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A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will enable librarians to preserve books that were never meant to last.

Weekend Confidential

Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant Kwame Onwuachi’s vision of Afro-Caribbean cuisine is at risk as the coronavirus pandemic upends his industry

The Saturday Essay

Lockdowns have disrupted standardized tests and grades, forcing schools to consider a range of other approaches for selecting students.

Essay

Research into the origins of the new coronavirus raises questions about how it became so infectious in human beings.

Essay

For more than a century, the fortunes of the powerful Kadoorie family have been a barometer of Chinese openness to the world.

Wilczek's Universe

Scientific breakthroughs often depend on discovering the meaning of seemingly random fluctuations.

The Saturday Essay

For eons, epidemics have caused mass deaths and social upheaval, with far-reaching effects on politics, trade, migration, colonization and conquest.

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The sleek, streamlined work of British architect Norman Foster draws inspiration from the early 20th-century Italian Futurists.

Weekend Confidential

Amid the pandemic, Maggie Smith’s 2016 poem “Good Bones,” about keeping life’s ugliness from children, is having a moment.

Essay

How we inhale and exhale has profound effects on our health—and not just during a crisis like the pandemic.

Mind and Matter: Susan Pinker

New research suggests that speaking a second language doesn’t affect overall intelligence, upending the conventional wisdom.