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Faced with declining returns, hardy Georgia shrimpers hold tight to their traditions of pageantry and prayer. (Photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen.)

Gowanus Canal frame

Hint: it’s pronounced fee-CAL-uh-bak-TEER-ee-um


(An ancient sculpture from the Israel Beer Breweries (IBBL) museum in Ashkelon, Israel. Rafael Ben-Ari/Alamy )


The putting-green yard sucks up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. So amateur scientist Jackson Madnick decided to breed a hardy, drought-resistant green grass. (Robert Schlie/Alamy)


Federico Ciccarese turns on the hand, and its white chalky fingers clench into a fist. Then they unclench and the palm is open again. Finally, the index finger and the thumb form a circle, as if holding a small, delicate object.


If you’re a guy and you carry your smartphone in the front pocket of your pants, you may be inadvertently damaging your own very important equipment.


Metaphorically speaking, it’s like having a doctor in your pocket.