What Does It Look Like When a City Returns to Its Senses?

The reopening of New York has created a banquet of sights, smells, flavors, textures and sounds. The New York Times asked photographers to convey how the city is nourishing each of the senses.

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Are You in an ‘Inter-Intimate’ Relationship?

For some couples, having different nonsexual intimacy preferences can be a strain on the relationship. Here’s how to meet in the middle.

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I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want

A year of isolation made me consider all the casual, unwanted touch women endure — and why it’s so hard to refuse it.

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A Pandemic Is Hard Enough. For Some, Being Single Has Made It Harder.

“One day I realized it had been three months since I had touched a human being,” one man said.

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When It Comes to Octopuses, Taste Is for Suckers

Octopuses can taste what their arms touch, and scientists have figured out how.

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What All That Touch Deprivation Is Doing to Us

It’s going to be a while before we can hug freely again. What does that mean for our mental health?

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The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

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What Will Greetings Look Like in a Post-Coronavirus World?

It might be a while before we can offer a hug or handshake. But that’s OK.

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What’s the Risk of Catching Coronavirus From a Surface?

Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen.

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Stop Touching Your Face!

It’s a quirk of human nature that we touch our eyes, noses and mouths all day long. It’s also a major way we pick up infections like coronavirus.

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