Subscribe to the OSS Weekly Newsletter!

Why are some Sunscreens Labelled as “Reef-Safe”?

30 Jun 2022

“Reef-Safe” on the label intends to inform the consumer that the product does not contain ingredients that may harm coral reefs. That claim, though, must be viewed with a degree of skepticism.

Acrylic Encounters

1 Sep 2021

In a classic scene from the movie “How to Marry a Millionaire,” Marilyn Monroe shows off her shapely legs as she sunbathes wearing see-through acrylic shoes and little else. The history of this...

Looking at the Science of Sunglasses

24 May 2019

The sunglasses at the dollar store feel flimsy, yet I buy a pair. It costs me $1.43. The sticker on one of the lenses states “UV 400 Protection”. I walk over to a fancy sunglasses store and ask the...

Is That Plausible?

3 Apr 2018

The gold standard in science is the randomized, controlled, double-blind trial. If you want to know whether Garcinia cambogia causes weight loss, or whether glucosamine helps with arthritic pain,...

Hazard and risk: Carcinogens in Processed Meat

20 Mar 2017

If you watched the news, read newspapers or surfed the web recently you will have been inundated with pictures of bacon and headlines describing it as carcinogenic. That’s because the International...

Blocking the Sun's Rays with Metal Oxides

20 Mar 2017

Ultraviolet light from the sun encompasses a range of wavelengths, all the way from 280 nm to 400 nm. The shorter and more energetic wavelengths from 280 to 320 nm are referred to as UV-B, while...

Sunglass Savvy

20 Mar 2017

Should we be spending hundreds of hard-earned dollars on expensive sunglasses or do we get the same protection from cheaper models available off of racks at the pharmacy? It seems that dishing out...

Back to top