still considered women’s work — especially for women who are living with men. Women do
The New York Times4 min read
Recordings by Elton John, Nirvana and Thousands More Lost in Fire
Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood. At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park’s “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works. Bu
The New York Times4 min read
How Many Steps Are Enough?
For older women, walking as few as 4,500 steps a day reduced mortality compared with those who took only 2,700 steps a day. How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that t
The New York Times6 min read
Scientists Find New Clue to Native Americans' Ancestors
A skeleton in Siberia nearly 10,000 years old has yielded DNA that reveals a striking kinship to living Native Americans, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in the journal Nature, provides an important new clue to the migrations th
The New York Times3 min read
Curbing Our Contempt
A call to transcend our political divisions. Arthur C. Brooks, in “Love Your Enemies,” offers advice on how to restore civility to American politics.
The New York Times5 min read
Feeling Bad When Life Is Good
Two new books examine the politics of meaning and the politics of fear. “The Right Side of History,” by Ben Shapiro, and “Clear and Present Safety,” by Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko, declare current pessimism is totally overblown.
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Dolly Parton on Dollywood
Dolly Parton, dressed in a sequined lilac pantsuit with black piping and matching butterfly wings, stood on an outdoor stage on a recent Friday morning. Behind her was a 52-foot sculpture of a “Wildwood Tree,” with 620 acrylic butterflies. She was co
The New York Times5 min read
For the Elderly, Complex Surgery Often Doesn't End Well
People older than 65 represent about 16% of the U.S. population, but account for 40% of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals — and probably more than half of all surgical procedures. Those proportions are likely to increase as the population ages
The New York Times6 min read
Lessons on Living From My 106-Year-Old Aunt Doris
My Aunt Doris recently passed away, exactly two weeks before her birthday. She would have been 107. I have been involved in health care for my entire professional life, as a hospital executive, consultant and professor of health care management. But
The New York Times4 min readSociety
The Age of the Internet 'Wife Guy'
Two years ago, Robbie Tripp Instagrammed his wife. He posted a photograph of the pair embracing in swimwear in Miami and wrote, “I love this woman and her curvy body.” Then he detailed his journey toward feminism and body positivity, and his transfor
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