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What is the mood in Iran ahead of the presidential elections

What is the mood in Iran ahead of the presidential elections

Election billboards adorning the streets of Iran for the upcoming presidential election make big promises: economic prosperity, an end to corruption, freedom of the press, reversing the brain drain, and a candidate's pledge to "save the citizens" from all troubles that afflict the country.In their efforts to attract votes, all six candidates – five conservatives and one reformist, all selected by a committee of clerics – are unleashing violent attacks on the status quo. In speeches, television debates and roundtables they criticized the government's economic, domestic and foreign policies, as well as the moral police's violent treatment of women, and ridiculed official rosy assessments of Iran's economic prospects as harmful illusions.Extraordinary presidential elections w...
Researchers say the warning on social media is too broad

Researchers say the warning on social media is too broad

When U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy announced Monday that he intended to push for a mental health warning label on social media platforms, he was met with applause from many parents and teachers, who described a long and lonely fight to break children from a habit that hurt them.It drew, however, a colder reaction from some scientists who study the relationship between social media and mental health. In interviews, several researchers said that the general warning offered by Dr. Murthy – “social media is associated with significant harm to adolescent mental health” – extends and oversimplifies the scientific evidence.For many years, researchers have been trying to determine whether the amount of time a child spent on social media contributes to poorer mental health, and "the result...
Barbara Gladstone, 89, dies;  Art dealer with global reach and a personal touch

Barbara Gladstone, 89, dies; Art dealer with global reach and a personal touch

Barbara Gladstone, an art dealer whose eye for spotting talent and skill in cultivating it helped her build one of New York's largest and most influential contemporary art galleries, died Sunday in Paris. She was 89 years old.His gallery says that his death, in hospital, was caused by an ischemic event, the symptoms of which are similar to those of a stroke. Mrs. Gladstone, who was on a business trip to Paris, lived in Manhattan.Mrs. Gladstone represented more than 70 artists and estates, including Americans such as Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and Elizabeth Murray; the provocative video and installation artist Matthew Barney; key figures of the Italian Arte Povera movement such as Mario Merz and Alighiero Boetti; Richard Prince, the pioneer of photographic appropriation; th...
TikTok outlines past efforts to address U.S. concerns about a potential ban

TikTok outlines past efforts to address U.S. concerns about a potential ban

TikTok explained Thursday why it believes a new federal law that could lead to a ban on the popular video app in January is unconstitutional, calling the legislation an "extraordinary restriction on free speech."The company said Congress has not given the law — which would force TikTok's Chinese owner to sell the popular social media app or face a ban in the United States — with nearly enough scrutiny and attention.TikTok made the arguments in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where the company sued to block the law in May.“This law represents a radical departure from this country's tradition of supporting an open Internet and sets a dangerous precedent that allows political branches to target an unfavorable speech platform and force it t...
When the only way out of the war in Gaza is to buy your way out

When the only way out of the war in Gaza is to buy your way out

The only way for almost all Gazans to escape the horrors of the war between Israel and Hamas is to flee through neighboring Egypt.And this is usually a complicated and expensive task, involving paying thousands of dollars to an Egyptian company that can put Palestinians on an approved travel list to cross the border.Faced with high societal tariffs, as well as widespread hunger in Gaza, where there is no end in sight to Israel's military campaign, many Palestinians have resorted to trying to raise money with desperate appeals on digital platforms like GoFundMe.Dr. Salim Ghayyda, a pediatrician from northern Scotland, issued one such appeal in January after his sister texted him from Gaza to say their father had been having seizures.Their father arrived at hospital and survived, but Dr ...
How useful is walking for back pain?

How useful is walking for back pain?

Doctors and physical therapists have long incorporated aerobic exercise into treatment programs for low back pain. Movement can relieve lower back pain and at the same time strengthen the muscles that support your back. However, many people with back pain may be reluctant to exercise.A new study, published Wednesday in The Lancet, offers further evidence about the power of the movement. The study found that regular walking can be very effective in preventing back pain from recurring. The study focused on adults with a history of low back pain; those who walked regularly walked almost twice as long without back pain returning compared to the control group.The new findings align with a large body of existing research that has established an association between physical activity and bett...
European sanctions hit Russian liquefied natural gas for the first time

European sanctions hit Russian liquefied natural gas for the first time

The European Union has agreed to a new round of economic sanctions against Russian individuals and companies, the Belgian government said on Thursday. In particular, they include measures aimed at squeezing Russia's profits from the sale of liquefied natural gas to EU members.Most EU countries stopped importing natural gas arriving by pipeline from Russia soon after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. But the bloc had refrained from launching formal sanctions against the imports of Russian gas, leading many EU countries to purchase LNG from Russia, which arrives by ship.The latest action includes measures against imports of Russian LNG passing through EU ports to other countries, known as transshipments, said a senior EU diplomat familiar with the deal who spoke on co...
Remo Saraceni, 89 years old, dies;  The inventor of the walking piano seen in “Big”

Remo Saraceni, 89 years old, dies; The inventor of the walking piano seen in “Big”

Remo Saraceni, the sculptor, toy inventor and technological fantasist best known for creating the Walking Piano to which Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia danced in a beloved scene from the 1988 hit film "Big," died June 3 at Swarthmore , Pennsylvania. 89.The cause was cardiac arrest, said Benjamin Medaugh, his assistant and caretaker. Mr. Saraceni died at Mr. Medaugh's home, where he had lived for the past several years.Mr. Saraceni's specialty was "interactive electronics," he told New York magazine in 1976. His other inventions included a clock that could respond aloud when you asked it the time, a stethoscope stereo system that could resonate your heartbeat and clouds of plexiglass that lights up at the sound of a whistle with a pastel color suitable for lighting a room. All were ...
Hezbollah leader threatens Cyprus and says he will fight without “limits” if Israel attacks

Hezbollah leader threatens Cyprus and says he will fight without “limits” if Israel attacks

After days of intense clashes between Hezbollah and Israel, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militia, warned on Wednesday that "there will be no place safe from our missiles and our drones" if an all-out war breaks out. He also threatened Cyprus if it allowed Israel to use its airports and bases in a full-scale conflict.“The enemy knows very well that we have prepared for the most difficult days, and he knows what he will face,” Nasrallah said. “If war is imposed, the resistance will fight without constraints, rules or limits.”President Nikos Christodoulides of Cyprus responded to the threat by saying his country was “absolutely not involved in any way,” according to comments posted on social media.In his first public statements amid the recent outbreak of violence along the...
Chiropractor videos take off on TikTok and YouTube

Chiropractor videos take off on TikTok and YouTube

Hurried. Crack. Pop. These sounds, once used to sell a popular breakfast cereal, are now enticing people to visit the doctor thanks to a wave of chiropractic videos sweeping social media.The most popular videos follow a familiar pattern: A patient comes in with a debilitating condition. A chiropractor maneuvers a patient's limbs and joints in terrifying ways, producing a series of pops and creaks. And the patient is freed from years of pain, all in a matter of minutes.For viewers, the clips can be noteworthy and satisfying ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) content. For chiropractors, they are a valuable marketing tool that helps build business.But not everyone in the chiropractic industry is thrilled with video. Some doctors say they are misleading and potentially lead...