Articles

How We Live

On Instagram, the kids are alt-right If a Nazi texted your teenager, would you want to know? We parents seem to have accepted social media as an inevitable part of our kids’ lives. They go on Instagram where we post our pretty pictures of food and artful vacation shots, and they’re Snapchatting friends and sometimes…
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Media

Media savvy: Some Americans believe the dumbest things. How not to be one of them. As the never-ending election season moves from “midterm” to “presidential” mode, Americans are deluged by news alerts on their screens, and by breaking-news tweets, emails and sensational claims on cable broadcasts. By this time next week, the public will have…
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Mental Health

Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness. Teaching Peace in Elementary School…
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Gender & Sexuality

When Do They Need a Fig Leaf? Children like to strip down when the weather gets hot — but not everyone approves. A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral Rocko Gieselman looked like any other undergraduate at the University of Vermont but perhaps a little prettier, with pale freckles dancing across porcelain skin and bright…
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Food

Meet the Kleptogastromaniacs, Customers Hooked on High-End-Food Theft In this era of $10 artisanal mayonnaise and $50 "bacon steak," shoplifters’ tastes have also changed accordingly. Steven Millard, a vice-president of Murray’s Cheese, says he remembers being on a train leaving the Union Square subway station and watching in astonishment as a young man pulled hundreds…
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Justice & Law

On MLK Day, Honor the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Too Ella Baker’s story may not be as exciting as that of Dr. King or Rosa Parks, but she was no less essential to the civil rights movement. Vindicated Katrina Doc Tells Her Story Dr. Anna Pou was accused of murdering nine patients in…
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Environmental Health

High Lead Found in City-Sourced Eggs A study suggests eggs from neighborhood gardens show elevated levels of lead, but whether the amounts are alarming is not clear. Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free? Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? Raising Concerns About Chemicals in Recycled Carpet Padding Every week, it seems,…
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9/11

Protecting Children From Raw 9/11 Memories On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it was hard for me to comprehend that a decade had passed since I watched the towers burn in Lower Manhattan. I could still picture the bodies free-falling through the sky like broken twigs. I could still remember the feeling…
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Design

Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House With 25 tons of glass and 5,000-pound I-beams, the architect creates a cottage to withstand any storm. A High-Level Collaboration on a SoHo Loft Prompted by her journalist partner, the choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb domesticates. Tenants of a Vanishing World An apartment at the Apthorp is a…
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