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Peeing in the Pool Is Actually Really Bad for You

Chances are, there's a lot of urine in this pool. Flickr via Wade Morgen Everyone pees in the pool. That’s the safe and well-informed assumption that many chemists studying the safety of public, chlorinated swimming pools make. But let’s face it: once you jump in the pool and smell and feel the chlorine surrounding you, you quickly forget about any potential pool-peers and trust the power of the chemicals in the water. That’s probably not the best idea, though. The chemical byproducts that result from your urine and the chlorine aren’t as benign as you may think. And in the end, everyone would
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Sunscreen Made From DNA Would Last Forever

Will DNA be the future of sunscreen? Deposit Photos A DNA-based sunscreen that not only stops harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, but also becomes more protective the longer you expose it to UV rays? That’s the dazzling premise behind a recent study published in the journal Science Reports. While sunscreen isn’t the only form of sun protection (there’s always protective clothing and floppy hats), the reality is that most of us just skip it. A 2015 study in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that only 14.3 percent of men and 29.9 percent of women routinely use sunscreen when they
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How Goldfish Use Booze To Get Through A Hard Winter

Take it easy there, buddy. Depositphotos No matter how many goldfish we've all buried at sea, the creatures are clearly pretty resilient. Pop 'em in a bowl on your desk and they might last longer than your job. Drop 'em in a local pond and they might grow to monstrous sizes and consume everything in sight, destroying native ecosystems. Stick 'em under ice all winter, and they'll somehow still be swimming come spring. Consider for a moment just what a feat that is: sure, it's cold, and that slows down a fish's metabolic processes—the chemical reactions conducted in each cell that keep all anima