Here are the must-dos that you need to check off your list before you get your diploma, from entrepreneur Liz Wessel.

Our planet is getting hotter and drier. Drinking water is in short supply, but there are two largely untapped sources: the ocean and sewage. To get a taste of what might be in store for our faucets and understand the pros and cons, journalist Amanda Little goes to California.

In this overscheduled, overstimulating world, it’s no surprise that many of us feel like introverts at some point during our days. In an excerpt from The TED Interview podcast, writer Susan Cain talks about how workplaces can better support people’s quieter side and what helped her conquer her fear of public speaking.

All medical technology carries a price. For implantable defibrillators — which are designed to deliver peace of mind — one of the biggest downsides is fear, says cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar. For patients, the question remains: What are you willing to give up to live a little longer?

Death is a part of life, and so are the funerals and memorial services held to mark an individual’s passing. But when we’re called upon to speak at these occasions, many of us are at a loss for words. Here are some basic guidelines for writing a eulogy, from palliative specialist BJ Miller and writer Shoshana Berger.

By raising questions and taking on a more active role in decision making, patients can do their part to avoid needless medications, tests, treatments or procedures, says neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset.

Want to support local businesses? Here’s an idea that could help your community and the independent shops you love.