SAN FRANCISCO — Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant’s ambitions ran into reality. So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for…

Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies?

Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice. The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin…

WASHINGTON — The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking a pay cut after Senate Democrats and watchdog groups criticized the use of an exemption to pay him nearly double the rate of his predecessors. Dr. Robert R. Redfield assumed the top post in March at a salary of $375,000…

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google’s annual conference for software developers is usually a celebration of technology, an event that highlights how tech advancements — no matter how mundane — are good for the world. But in a year when some of its most popular products have been used to propagate misinformation, spread conspiracy theories and…



Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead. BORNS at Terminal 5 (Feb. 16, 8 p.m.). Borns is on the way up. The Michigan-born electro-pop singer’s breakthrough hit in 2015, “Electric Love,” has been streamed well over 100 million times on Spotify,…

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The High Cost of Not Talking About Money

Want to know how tough is it for many Americans to talk about their financial concerns? About as tough as any topic you can imagine. Kathleen Burns Kingsbury lays it on the line in her new book, “Breaking Money Silence (Praeger, $37). “Almost half of Americans say that the most difficult topic to discuss with…

THE SPACE BARONS Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos By Christian Davenport Illustrated. 308 pp. PublicAffairs. $28. ROCKET BILLIONAIRES Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race By Tim Fernholz Illustrated. 281 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $28. Launch Pad 39A, just north of Cape Canaveral, Fla., was the storied…

The Arrivals, an outerwear label, will open a holiday pop-up on Thursday. There you’ll find smart options to wrap up warmly, like a modular bomber jacket with a removable lamb shearling collar ($395). At 39 ½ Crosby Street. That same day, the men’s wear designer Brett Johnson will open a store featuring his super-fine-knit sweaters…

As National Geographic editors prepared an issue dedicated to race, they realized the 130-year-old magazine might face questions about its troubled history on the subject. So they asked John Edwin Mason, a University of Virginia professor who studies the history of Africa and photography, to dig through the magazine’s archives to examine its shortcomings in…

Dance in NYC This Week

Our guide to dance performances. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at New York City Center (through Dec. 31). The Ailey company kicks off the second week of its annual City Center season with the premiere of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s “Victoria,” set to Michael Gordon’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, on Dec. 1. In it, the…

Neil LaBute, a prominent American playwright and screenwriter known for his portraits of misanthropic and misogynistic men (“In the Company of Men,” “Fat Pig”), has been abruptly cut off by one of New York’s leading nonprofit theaters. MCC Theater, a prestigious Off Broadway company, announced Thursday that it was canceling an upcoming production of Mr….

“Why do people take drugs?” asks the American oil magnate and billionaire J. Paul Getty in the first episode of the new FX series “Trust.” Getty, played by Donald Sutherland, is in a study at his palatial English manor, and he is talking to a doctor who’s about to inject an unregulated erectile dysfunction drug…