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World

Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

Fighting intensified in the last quarter of 2020, after talks between the Afghan government and Taliban began. Before then, it ...

Do India’s Cows Have Special Powers? Government Curriculum Is Ridiculed

The Hindu nationalist government postponed plans for a national student exam on cows that critics said used specious claims and ...

As Pandemic Took Hold, Suicide Rose Among Japanese Women

Job losses, urban isolation, household burdens: Covid-19 has compounded the pressures on women, raising alarms in a country that has ...

Russia Is Offering to Export Hundreds of Millions of Vaccine Doses, but Can It Deliver?

The Kremlin has scored propaganda points and bolstered several longstanding foreign policy goals by offering its Sputnik V vaccine around ...

‘Special and Beautiful’ Whistled Language Echoes Around This Island

On a jagged island in the Canary archipelago, a whistling language known as “Silbo Gomero” is still in use thanks ...

Europe Wants to Diversify Its Pool of Astronauts

In its first hiring drive in over a decade, the continent’s space agency is looking to recruit disabled people and ...

Food

The Birria Boom Is Complicated, but Simply Delicious

LOS ANGELES — You go to Birrieria Nochistlán for the Moreno family’s Zacatecan-style birria — a big bowl of hot ...

Opinion

Woke Me When It’s Over

In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny and the statute of limitations never expires, even when ...

‘We Are Going to Keep You Safe, Even if It Kills Your Spirit’

On a recent morning, Bill Williams, 87, awoke to learn of a terrible virus that had spread everywhere and was ...

What Are Sperm Telling Us?

Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.Something alarming is happening ...

Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole

Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.For an academic, Michael Caulfield has ...

Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

It’s the economy, stupid.Early in 2020, cyberspace attackers apparently working for the Russian government compromised a piece of widely used ...

Sports

Australian Open Offered Unexpected Lessons About Pandemic Sports

The goal was to hold a major international sports event without putting public health at risk. Mission accomplished, but pulling ...

Business

What’s Really Behind Corporate Promises on Climate Change?

For the past several years, BlackRock, the giant investment firm, has cast itself as a champion of the transition to ...

Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

In the 10 years since Chris Torres created Nyan Cat, an animated flying cat with a Pop-Tart body leaving a ...

Health

To Get Their Lives Back, Teens Volunteer for Vaccine Trials

Immunizing teenagers is a critical part of slowing the pandemic and reaching herd immunity. But enrolling them in clinical trials ...

The Upshot

The Jobs the Pandemic May Devastate

An updated forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has alarming news for people with a high school diploma or ...

Arts

The Thrill of a Contemporary Classical Concert, Captured on Disc

With live performances still largely shut down, the group Klangforum Wien has released a five-album set of solos and premieres.It’s ...

Are Magazines Dead? Not at This Exhibition

“Magazines and the American Experience,” at the Grolier Club in Manhattan, explores the rich, colorful and sometimes deeply strange history ...

Science

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption

A shift in Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found — and ...

Mature Red-Bellied Lemur Seeks Soul Mate for Cuddles and Grooming

At the Duke Lemur Center, an innovative plan to keep the animals social late in life: pair them with lemurs ...

Seven Hundred Leagues Beneath Titan’s Methane Seas

What could be more exciting than flying a helicopter over the deserts of Mars? How about playing Captain Nemo on ...

Movies

‘Nomadland’ Review: The Unsettled Americans

Frances McDormand hits the road in Chloé Zhao’s intimate, expansive portrait of itinerant lives.“People wish to be settled,” Ralph Waldo ...

Books

In ‘Liner Notes for the Revolution,’ a History of American Music With Black Women at Its Center

For a critic, there’s maybe nothing so central but also confounding as the question of taste — why we like ...

U.S.

‘Like We’re Being Cursed’: First Covid and Now Waterlogged Homes

Basics remain scarce in some parts of Texas, and many already battered by a year of the coronavirus now face ...

Trump’s Tax Returns Aren’t the Only Crucial Records Prosecutors Will Get

For all that they reveal, tax returns have limitations. Other records from the former president’s accountants may help give a ...