Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Scientists used a massive laser to deflect the lightning

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news of fascinating discoveries, scientific breakthroughs and more. CNN — Scientists have been able to create a virtual lightning rod using a large, powerful laser on top of a mountain in Switzerland, successfully deflecting lightning strikes. Lightning deflection technology hasn’t changed much since … Read more

South Africa power outages: Ramaphosa skips Davos to tackle crisis

London CNN — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to cancel his trip to Davos this week because of an escalating energy crisis that is causing blackouts in the continent’s most developed economy. Ramaphosa swapped his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland for emergency meetings on the “ongoing energy crisis,” his spokesman … Read more

Mud, mold and destruction: California businesses face catastrophic damage

new York CNN — At the end of a long wooden California pier that juts out over the Pacific Ocean is the Wharf House. It is now almost completely unavailable. The Wharf House Restaurant, an iconic establishment for residents of the coastal town of Capitola in Santa Cruz County, stands alone, boarded up, damaged and … Read more

Mud, mold and destruction: California businesses face catastrophic damage

new York CNN — At the end of a long wooden pier in Southern California that juts out over the Pacific Ocean sits the Wharf House. It is now almost completely unavailable. The Wharf House Restaurant, an iconic establishment for residents of the coastal town of Capitola in Santa Cruz County, stands alone, boarded up, … Read more

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket breaks down in the UK

London CNN — Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 – dubbed ‘Cosmic Girl’ – took off on Monday from Newquay in Cornwall, England. 245 miles west of London, in the country’s first launch from UK territory. But almost two hours after the plane left the ground, Virgin Orbit revealed that the launch had failed. “It appears … Read more

Meet some of the new species discovered in 2022

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news of fascinating discoveries, scientific breakthroughs and more. CNN — The tree of life grew in 2022 when researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and their international collaborators discovered 146 new species of animals, plants and fungi. Previously unknown creatures and plants … Read more

Why an Abu Dhabi startup wants to send quinoa seeds into space

London CNN — As the climate crisis makes it difficult to grow many food crops, some scientists and entrepreneurs are looking beyond our planet for solutions. Abu Dhabi-based startup StarLab Oasis, spun off from Texas-based Nanoracks, wants to grow seeds in space to develop plant varieties that can survive on a less hospitable Earth. In … Read more