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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:39am

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:38am

Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain. Experts say it may be time to revisit the assumption that when it comes to dairy, fat free is always best.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:54pm

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple on screen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:22pm

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 1:41pm

In his new book, Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. "We're still exploring the human body and what medicine can do in the same way that the great explorers of the 20th century and every age before them explored the world," he says.

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Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:57am

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is as well-known for his creative Twitter feed as he is for his works of fiction like Open City. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear," series, he shares his music playlist.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 3: Wolf Of Wall Street

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:04am

We scoured the Internet to uncover the pros and cons of all nine best picture nominations. Today, we adopt the swagger of Wolf Of Wall Street.

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How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:14am

Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap. But when it comes to caffeine intake, teenagers seem to be getting far more caffeine from coffee drinks. Overall, about three-fourths of children in the U.S. consume caffeine on a given day.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money,' By Kevin Roose

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

Kevin Roose's Young Money follows a group of new college graduates trying to make it on Wall Street in the era after the 2008 financial crash. What motivated them to give up their lives, to work 100-hour weeks and endure sneers when the reputation of big finance was at its lowest? And most importantly, how did the experience change them?

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Feb. 9-15: Balenciaga, Bullies And 'The Biological Roots Of Crime'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

In softcover nonfiction, Mary Blume explores the life of reclusive designer Cristobal Balenciaga, Emily Bazelon looks at teen bullying, Adrian Raine delves into neurocriminology, Rawn James Jr. traces the history of U.S. military integration and Allen C. Guelzo commemorates the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

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'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

The Office writer B.J. Novak's new story collection covers everything from carrot cake to artificial intelligence. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has a few too many things packed into it, but overall, the collection is "wildly promising."

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Stuart Hall, 'Godfather Of Multiculturalism,' Dies

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:50pm

Sociologist and public intellectual Stuart Hall, who helped shape conversations about race and gender, has died at 82. For decades, the Jamaican-born Hall taught at Britain's Birmingham University.

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Sounds Intriguing: The World's Most Interesting Noises

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:48pm

As an acoustic engineer, Trevor Cox has spent most of his career getting rid of bizarre, unwanted sounds. But in The Sound Book, Cox turns up the volume on those sonic oddities. The book explores weird echoes and unexpected noises from around the globe — including "whisper galleries" and a chirping pyramid.

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Sandwich Monday: Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:34pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the new Fritos-laced offering from Subway. It's the latest creation in the Sandwich Efficiency Movement, in which side dishes become part of the main dish.

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'Dancing Fish,' 'Ammonites' And A Literary Life Well-Lived

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:00pm

For 44 years, British author Penelope Lively has been publishing children's books, short stories and novels. Her latest book, Dancing Fish and Ammonites, is subtitled, "A Memoir," but critic Ellah Allfrey says it is "more a collection of thoughts, a scattering of advice and a reading list to treasure."

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The Science Of Munchies: Why The Scent Of A Burger Gives Us A High

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:39pm

Skipping a meal triggers the munchies in a similar way that marijuana does, a study in mice finds. And it works, at least in rodents, by boosting the sense of smell. Receptors in the brain that get activated when the animals are stoned also light up after they've been fasting.

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An Interview With The Bag On Shia LaBeouf's Head

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:31am

We enter an alternate reality to interview the most famous bag in show business today.

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For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:00am

Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq, in 2003, when they were serving in the 101st Airborne Division. Williams' new memoir Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming, after McGough sustained physical and cognitive injuries during an IED explosion.

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'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:24am

In the years after World War II, Eliot Elisofon traveled from Capetown to Cairo in a mobile photography studio. The pictures he took for Life magazine helped reshape Americans' understanding of the continent. Susan Stamberg takes a look at an exhibit of Elisofon's photos, currently on display at the Museum of African Art in DC.

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Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 5:33pm

At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.

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