Topic “Manage Your Life”

By Brian Palmer (Slate)

In the midst of a heat wave, should you wipe away your sweat, or does that just keep you from cooling off?

Don’t wipe unless you’re drenched. Sweat releases heat by evaporative cooling. As each gram of sweat transitions from liquid to gas phase, it absorbs 2,427 joules of energy from the body and dissipates the heat into the environment...

By Lori Borgman (McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

We’ve all done it. Some only on rare occasions, some habitually. Some do it for revenge, others to impress, some for the sake of convenience and some out of cowardice. We lie.

We even lie to ourselves. Just yesterday I lied to myself about how many calories I had. I didn’t count the poppy seed muffin because I ate it standing up over the...

By Lauren Davidson (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

July is all about clearance.

Retailers next month will be scrambling to offload “small, piecey stuff” to clear space for autumn shipments, says Dan Butler, VP of retail operations for the National Retail Federation. Plus, “people are usually going on vacation in the summer months, so retailers really have to promote their values strongly...

By Amy Taxin (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven’t ruled it out.

The get-togethers — which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities — ask guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be smelled by other participants.

Then, voila! You can pick your...

By Rachel Saslow (Special to the Washington Post)

Have you ever hesitated before diving into a pool, trying to remember if it’s been at least 30 minutes since you ate? Or not itched a mosquito bite for fear that scratching would only make it worse?

Health myths buzz around summer pastimes — such as swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking — like so many gnats.

People have a hard...