Getty Completes Study of Paintings at King Tut’s Tomb

Getty Completes Study of Paintings at King Tut’s Tomb Photo Some of the spots on the wall murals in King Tut’s tomb. “The paintings are not in as bad a condition as some have claimed; they are pretty stable,” said the project’s director, Neville Agnew of the Getty Conservation Institute. Credit The J. Paul Getty Trust For decades, visitors to the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt have noticed ugly brown spots covering the wall paintings lining the burial chamber. And for years the Egyptian authorities worried that these blotches might be microorganisms fueled by humidity and the sweaty bodies of tourists. Now, scientists from the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles have completed an analysis — determining that the spots are not alive and not a threat to any of the tomb’s illustrious attractions.
This study was part of larger, multimillion-dollar, nine-year-long collaboration between the Getty and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities designed to assess the condition of t..

What Can an Online Dating Coach Do for You?

Supported by Style What Can an Online Dating Coach Do for You? Photo Photo illustration by Tracy Ma/The New York Times Over video, chat and text — though rarely IRL — digital dating coaches help you create a more attractive online profile, decipher your date’s cryptic text message and boost your confidence after an unsuccessful Tinder fling.
These are not substitutes for a licensed therapist, but they’re convenient. “We strive for instant gratification,” said Liron Shapira, 30, the co-founder of a chat-based Silicon Valley start-up called Relationship Hero. “We give 24-7 service. If you want advice at 4 a.m., you can get it.”
Like Virtual BrunchOnline dating coaches have been around practically since online dating began, but their focus has shifted. In 2009, when Laurie Davis Edwards started a company called eFlirt Expert, her most popular offering was a dating “concierge” who would write client profiles, suggest potential matches and even respond to messages for the client, like ..

The Future Issue: You, Only Better

You, Only Better Dave Asprey does not like infomercials. He didn’t want our conversation to feel like one, he said, raising both hands in a gesture of innocence, like a magician showing there was nothing up his sleeve. But once he planted the suggestion, it wouldn’t go away. There was the register of his voice, oscillating between breathy and enthusiastic, and the complete absence of qualifiers to soften his bold claims. And then there were the wares clustered on the table in front of him. He had laid out cups of his signature product, Bulletproof Coffee, which is made with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane, a trademarked oil extracted from coconuts. Next to the cups lay Bulletproof-branded protein bars in chocolate and vanilla. ‘‘I am not plugging my stuff,’’ he said with a semi-embarrassed laugh. ‘‘I’m just talking about how things work.’’
And this is how things work for Asprey, according to his claims: By experimenting on his own body, he found a diet to end all diets, one that enco..