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  •  increased ultraviolet B. (6+ / 0-)

    A close friend of mine who has an extremely high level of awareness of his surroundings, noticed this at first.

    After he told me, I started to notice it: the same "prickly feeling" on my skin as when I was under those UV-intensive overhead vapor lamps at a client's warehouse.  It's not some kind of placebo effect or suggestion: it's very clear and distinct.

    Bottom line: wear your sunscreen goop when you go out, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses.  

    Also over the past 20 years or so, it appears that sunlight fading of plastics has increased.  This to the point where technology hobbyists have had to come up with a chemical formula and process for reversing the yellowing of the plastics used in equipment housings such as computers and peripherals.  Keyword search "retro-bright."  

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    by G2geek on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:31:31 PM PST

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    •  Interesting about the plastic computers... (2+ / 0-)
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      I notice a lot more of them are made out of metal now, including the new one I am typing on now.

      Should be easier to recycle/reuse the materials at the end of the product life, as well as hold up longer.

      Waste is one of the reasons we are having problems with global warming, in addition to the burning of millions of years of fossils.

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      by NoMoreLies on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:39:14 PM PST

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    •  Ooh! (2+ / 0-)
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      (Questions about UVB aside, I was just looking at my classic Braun Coffee grinder and how some parts had yellowed more than other parts and wondering if there was a way to restore its original color. Now I know. Thanks, G2.)

      I have also noticed that sunlight feels different on my skin, but I just thought that was a result of age, somehow. Is there documented evidence that we're receiving more UVB now? And why?

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      by Wheever on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 02:50:17 PM PST

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