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2011-02-28 11:25:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is seeking to ban teens from tanning salons in hopes of reducing their risk of skin cancer, AP reports. Regulations by more than 30 states of indoor tanning by minors are currently in place with some refusing children younger than 14 into the tanning booths or requiring parental permission. Illinois and New York are among states considering bills barring anyone under 18 from indoor tanning. AAP joins the World Health Organization (WHO), the American...

2011-02-20 22:03:50

Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to a Penn State anthropologist. "There is an inherent level of interest in skin color and for teachers, that is a great bonus -- kids want to know," said Nina Jablonski, professor and head, Department of Anthropology, Penn State. "The mechanism of evolution can be completely understood from skin color." Scientists have...

2011-02-07 13:50:00

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products Inc. today officially announced a breakthrough anti-aging sun care collection -- ANEW Solar Advance with RepairShield(TM) Technology. The research behind this revolutionary line was unveiled at the American Academy of Dermatology's 69th annual meeting. The ANEW Solar Advance anti-aging sun care line not only provides superior protection against the sun's damaging rays with photostable broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, but is also...

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2011-01-15 11:02:06

Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. In a new study of laboratory and satellite data, researchers report a lower value of that energy, known as total solar irradiance, than previously measured and demonstrate that the satellite instrument that made the measurement"”which has a new optical design and was calibrated in a new way"”has...

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2010-12-17 08:16:09

Two satellite instruments aboard NASA's Solar Radiation & Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission -- the Total Solar Irradiance Monitor (TIM) and the Solar Irradiance Monitor (SIM) -- have made daily measurements of the sun's brightness since 2003. The two instruments are part of an ongoing effort to monitor variations in solar output that could affect Earth's climate. Both instruments measure aspects of the sun's irradiance, the intensity of the radiation striking the top of the atmosphere....

2010-11-17 00:01:09

A COMPANY is aiming to brighten up life for gloomy Scots by launching a special Robert The Bruce light. (PRWeb UK) November 16, 2010 A COMPANY is aiming to brighten up life for gloomy Scots by launching a special Robert The Bruce light. Online retailer SAD Lights believes its Scottish-themed device could provide the perfect pick-me-up for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder north of the border. The company, which sells its light therapy products across the UK and abroad, has been...

2010-11-05 00:00:37

Sunsvigor products simulate sun anytime day or night. Beat the winter blues by waking to a gentle sunrise. The new Sunsvigor Sunrise System 320 combines sunrise and/or sunset settings with a 10,000 Lux therapeutic light box. The only combination product on the market. Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) November 4, 2010 Sunsvigor products give users the ability to wake up to simulated sun anytime day or night. Our clocks "fall" back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. The idea is to make better use of...

2010-10-13 13:11:53

People whose vision is badly damaged by over-exposure to bright light may be able to restore their sight, scientists say. Australian researchers at The Vision Centre are working on a non-invasive method that involves shining near-infrared light (NIR) into damaged eyes to invoke a natural process which encourages the eye to heal itself. "The use of NIR in healing eyes stressed by bright light has now been established, in animals," says Dr Krisztina Valter, a Chief Investigator in the ARC...

2010-10-13 09:37:00

TORONTO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ - MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce that Asif Ansari, former CEO of Los Angeles based eSolar, Inc., has taken the position of Chief Executive Officer at Toronto startup Morgan Solar. Ansari, considered one of the most successful start-up CEOs in the solar energy world, has founded several successful companies and led the development and commercialization of over 20 technical products in the cleantech and aerospace markets.  Under Ansari's...

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2010-09-21 13:31:14

Government funded researchers have found that they can get women to cut back on sunbathing by getting them to use tanning lotion instead. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the skin cancers diagnosed every year in the U.S. are sun-related.  Melanoma, which is the most deadly kind, kills about 8,700 people every year. U.S. researchers tested whether offering sunbathing women free samples of tanning lotion and sunscreen could heighten awareness of...


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Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-08-22 13:30:39

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Honolulu Hawaii, during the month of March. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 48% efficient for the month, producing less than 50% of the month which is due to the large amount of daily cloud cover that is seen on the island during the early morning and...

Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-07-23 11:19:47

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Austin Texas. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 60% efficient for the month, producing enough solar energy that only 40% of the month would have not had strong incoming radiation. EL-Nino: This phase provided the area with an extended number of...

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2012-05-12 09:22:57

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 3, 1994 at 11:59 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on November 14 at 7:33 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 174 times at an altitude of 164 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.5 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, and 2 seconds. This mission further advanced efforts to collect data about sun's energy output, chemical makeup of the Earth's middle atmosphere, and how these factors affect...

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2010-11-15 19:37:34

Sunglasses are protective eyewear designed to shield the eyes from damaging or discomforting sunlight and high-energy light. They can also work as a visual aid. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause several serious eye problems and many healthcare professionals recommend eye protection. However, since the 1940s sunglasses have been associated with celebrities more so than eye protection. James Ayscough experimented with tinted lenses in the mid-18th century although they were...

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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