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Gargling salt water is a seriously under-rated hack for fighting inflammation

You wake up in the morning with a telltale tickle in your throat. <i>Ruh roh.</i> Is it the first symptom of a cold, the flu, or—<i>gulp</i>—strep throat? Before …

Saltwater

Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man: Mel Brooks in His 90s

The comic has stormed though 75 years of show business; he remains prodigal in expression, memory, and imagination.<p>Mel Brooks has just turned 92, and, as far as anyone can tell, he is unaltered. He has blue-gray eyes and a rakish smile; his hair is white and full; the voice remains powerfully …

Comedy

Medicare Advantage Is About to Change. Here’s What You Should Know.

Did you fall in the bathroom and fracture your hip? Medicare, if you have it, will pay thousands of dollars for surgery to repair the injury and thousands more for your resulting hospital stay and rehab in a nursing home.<p>But Medicare wouldn’t have paid $200 to have grab bars installed in your …

Health Care

The New IRS Form 1040 -- 5 Things You Need to Know

Here's a rundown of the new postcard-sized Form 1040 and why it may not be as simple as it seems.<p>The IRS recently released a draft of its new Form …

The secret to a meaningful life is simpler than you think

Some people seem to spend their whole lives dissatisfied, in search of a purpose. But philosopher Iddo Landau suggests that all of us have everything we need for a meaningful existence.<p>According to Landau, a philosophy professor at Haifa University in Israel and author of the 2017 book <i>Finding</i> …

University of London

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

15 Actors Who Regretted Being On Star Trek

by Susan Cole<p>– on<p>in Lists<p>Getting a role on a show in the Trekverse, especially a recurring one, can be a huge boost for an actor’s career. The …

Star Trek

Redemption of a Lost Prodigy

As the sun set and the tide started to rise around City Island, the seaside village off the eastern tip of the Bronx, Saul Chandler took his seat at a bar called the Snug. Mr. Chandler, 70, a small man who smokes cheap cigars and refuses Budweiser not in glass bottles, is one of the island’s …

16 Amazing Facts About Sea-Monkeys

Decades after the toy-pet hybrid first hit shelves, Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys is making headlines again—this time thanks to a "David and Goliath" …

Bedbugs

13 classic crime novels perfect for the festive season - Dead Good

A classic Christmas crime novel just wouldn’t be complete without the following features: a country house, a cast of secretive, eccentric suspects, …

Books

Christmas in the countryside

<b>Huntsham Court</b> This spectacular, 34-bedroom stately home, which is set within five-and-a-half acres of immaculate grounds in rural Devon, is …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Superstar Dutch Designer Piet Oudolf

If the world of gardening has rock stars, Piet Oudolf qualifies as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Prince rolled into one. The Dutch landscape …