German scientists have news for those who feel satisfied with their decision to buy more eco-friendly lightbulbs. They claim that compact fluorescent lightbulbs emit carcinogenic chemicals and toxins, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene. Lead researcher Andreas Kirchner says that due to this "electrical smog" he uses them, "Only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head." Other researchers dispute this and say there's no reason for the public to panic. Buying lightbulbs should be a simple task, but apparently scientists just like to screw with us.
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