How to beat flu

There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has experienced, or will experience, the agony of this year’s strain, H3N2.The investigations show that it is a particularly wicked and widespread virus. And the current flu vaccine seems to be mismatched to the virus — in Australia, where flu season comes earlier, it was estimated to be only...

Five Resolutions to Simplify Your Tech Life

In 2018, why not try a new kind of New Year’s resolution? Instead of just hitting the gym and dropping some pounds, consider changing some personal habits to simplify the tech in your life.If you are like most people, there are things you do with tech that could use some tweaking. Strengthening your password security, for one, would benefit...

Can Kindness Be Taught?

Thanks to a challenge from the Dalai Lama, a number of preschools are trying to teach something that has not always been considered an academic subject: kindness.“Can you look inside yourself and tell me what you’re feeling?” Danielle Mahoney-Kertes asked a class of prekindergarten students at P.S. 212 in Queens recently.“Happy,” one girl offered. “Sick”, said another. A boy...

DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love

It all began with a floating leg. Or, more specifically, an idea came tattooed on the leg of a woman kicking through the water in Key Largo, Fla., seen clear as day through Patrick Duffy’s diving goggles. Mr. Duffy, who ran a scuba diving therapeutic program for military veterans with his father, was inspired by the tattoo; it was...

How Running May or May Not Help the Heart

A new study delving into precisely that question concludes that the answer is simultaneously reassuring and complicated, with long years of endurance training seeming not to harm runners’ hearts, but also not necessarily to benefit them in the ways that the runners themselves probably expected.Over the past 40 years or so, attitudes about the effects of strenuous exercise on...

4 Easy(ish) Steps Toward Happiness You Can Take Today

Are you happy? It’s a question we might ask ourselves here and there when something great (or awful) happens to us. But think about it in a general sense: When was the last time you evaluated your overall happiness and satisfaction with life?There are so many factors to consider when answering that question that it can feel overwhelming or,...

A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No

It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl.Just look at the recent data. Between September and early November — when Apple made the iPhone 8 available, followed by the iPhone X — Google searches for the keywords “iPhone slow” jumped about 50 percent.The phenomenon of...

Are Men With Beards More Desirable?

In the past few years, a number of predictions have declared the end of the beard. “Sorry guys, beards are over,” said the website Mashable. “Beards Aren’t Cool Anymore,” said Vice.But beards are still here — at the Oscars, parading down catwalks and on regular guys. Could it be that beards are more than a fashion statement?Science suggests that...

How to Work From Home

Here is a modest guide to becoming a successful remote employee, a culmination of what I’ve learned along the way. GET DRESSED FOR THE DAYDon’t wake up to the blue hue of your smartphone and immediately start working. Place it across the room, or better yet, in an adjacent one, and force yourself up and out of bed to turn...

¿What causes extreme sleepiness?

One of my first jobs was to keep a lookout for lions. There are some occupations that are not suitable for someone with untreated narcolepsy and this is probably one of them. I was 22, a recent zoology graduate studying meerkats in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. We worked in pairs, one of us on foot, walking with...