18 articles Tag uv rays

Genes That Cause Melanoma Discovered!

Scientist from the “Queensland Institute of Medical Research have found two new genes that together double a persons risk of melanoma.” A study team studied the genes of 6,000 people and found that “specific changes in two genes were found to make people more susceptible to developing moles. The researchers went on to show, in another 4,000 people, the same two genes increased the risk of developing melanoma – the most deadly form of skin …

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Are Commercial Sunscreens Safe?

I was checking my google alerts today and I found a shocking and eye-opening article on the safety and effectiveness on many of the commonly used sunscreens on the store shelves. According to a study done on 1,600 sunscreen products by the Environmental Working Group, 60% of sunscreens are unsafe or ineffective. Here is more from the article (Source: Arizona Republic Online): None of Coppertone’s 43 sunscreen products meet the group’s criteria for safety and …

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Steve Spangler UV Energy Beads (plus a Giveaway!)***CLOSED

Steve Spangler UV Energy Beads (plus a Giveaway!)***CLOSED

The girl’s and I are now official UV Detectives! We had so much fun and learned a lot while performing experiments with some really cool science toys, the Steve Spangler UV Energy Beads. These beads are an excellent way to show children the importance of sunscreen and to teach them about the effects uv rays. I have explained to my 2 and 3-year-old before the reasons we protect our skin with sunscreen. Using science toys …

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Make Your Own UV Reactive Bracelet!

Make Your Own UV Reactive Bracelet!

Sometimes it can be hard for a child or even a grown-adult to really understand the concept of why it is important to wear sunscreen daily, reapply often and protect ourselves from the UVA and UVB rays by wearing UV protective clothing. UV rays are always present  (even when it is cloudy) and they are stronger in some parts of the world than others. What is a UV Ray? Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible rays …

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