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Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990
After three decades of ever-escalating drug overdose deaths, the tide of fatalities may have finally started to turn. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5% last year, the first drop since 1990, according to preliminary governmen
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Pharrell Williams Discovers His Inner Child in a Gun-Filled Manga World
PARIS — Pharrell Williams has found a happy place for his inner child, and it’s a manga-style fantasy in which children have taken up arms. That’s the gist of “A Call To Action,” a new exhibition the American singer, producer and entrepreneur has cur
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Born to Walk Barefoot
Shoes protect our feet, but they also alter our strides and could increase the wear on our leg joints. Wearing shoes when we walk changes how our feet interact with the ground below us, according to a novel new study in the journal Nature of shod and
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Down the Rabbit Hole With an Off-Kilter Thom Yorke
The dance in the short film for “Anima” is worthy of a singer who has long demonstrated an intuitive feel for movement.
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Chance the Rapper Really, Really Loves 'The Lion King'
The rapper discusses the 1994 film’s impact on his life and his involvement in the 2019 remake.
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The Sad Truth About Sleep-Tracking Devices and Apps
For the last two weeks, I’ve added an extra step to my bedtime routine: strapping a computer around my wrist. The new nightly move was prompted by a cascade of wearable gadgets from companies like Fitbit and Apple, which claim that their sensor-laden
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Don't Scoff at Influencers. They're Taking Over the World.
As social media expands its cultural dominance, the people who can steer the online conversation will have an upper hand.
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Baby Steps to Linking Mind and Machine
SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Lasik eye surgery. On Tuesday evening, Neuralink, a company in which Musk has invested $100 million, was expected to detail the baby ste
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Could Jack Have Fit? A 'Titanic' Question for Leonardo DiCaprio
As the frozen lovers Rose and Jack clung to a bobbing slab of timber in the icy Atlantic waters during the final moments of “Titanic,” audience members believed their love should have gone on. Jack’s body and legs dangled in the subzero waters below,
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What Janet Mock Can't Travel Without
Janet Mock was already famous for her work as a magazine editor and trans-rights activist when she added writer, director and producer to her résumé with the debut of “Pose,” a TV show about the lives of gay and trans people in New York in the late 1
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A Balkans Cycling Trip: Great Scenery! Ice-Cold Beer! And Bats and Land Mines?
My four friends and I rolled our bikes to a bar one sunny afternoon near the town of Zitomislici on the banks of the emerald green Neretva River in rural Bosnia. We stopped at Neretvansky Gusar, as the bar is called, to restock our water supply. Ther
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36 Hours in Naples, Italy
A city of glorious but tattered beauty, known for its vibrancy and, yes, a frisson of menace, Naples is now humming with visitors. In this Mediterranean capital watched over by the still-kicking Vesuvius volcano, tourist numbers have more than double
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There Is No Single, Best Policy for Drug Prices
A majority of Americans prefer greater regulation of prescription drug prices, meaning government intervention to lower them. But don’t count on a single policy to address a nuanced problem. “All low-priced drugs are alike; all high-priced drugs are
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Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit?
The 2020 presidential election is poised to have the highest turnout in a century, with the potential to reshape the composition of the electorate in a decisive way. But perhaps surprisingly, it is not obvious which party would benefit. There are opp
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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.
Bob Ross appeared on public television for 11 years. In 381 episodes, he taught America how to make a painting. But when one of our colleagues decided he wanted to buy one of these paintings, a simple search yielded odd results. There were hundreds o
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He's Writing 365 Children's Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job
(Profile) EAGLEHAWK NECK, Tasmania — By the time Matt Zurbo plopped on the couch to write his 282nd children’s book, he’d worked all day at an oyster farm, laughed with his daughter on the beach, gone for a swim in the frigid waves and cooked a veget
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A David Bowie Barbie: Mattel Unveils Ziggy Stardust Doll
On Thursday, the world learned that Barbie is a Bowie fan. With its release of a doll dressed as David Bowie’s glittering alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Mattel said it was celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Space Oddity,” released in 1969. The new Barbi
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How to Share a Screen With a Teenager: Your TV Questions Answered
A father asks: Why is finding a decent show to watch with my daughter so hard? Our TV critic offers suggestions to this and other reader questions.
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For Sibling Battles, Be a Sportscaster, Not a Referee
Narrate what’s happening. Repeat back what your kids say to you. Try to be neutral. Parents in my psychotherapy practice often ask how to make sibling conflict stop. Understandably, they want the bickering, teasing, aggression and cries of “no fair”
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In 'The Nickel Boys,' Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own
“The dirt looked wrong.” A college student noticed it first: a sunken patch in a field, near a shuttered juvenile reformatory school. When the scrub was cleared away, and the broken glass, those who were digging hit bone. The skeletons of more than 5
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How to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should)
The invisible nature of my chronic illness protects me from a whole universe of discrimination and microaggressions, but it also insulates me from potential support. Of course, I acknowledge that my position is a privileged one. Some disabilities an
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Naomi Wolf's Book Is Sitting in Limbo
When Naomi Wolf appeared at the Strand in Manhattan last month to promote her new book, “Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love,” it might have seemed like your average book-tour event. There were several dozen people in folding c
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Why So Many of Us Don't Lose Weight When We Exercise
Most of us eat more when we exercise, and though it may be just a few extra bites a day, the result is weight gain. People hoping to lose weight with exercise often wind up being their own worst enemies, according to the latest, large-scale study of
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Need Etiquette Tips for Cannabis? For Starters, Don't Call It 'Marijuana' or 'Weed.'
In “Higher Etiquette,” Lizzie Post — the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post — argues that it’s time for cannabis to move, in the public imagination, away from its surfer and “Cheech and Chong” image.
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By the Book: Delia Owens
What does the author of “Where the Crawdads Sing” think you should read? Delia Owens returns to “Beloved” every now and then: “One sentence from Toni Morrison can inspire a lifetime of writing.”
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Have Dog, Will Write
You might be surprised to learn how many authors on the current best-seller lists have had help — well, sort of — from their dogs.
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'We Cannot Save Everything': A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas
NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Re
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The Brains Behind Your Stomach's Drop
The first roller coaster Jim Seay rode was the wooden Cyclone at Coney Island when he was 9 or 10 years old. He admits being “pretty scared.” Today, Seay, 59, is behind award-winning, heart-in-throat thrill rides around the world. After graduating fr
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What to Expect When You're Expecting Evil
A few years ago, novelist Helen Phillips woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of her young daughter’s screams. She rushed to her bedside but was unable to calm her child, who was stuck in a nightmare, crying: “I want Mommy! I want Mommy!”
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What Do Teenagers Need? Ask the Family Dog
Pets provide comforts that seem tailor-made for the stresses of normal adolescent development. People of all ages become deeply connected to their pets, but in the lives of teenagers, animals often play a special role. Indeed, pets provide comforts t
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