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Saturday, November 25th, 2006, 3:16 am

Wi-Fi, Cellphones, and Our Health

[A non-Novell blog post for a change:]

Antennas and satellite dishes

MORE schools have recently begun banning wireless networks. I cannot say that I am surprised. We already know that cellphones emit radiation and their antennas (the larger frameworks which support them and emit even more radiation) can truly become a menace. Wi-Fi-supported laptops and routers have radiative residues as well, although the scale might be different (probably significantly reduced).

Is all the fuss justified at all? It the radiation significant enough to be harmful? Therein lies this debate. There are not enough m studies to provide strong evidence, I suspect.

I wrote about this in more considerable length in the past. The context was similar. This included a discussion about another university that banned Wi-Fi. As I said before, some would dislike the fact that I point out such stories which I have read. Last year I read a study which concluded that heavy cellphone use (an hour a day roughly) can increase the chance of developing brain tumour. The side of the brain that’s closer to the phone (depending on whether you are left- or right-handed) is 260% more likely to develop tumours. That in its own right was enough to persuade me to boycott cellphones.

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