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Following closely on the heels of Been-Seen's 'It's Tan-tastic!!' April Fools video, here is a clever way of avoiding skin damage. With summer rapidly approaching, beachgoers will be turning their thoughts to sunscreen, big floppy hats, and UV-proof clothing. Scientists at the University of Strathclyde in sunny Scotland, however, have just developed a device which goes one step further, by giving sunbathers an early warning signal.

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Their creation? A yellow wristband sensitive to ultraviolet light. In an effort to prevent the ever-rising incidence of skin cancer, it changes color when your skin is at risk of burning. An acid-release agent picks up ultraviolet light and a dye responds to pH levels, changing the color of the indicator – to PINK.

Says the lead scientist, Professor Andrew Mills, 'This device is a straightforward means for people to keep themselves safe while they enjoy the sun. It can also be modified and adapted for use with all skin types, which can react differently to ultraviolet light.'

Maybe they can modify bikinis to do the same thing. RM

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  • Taleena

    April 9, 2009

    Like all things, just be smart about it. The best way for our bodies to produce Vitamin D is 15-20 minutes of full-body sun exposure a day. SPF as low as 8 blocks close to 95% of the rays your skin needs to produce Vitamin D. Sunburns are bad, but you don’t need to slather on ridiculous amounts of sunscreen all the time.

    http://www.tanningtruth.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/30minutessunshine.pdf

    On the article: I haven’t researched the credibility of the author or of the sources he cites, but it is well-written and informative.

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