Thursday, March 4, 2021

Culture

How Do Virus Variants Get Their Names?

Naming diseases was not always so complicated. Syphilis, for example, is drawn from a 1530 poem in which a shepherd, Syphilus, is cursed by the god Apollo. But the compound microscope, invented around 1600, opened up a hidden...

The Future of Voting Rights

It’s a reflection of a widespread belief among Republican officials that high voter turnout hurts their chances of winning elections. They may be wrong about that: As the Republican Party has become more working class, it has attracted...

How to Pretend You’re in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Today

Dig into ancient history In and around the Riviera Maya are remarkable ancient ruins like those at Cobá, Tulum and Chichén Itzá, which in 2007 was selected as one of the “new Seven Wonders of the World” (the original...

Defective Birth Control Blamed for Scores of Unwanted Pregnancies in Chile

The problem, according to the health ministry and Silesia, was not the pills, but the packaging. Like many other oral birth control pills, packets of Anulette CD include 21 active pills, which are yellow, and seven blue placebo...

Once Upon a Time on Mars

Three and a half billion years ago, waves splashed and streams surged across this dusty expanse on Mars now known as Jezero Crater. On a nascent Earth, chemistry was coagulating toward the exalted state we call life. Astronomers, philosophers...

Hundreds of Girls Abducted From Nigerian School Are Freed, Official Says

More than 300 girls who were abducted last week from their school in Nigeria by a group of armed men have been released, a local official said on Tuesday, the second time in less than a week that...

The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in March

MARCH 2 ‘My First Summer’ Katie Found wrote and directed this film about the bond between two teenage girls, who find each other right when they’re on the precipice of emotional maturity and caught between love and friendship. The accomplished...

Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

Sarkozy gets jail sentence for corruption Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, was convicted and sentenced to at least one year in jail on charges of corruption. Mr. Sarkozy, who has vowed to appeal the verdict, was...

Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

According to the researchers’ calculations, Neanderthals most likely would have been able to hear voiceless consonants that are produced without the vocal cords. These included voiceless stops, such as “t” and “k,” and voiceless fricatives including “f,” “s”...

Where Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Taking the U.S.

One day before the administration announced its decision on Saudi Arabia, Biden gave the first major indication of his presidency that he would be willing to use military force in the Middle East if he considered it justified....
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Amazon in talks to carry exclusive NFL games on Prime Video

The National Football League is reportedly nearing signing new broadcasting rights deals with media partners that could see Amazon carry many games exclusively...

Square buys majority stake in Tidal, adds Jay-Z to board

Square has reached a deal with Jay-Z to take control of Tidal in an attempt to rejuvenate the struggling music streamer. The Jack Dorsey-led...