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Feb 05
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Screen Time Before Sleep Especially Bad in Dark Room, Study Finds

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Screen Time Before Sleep Especially Bad in Dark Room, Study Finds

It’s no secret that screen time before bed can interfere with sleep, especially in younger people. However, a new study reveals that the lighting in the room itself can make a difference. Phone and tablet use in a dark room has a much more pronounced effect on sleep than when the lights are on.

The study, which was conducted by researchers in London and Switzerland, included 6,616 participants between the ages of 11 and 12. The tweens were asked to report on their screen use within an hour of bedtime, stating whether they used their devices, how well-lit the room was, and if it interfered with their ability to sleep. The study included all types of screens, from mobile devices to gaming consoles and televisions.

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Feb 04
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

New, Powerful Scooter Available in U.S.

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New, Powerful Scooter Available in U.S.Commuters in some American cities seem to love the idea of owning or renting motorized scooters to get around, though news reports indicate that not everyone is happy with a scooter-everywhere way of life.

Locals in Los Angeles, for instance, have been known to stuff pay-per-minute rental scooters into toilets, throw them off balconies, and even light a few on fire.

Still, the gizmos proliferate. One new-ish model, the EMove Cruiser 52V 1600W Dual Suspension Foldable Electric Scooter, is said to be the most powerful on the market. After being available abroad for a while, it's now wowing customers in the U.S. for a mere $1300.60, which, as the product's Web page suggests, is something of a steal when compared to $1,352.33 "elsewhere".

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Feb 03
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Scientists Craft Plan to Explore Saturn’s Largest Moon

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Scientists Craft Plan to Explore Saturns Largest Moon

Saturn’s moons have long been a fascination for the astrology community. But now that scientists have managed to get close to landing on one of them, that fascination has accelerated.

In January of 2005, the European Space Agency successfully dropped a probe on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Unfortunately, though, the probe ran out of battery power after only a couple of hours on the moon. This was the farthest landing of an Earth-owned spacecraft. Since that brief taste of it, scientists have been eager to make a second attempt.

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Feb 02
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Customer Stuck in Burger King Restroom Wants Promised Free Meals

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Customer Stuck in Burger King Restroom Wants Promised Free Meals

There's really not much point in a company promising a customer free meals for life if the company doesn't have a plan for making good on its promise.

Curtis Brooner visited a Burger King in Portland, Oregon, late last year. When he decided to use the restaurant's bathroom, he wound up locked in the smelly confines for over an hour, even though Brooner used his cell phone to summon help from the eatery's employees, who reportedly shoved a fly swatter under the door and told Brooner to unjam the lock on the door.

CBS News quotes a lawsuit filed by Brooner against Burger King as alleging, "Brooner could hear Burger King employees and customers laughing while he remained locked inside its bathroom for well over an hour before a locksmith finally came and broke him out."

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Feb 01
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

The Perils of Ignoring Teen Sexting

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The Perils of Ignoring Teen Sexting

Sex education in the classroom can't be said to have advanced much if it doesn't successfully address the role of sexting -- particularly since teens tend to learn more about sex from the Internet than ever before.

90 percent of the teenagers in a class taught by Johanna Burgos say that they know someone who has sent a nude photo via text, for instance.

“Whether they’re sending the photo or not, they know someone who is sending the photo,” she tells Mashable.

Burgos, who's in charge of a program that teaches healthy relationships to middle school students in New York City adds that, while teens need to be schooled in sexting, that's not currently happening.

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Jan 31
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Want to Stay Healthy and Feel Full? Grab a Handful of Almonds

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Want to Stay Healthy and Feel Full? Grab a Handful of Almonds

Staying full between meals can be a challenge for chronic snackers, especially if one snack isn’t enough. But a handful of almonds can be all you need to keep hunger pangs at bay. Best of all, they have nutritional value that can make them a great addition to any diet.

Just one ounce of almonds provides a hefty dose of fiber, protein, fat, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. They only have 161 calories, but the fact that they help you feel full between meals is a bonus since they’ll keep you from grabbing other snacks. They’re also a great source of antioxidants, which help prevent the harm to cells that is thought to contribute to cancer and aging.

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Jan 30
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Nestlé Accelerates War on Plastic

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Nestlé Accelerates War on Plastic

The food giant recently announced plans to achieve a waste-free future, in part by making all of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. There's to be a special emphasis on avoiding plastic waste.

Beginning in 2020 and extending for five years, Nestlé will phase out all hard-to-recycle or non-recyclable plastics from all of its products worldwide. Alternative packaging products will be rolled out along the way.

As of February 2019, the company will start to get rid of all plastic straws, replacing them with paper alternatives or other innovative models.

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