Daylight Saving Time

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New England Wants to Dump the Clock Change

Lawmakers contemplating ditching daylight saving switch, joining Atlantic Standard Time

(Newser) - New England really wants to get ahead—by one hour. The New York Times reports on the movement that's afoot in that region for some states to transition permanently to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, ignoring the changing of the clocks that takes place at the start and end... More »

Quirk of Time Creates Very Unusual Twins

Daylight Savings Time ended between them

(Newser) - Samuel and Ronan Peterson are identical twins born 31 minutes apart—but they both have a case for being the older brother. The boys were delivered on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Cape Cod Hospital, with mom Emily Peterson giving birth to Samuel first, at 1:39am, AOL reports. Ronan arrived... More »

Texas Politician Fights to Kill Daylight Saving Time

State Rep. Dan Flynn's HB 150 will be debated today

(Newser) - If Rep. Dan Flynn gets his way, Texas will be on Central Standard Time year-round. With his HB 150 , the Republican is trying to terminate Daylight Saving Time effective Sept. 1, the Houston Chronicle reports. The bill will be debated this morning by the Texas Government Transparency and Operation Committee;... More »

Dangerous 'Microsleeps' Follow Daylight Saving Time

Scientists warn of sudden lapses in attention

(Newser) - Feeling groggy after the Daylight Saving Time switch? Scientists say you better watch out for "microsleeps," tiny lapses in attention that can create problems at work and accidents on the road, the Christian Science-Monitor reports. The microsleeps apparently account for extra car crashes and workplace injuries that follow... More »

Bomber Learns Hard Way to Turn Clock Forward

Police say Irish bomber got his timing wrong, blew himself up

(Newser) - Police in Ireland are hunting for a man they believe was injured when his own car bomb blew up in his face. A bomb attached to a businessman's SUV exploded earlier this week in Dublin, destroying the car and blowing the doors off a nearby home. The only person... More »

Daylight Saving Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Spring forward ... drop dead?

(Newser) - If you've got a weak heart, you might have a good excuse for taking Monday off next time clocks go forward in spring, researchers say. A new study finds that the daylight saving time switch is associated with a shocking 25% rise in the risk of heart attacks on... More »

Tennessee Considers Eternal Daylight Savings Time

Proposal for permanent Daylight Savings Time called a 'wangdanger'

(Newser) - Tennessee might be done turning its clocks back. The state's House State Government Subcommittee has approved a bill that would end the practice of adjusting the clocks twice a year, effective this summer, effectively giving the state permanent Daylight Savings Time, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. "It will... More »

The US Needs Only Two Time Zones

Allison Schrager wants to end Daylight Savings Time, and then some

(Newser) - On Sunday, Americans will turn their clocks back, an annoying, confusing, and arguably harmful annual ritual. We should stop all this clock-switching, Allison Schrager at Quartz argues, and she's got an ambitious plan for how: People on Eastern time should turn back their clocks as normal, while people on... More »

Down With Harmful Daylight Saving Time

It doesn't save energy, and it's bad for us: Bora Zivkovic

(Newser) - Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, but no one benefits from it, writes Bora Zivkovic in Scientific American . It will take days for our bodies to adjust to the lost hour—we're essentially "jet-lagged for a few days"—and even cows will suffer when they're milked an... More »

Why You're at More Risk for a Heart Attack on Monday

Daylight Savings Time start associated with increased risk

(Newser) - Studies have shown that the start of daylight savings time, which begins Sunday, is associated with an increase in heart attacks . "The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10% increase in the risk of having a heart attack,"... More »

Tips to Beat Daylight Saving Blues...

Growing darkness depresses, so you need to keep upbeat

(Newser) - The increasingly short and dark days of winter can make many people feel depressed this time of year, and Daylight Saving Time only makes things worse. So to help people out, Time offers eight tips to keep your spirits up:
  • Socializing and exercising. OK, not exactly what you crave when
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Russia Drops Daylight Saving Time

Country abandons practice held since '81

(Newser) - Russia has decided to eliminate daylight saving time and will keep its clocks unchanged this October and beyond, UPI International reports. President Dmitry Medvedev said he decided to cancel the shift, which the country has practiced since 1981, because of potential "stress and illnesses" on people shifting their biological... More »

iPhone, iPod Can't Get Time Right, Either

End of Daylight Saving Time glitch stumps Apple gadgets

(Newser) - If you're having a hard time figuring out what time it is this morning, some iPhones and iPods are also stumped by the end of Daylight Saving Time. Seems the Apple gang has a glitch on their hands that makes some devices'—those running mobile iOS 4.1—repeating alarms... More »

Don't Sleep In: How to Use Tomorrow's 'Extra Hour'

Be productive ... or at least have some fun

(Newser) - When we “fall back” to standard time tomorrow morning, most people will probably spend their extra hour sleeping. But Kim Painter has a few ideas that are slightly more productive. From USA Today :
  • Take a walk: It’s healthy, and it will give you time to reflect.
  • Prepare yourself:
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Stop Time-Change Madness: Here's a Solution

Op-Ed: Let's create a 'New Standard Time' and be done with it

(Newser) - This is one of Kathryn Wilkens' least favorite weekends of the year. On Sunday, she's got to reset her clocks—and her stove, and her watches, and her VCR, and ... you get the picture. But unlike a lot of others carping about the antiquated practice of converting to or from... More »

Clock Switch May Be Good for Ticker

Heart attacks dip after clocks fall back

(Newser) - Does turning clocks back in the autumn and forward in spring affect the risk of heart attack? New research suggests it may. Scientists found a 5% drop in heart attacks the day after clocks are changed in the fall, but discovered a 5% increase when clocks are moved ahead in... More »

Gas Prices Hit Record High

$4 gallon of gas around the corner, experts warn

(Newser) - Gas prices rocketed 64 cents in the last year to a national average of $3.20 per gallon of regular, CNN reports.  A survey of prices at 5,000 gas stations found the highest price, $3.58, in San Francisco and the lowest, $2.99, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The... More »

Turn Clocks Ahead Tonight

Some doubt that daylight saving time conserves energy

(Newser) - Time flies when you’re trying to save energy: Americans will have to spring their clocks forward by an hour tonight—technically at 2am— for daylight saving time. The sleep-reducing tradition is happening a month earlier than usual in a government effort to cut down on electricity use and take... More »

Daylight Saving May Not Save Much, After All

Statistics on supposed energy savings are from the Nixon era

(Newser) - One of the much-publicized reasons for turning back our clocks—the supposed savings of 100,000 barrels of oil a day—turns out to be a stat based on the behaviors of Americans three decades ago, the Wall Street Journal reports. In fact, most of the studies that revolve around... More »

Daylight Saving Time May Be Health Hazard

The body relies on light cues to keep its internal clock in sync

(Newser) - The modern world's proliferation of artificial light is wreaking havoc on the human internal clock, which relies on natural light cues to regulate the body's cycles, scientists say. And daylight saving time makes things even worse, reports the Washington Post. "From the psychiatric perspective, the extension of daylight saving... More »

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