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Our secret superpower! 16 amazing facts about sweat, from armpit transplants to artificial BO | Health & wellbeing

It’s getting hot again – and that means sweat. With the possible exception of Prince Andrew, humans are constantly producing “insensible perspiration” – the baseline level of sweat – to some degree. Despite that, we know surprisingly little about it. According to Sarah Everts, the author of The Joy of Sweat, which explores the science, culture and history of sweat and our attempts to fight it, there is “a dearth of sweat research; there’s so much more fundamental research on every other body fluid”. So what do and don’t we know? It’s a gift to humanity Other mammals sweat, but not quite like we do. Humans have between 2m and 4m eccrine (eternally secreting) sweat glands; that is 10 times as many as a chimpanzee. Our fine hair makes the evaporation of sweat from the skin surface, which is how we cool down, easier. “In terms of our efficiency, in cooling down with sweat, we are a complete superpower,” says Everts. In the past, our cooling ability enabled us to continue hunting in the hottest …