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How to Do Better Than Merely Getting Ahead
Outracing the pack is overrated. But defining enough and then stopping there? It may be the best life shift you’ve made in ages.
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Blue Skies Ahead for Cheap Flights, But Read the Fine Print
More no-frills carriers as well as major airlines are offering deals on international flights. Just book ahead and be wary of ancillary fees — they can really add up.
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'You Oughta Know': The Road to Making a '90s Anthem a Broadway Hit
Alanis Morissette wrote “You Oughta Know,” the first single from “Jagged Little Pill,” her breakthrough 1995 album, “because I needed to get it out of my body,” she said. In the song, a woman, in a voice that a New York Times critic likened to that o
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Tina Turner Is Having the Time of Her Life
KÜSNACHT, Switzerland — There is a metal plaque on the gate to Tina Turner’s estate that says “Vor 12.00 Uhr nicht läuten, keine Lieferungen,” which I believe is German for “Do not even think about bothering Tina Turner before noon.” She was the symb
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It's a New Morning for Jennifer Aniston
Fifteen years after “Friends,” she is returning to TV in Apple’s “The Morning Show” as a news anchor dealing with ageism, sexism and her co-host’s misconduct.
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What Is a Trade Secret? A Key Question in the Case Against Anthony Levandowski
A former engineer with Google’s self-driving car project is charged with theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. Prosecutors will have to show that what he took was a “trade secret.”
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CORRECTION: 36 Hours in Santa Barbara County
On a spectacular stretch of California coastline, vineyards, gorgeous beaches, markets and Mission-style architecture beckon.
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For a Longer Life, Get Moving. Even a Little.
Some of the greatest gains are seen when people shift from being sedentary toward ambling for even one extra hour each day.
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How To Travel Using An E-Bike Or Scooter
If you follow the safety precautions, an electric bike, scooter or motorbike is an easy and cheap way to tour most urban centers.
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Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves?
Clusters of living brain cells are teaching scientists about diseases like autism. With a new finding, some experts wonder if these organoids may become too much like the real thing.
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Should You Take Your Shoes Off at Home?
Maybe you kick off your shoes at home because you don’t want to track dirt across clean carpets or floors, or maybe it’s just a relief to shed them. Taking off shoes inside the home is also a common practice observed in Asian and Middle Eastern count
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A Novelist Inspired by the Cold War, a CIA Typing Pool and 'Doctor Zhivago'
Lara Prescott — fascinated by the way Boris Pasternak’s novel was used as a propaganda tool — conjured a world of secretaries, spies and mint-green typewriters in her debut, “The Secrets We Kept.”
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Clara Schumann, Music's Unsung Renaissance Woman
Schumann is among the most celebrated names in the classical music canon — for most people conjuring the poetic and intense work of Robert Schumann, the Romantic master. But when the Schumann in question is his wife, Clara, the name should remind us
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The Many Fears of Bill Hader
The “Barry” star is used to dealing privately with various dreads (like seeing himself act). Now he’s taking his terror onscreen, with “It Chapter Two.”
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
Two Polling Methods, Two Views of Trump's Reelection Chances
There are two major theories about President Donald Trump’s standing heading into his reelection campaign. Over the last few months, they have found backing from two very different kinds of polls. One theory holds that Trump is fundamentally like any
The New York Times5 min read
When John Grisham Movies Were King
Bill Clinton was president, the New South was ascendant and legal thrillers were topping the box office.
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Buoyed by Fortnite, Epic Games Sets Up Shop Online
Epic Games wants to change the way people buy video games, but it faces the dominance of Steam, the primary destination for online game purchases.
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The Baroness Fighting to Protect Children Online
(Circuits) MENLO PARK, Calif. — Beeban Kidron, Silicon Valley’s latest antagonist, sat on the patio of a boutique hotel near Facebook’s headquarters recently, camouflaged in the local uniform of jeans and sneakers. A member of the House of Lords, she
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John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him
Science fiction is largely concerned with the future, but the genre’s past, dominated as it is by white men, is increasingly up for debate among a new generation of writers. The latest episode occurred this week, when the magazine Analog Science Fict
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With Her Latest Novel, Petina Gappah Sees an Obsession Through
The Zimbabwean writer was inspired by Faulkner, Eliot and Toni Morrison for “Out of Darkness, Shining Light,” a fictional account of the journey David Livingstone’s workers took transporting his body.
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
The Missing Numbers in Preventing Murders
(The Upshot) Conventional wisdom says solving murders reduces murders, but so far there’s no data to prove that.
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Leslie Jones Is Leaving 'SNL' Here Are Her 10 Funniest Moments
There’s no one quite like Jones, and Colin Jost is sure to miss being called a “creamy slice of provolone cheese” on Weekend Update.
The New York Times6 min read
Locked Out By Facebook, And Pounding On The Door
(Circuits) For a decade, Christopher Reeves, an Uber driver in Seattle, used Facebook for everything: talking with friends, communicating with fellow drivers, meeting singles. But one day in June, as he was uploading photos from a comic book conventi
The New York Times7 min readScience
Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?
(Science Times) The iconic chart of elements has served chemistry well for 150 years. But it’s not the only option out there, and scientists are pushing its limits.
The New York Times5 min readNutrition
Is the Popular Ketogenic Diet Good for You?
Low-carb, high-fat eating can lead to weight loss, but scientists debate the long-term effects on health.
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The Shortlist: Cycling
From mountain slopes to city streets, four new books celebrate the pleasures and perils of pedaling your way through life.
The New York Times6 min read
By the Book: Attica Locke
Locke, whose new crime novel is “Heaven, My Home,” would love to see television adaptations of Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Prep,” Madeline Miller’s “Circe” and more.
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Creepy Crawlers
Two new books examine the ways in which insects have shaped human civilization. In “The Mosquito,” Timothy Winegard examines the history of man’s “deadliest predator.” In “Buzz, Sting, Bite,” Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson looks at how insects have shaped hu
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Emojis Are Language Too
A digital-era linguist says Internet-speak isn’t such a bad thing. In “Because Internet,” Gretchen McCulloch explains the accelerated evolution of the English language.
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Double Take
In love with language, but not necessarily with each other. Cathleen Schine’s wise and witty novel “The Grammarians” follows the diverging lives and linguistic obsessions of identical twin sisters.
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