Of course, whether cell phone radiation is a danger at all is a big question.posted by aaron at 1:29 PM on August 9, 2000
I wasn't referring to the wattage needed to drive the headset. The study showed that the wire to the headset acted as an antenna, inadvertantly diverting part of the power of the phone's radio signal up the line into your ear. And according to that study, that increased the amount of radiation going straight into your skull by a factor of three, compared to just holding the phone up to your head normally. (I tracked down where the study came from: The Consumer's Association of the UK.)
>>Also, young children may be at higher risk, as British studies have recently found.<<
They didn't really find much of anything, and fully admitted as much. All they're saying is that, given that we know that the brains of kids are still growing and their skulls are still thickening, anything that did have an effect on the brain would have more of an effect on a child's brain than an adult's. And since "we don't know for sure" whether cell phones are of any risk, let's play safe. It's just a "do it for the children!" thing.
>>I'm generally sick and tired of this "there's no proof ..." argument... [degeneration into anti-capitalism rant snipped]<<
"Common sense" has slowed the acceptance of practically every piece of science in the history of mankind. I suggest you check out junkscience.com.posted by aaron at 9:58 PM on August 9, 2000
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