- ... blamed the full moon? It's a popular notion, but there's no
cosmic connection ...
... a team of experts analyzed 500,000 industrial
accidents in Austria between 2000 and 2004 and found no link to lunar
A friend of mine, a former nurse, thinks that increased urban light
has ended the lunar effect.
Her point is that most US hospital emergency rooms are in cities. She
says that studies of them in the past quarter or half century have not
shown an increase in arrivals during nights of the full moon. She
thinks that in the past, when nighttime darkness varied dramatically
during the month, you did have genuine `lunatics'.
Two centuries ago at night, it was dark in Boston or London unless the
full moon shown. Now, every city is bright every night.
(Indeed, it appears that every place on the planet with people and
some riches now suffers light pollution at night, including all of
The study in Austria tells us that currently there is no link, which
her suggestion predicts.
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