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  • If the researchers were assessing for subjectively assessed behavior like 'bounciness', it should have been double-blinded.
  • /puts a cell phone on top of a bag of microwave popcorn
  • I'm confused. How can the world have almost as many cell phone subscriptions as occupants? Do lots of people have multiple subscriptions?

    Otherwise, every baby, remote Amazon rainforest dweller, prisoner, and Amish person would need to have one.
  • Aces and Eights: I'm confused. How can the world have almost as many cell phone subscriptions as occupants? Do lots of people have multiple subscriptions?

    Otherwise, every baby, remote Amazon rainforest dweller, prisoner, and Amish person would need to have one.


    Yes. I can't speak for stats but nearly everyone in east Africa had one (from personal experience), and while I was travelling in the middle east it appears most people had 2 or 3. Not sure why.

    There are many 2 or 3 number holders in western nations too - home + work.
  • Aces and Eights: remote Amazon rainforest dweller,


    I think you underestimate how prevalent cellphones have become in the third world.
  • Aces and Eights: Do lots of people have multiple subscriptions?


    A regular phone, a couple of prepaid 'burners' for your Craigslist transactions, OnStar in your car, a 3G e-book reader, ...
  • Ivo Shandor: Here's the paper in Scientific Reports.


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  • Wow OK--I clearly have been out of touch with reality.

    Note to self: get more cell phone subscriptions.
  • Now I Is!: Ivo Shandor: Here's the paper in Scientific Reports.

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    Bears repeating.
  • So, who want the job of pulling the splinters out of her puss?
  • "In half the mice, the cellphone was active and in half of the ... cages the cellphone was turned off so it wasn't transmitting a signal at all,"

    Sure, that's what the government wants you to think!
  • It'll be nice to see replicate studies to determine if the effect is real.

    /I never believe just one study.
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    What the hell is that from?
  • If you want your kids to have weird super powers, be sure to keep your cell phone near pregnant loved ones

    I don't understand... are my irradiated loved ones going to gift my children with super powers?
  • BarkingUnicorn: "In half the mice, the cellphone was active and in half of the ... cages the cellphone was turned off so it wasn't transmitting a signal at all,"

    Sure, that's what the government wants you to think!


    If I didn't know better I'd say you were some sort of conspiracy theorist. But I do know better and i know that cellphones are not off until the battery has been removed. Just turning it off does not prevent anyone with the right equipment / authorisation from tracking the phone.
  • This is why I never let my fetus talk on the phone.
  • If you want your kid to come out super awesome, play Japanese speed metal in the womb 24/7.
  • In the 1970's I had a CB radio in my car. When I keyed the mike, a fluorescent light bulb (the long ones -- CFL's weren't invented yet) placed next to the antenna, would light up.

    A friend of mine touched the antenna of another car, transmitting with a 'linear' (power booster) and burned his fingers. The antenna was not physically hot.

    By the time microwave ovens hit the stores, we knew these invisible waves could do harm. The ovens were and are, shielded.

    Now, carry this tidbit of knowledge along and you realize that, changing the frequency, packing it all into a hand held device with a booster and condensed antenna, means your cell phone might not light up a fluorescent bulb, but placed right next to your head, it's going to emit radiation that, in one form, can cook an egg.

    Your brain, under the cement skull, is about the consistency of a hard boiled egg.

    The doses of radiation might be minute, but the signal still has to reach a cell tower, which can be miles away, meaning it has a lot of power. Plus, your cell also has to be able to send it's signal through most buildings, built of cement, steel and wire.

    I don't know, but logic seems to dictate that with your brain centimeters away from the antenna, the more bursts of radio energy, in whatever form, you fire through it, just might start having cooked cells.

    Fetal tissue is even more delicate. The baby is protected somewhat by the layers of abdominal fat and muscle of the mother, plus the amniotic fluid, but the cellular structure is still fragile.

    So, that lady you see riding around a department store in one of their industrial grade scooters, cell phone plastered to her ear, yapping loudly for around 30 minutes is more than likely frying her brain. If pregnant, she's happily cooking some of her infant's brain before the bugger can even make an appearance.

    (Which might answer a whole lot of questions about some folks.)

    In the past, we've happily used assorted things that turned out to be anywhere from potentially harmful to downright deadly and blissfully didn't know this, especially when Corporations decided that informing us just might decrease their sales.

    Lead -- especially used as water pipes and solder, shot for shotguns, PVC in plastics used for food containers and water bottles, a widely used pesticide -- DDT -- that worked wonders -- but affected future generations of animals and people by not going away, asbestos (it's natural and Organic!), and little things like spreading used motor oil along dirt roads to settle the dust in summer. Don't forget the Automobile Industry, which, nearly since it's invention, has ignored, hidden, glossed over and covered up dangers in their products to boost sales. The Corvair comes to mind.

    There was a huge resistance to lead controls, especially from the paint industries. Lead based paints were more durable -- even if they slowly poisoned everyone in the vicinity. So much resistance came from the Industrial sector -- who foresaw the huge expense of having to repaint their heavy duty machinery more frequently with non-lead paint, that a compromise was reached. Lead paint is still used for industrial purposes only.

    Like on that tractor you bought for your farm.

    When someone hands us a 'magical, labor saving device' we nearly always choose to overlook any potential dangers involved. Most of us do not even consider future ramifications. By the time we start dropping dead or spawning an unusually high rate of really stupid kids, we still fight to disprove the obvious.

    Who knew those marvelous computers could eventually steal your identity, ruin your lives, spy on you, expose your secrets to billions globally and even allow strangers thousands of miles away to drive your kid to suicide and turn thousands more into basically drooling, energy drink swilling, Doritos's chomping, couch sitting game players, hidden away from the sun and fresh air?

    (I never thought I'd see the day when two young ADULTS went to court because one stole the other's expensive 'toy' -- an X-box. Now, game related court cases are so common, that they're boring.)

    Maybe our brains are getting cooked a lot faster than we know.
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