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From Our NYT Files: The Difference Between Perfume, Cologne and Other Fragrances

From Our NYT Files: The Difference Between Perfume, Cologne and Other Fragrances

You’ll see all sorts of names in the fragrance section: perfume, eau de toilette, parfum, eau de cologne. What makes them different — and in many cases, more expensive?

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From Our NYT Files: Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning

From Our NYT Files: Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning

Smartphone? Check. Spare battery? Check. Power cables? Check. After deciding which gadgets to pack for your summer vacation, you can move on to the harder — and more fun — part: planning what you are going to do.

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From Our NYT Files: Forget a Fast Car. Creativity Is the New Midlife Crisis Cure.

From Our NYT Files: Forget a Fast Car. Creativity Is the New Midlife Crisis Cure.

Who needs a Ferrari when you can pick up a paintbrush?

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From Our NYT Files: 18 Ways to Navigate Stress at the Airport

Even before takeoff, the airport itself can be a stressful phase of travel. Here are strategies for dealing with anxieties and annoyances, large and small.

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From Our NYT Files: The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

From Our NYT Files: The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

Food labels are meant to be easy to read, but some terms on those labels are marketing lingo or mean something different than you may think. Here’s what to pay attention to and what to ignore entirely.

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From Our NYT Files: Do You Like ‘Dogs Playing Poker’? Science Would Like to Know Why

From Our NYT Files: Do You Like ‘Dogs Playing Poker’? Science Would Like to Know Why

If you’ve ever wondered whether the title on a work of abstract art — say “Blue No. 2” — influences how you feel about it, you’ll be intrigued by a new study from the University of Pittsburgh.

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From Our NYT Files: Maine Coast Lobster Rolls

From Our NYT Files: Maine Coast Lobster Rolls

Here is the simplest of recipes, brought to The Times in 2001 by Jason Epstein in the low, dispiriting weeks that followed the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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From Our NYT Files: You Know You Should Use Sunscreen. But Are You Using It Correctly?

From Our NYT Files: You Know You Should Use Sunscreen. But Are You Using It Correctly?

Look, we’re not here to nag. We all know we’re supposed to use sunscreen more reliably than we probably do.

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Our NYT Files: Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood

Our NYT Files: Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood

When the Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz opened his South American-inspired restaurant, Amara at Paraiso, in January, he made a wood-burning Jade grill the focal point of the kitchen.

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Our NYT Files: How to Clean Those Pesky Summer Stains

Our NYT Files: How to Clean Those Pesky Summer Stains

Summer is upon us, and with it trips to the pool and the beach, weekends spent at cookouts, and late night ice cream cone runs.

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