Experts say we now have "clear evidence" cell phone radiation causes cancer in rats

April 3, 2018 by  
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Does cell phone radiation cause cancer ? There’s no firm answer to that question, but Quartz reported experts show, following three days of peer review sessions over two National Toxicology Program (NTP) draft reports, there is “clear evidence” phone radiation led to heart cancer in rats . NTP’s draft reports came out earlier in 2018; at that time a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) news release said, “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice,” and noted the expert review to take place over March 26 to 28 . Quartz said all the results were then described as equivocal — the scientists didn’t think their information was clear enough to pin down if radiation led to the health effects. Related: Images Show How Much Cell Phone Radiation We Bathe in Every Day Peer reviewers, including toxicologists, engineers, biostaticians, and brain and heart pathologists, scrutinized the data and upgraded multiple conclusions to “some evidence” or “clear evidence,” Quartz said. NTP exposed mice and rats to varying levels of RFR for as long as two years. NIEHS said, “The exposure levels used in the studies were equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today. Cell phones typically emit lower levels of RFR than the maximum level allowed.” We certainly can’t say for sure at this point that cell phone radiation causes cancer in humans. NTP senior scientist John Bucher said in NIEHS’ February news release, “The levels and duration of exposure to RFR were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cell phone use, and exposed the rodents’ whole bodies. So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage. We note, however, that the tumors we saw in these studies are similar to tumors previously reported in some studies of frequent cell phone users.” + National Toxicology Program Draft Reports + National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Via Quartz Images via Hassan OUAJBIR on Unsplash and Matthew Kane on Unsplash

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Honolulu is the first US city to ban using your phone while crossing the street

July 31, 2017 by  
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Most people think they can walk and text, but statistics prove otherwise. Between 2015 and 2016, for instance, there was a 10 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in the United States, likely due to the number of people walking while distracted by their phones. It’s because of this that Honolulu, Hawaii, recently passed legislation that targets  texters and other “smartphone zombies” as they step off the curb. On Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the “Distracted Walking Law” which is the first law of its type to be passed in the U.S. Reuters reports that it passed 7-2 earlier this month by the city council. Said Caldwell, “We hold the unfortunate distinction of being a major city with more pedestrians being hit in crosswalks, particularly our seniors, than almost any other city in the country .” The law will go into effect on October 25, at which time the Honolulu Police Department will begin handing out fines. First-time offenders will receive a $15-$35 fine, second time violates within the same year will be fined $35-$75, and those who are caught a third time will be charged $75-$99. People making calls for emergency services are exempt from the ban. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser , police will implement a three-month training and warning period until the law goes into effect. Related: This Clothing Staple Lets You Make Simple Gestures to Send a Text Maureen Vogel, a spokeswoman for the council, applauded the initiative. She said during a phone interview, “ Cell phones are not just pervading our roadways but pervading our sidewalks too.” Opponents, on the other hand, argue that it “infringes on personal freedom and amounts to government overreach.” Nonetheless, it is expected that the law will result in improved public safety — and that is applaudable. Via Reuters Images via Deposit Photos and  Pixabay

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Recycle Your Cell Phone Already

July 21, 2016 by  
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Cell phone recycling positively impacts the environment. According to About News & Issues, cell phones contain precious metals that should be conserved. Since these materials can be reused, it doesn’t make environmental sense to allow them to…

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MIT’s self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

February 20, 2015 by  
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The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homes ,  self-charging cell phones , and even a variety of self-driving cars . MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe, and working to develop furniture that puts itself together. Whaaaat? Read the rest of MIT’s self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous furniture , chair that assembles itself , MIT , MIT engineering projects , MIT experiments , MIT self-assembly lab , self-assembling chair , underwater self-assembling chair

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How Sprint collects and resells millions of cell phones

August 12, 2013 by  
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The wireless company buys back millions of phones a year with the help of up-to-the-minute values from eRecyclingCorps.

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San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

May 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all new mobile phones sold within the city limits. On Tuesday, the city Board of Supervisors voted to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance. However, the city was quick to point out that legal fees prompted the action, and that fears about the health risks posed by phone radiation still exist. Read the rest of San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cell phones , health hazard , mobile phone industry , radiation , safety , San Francisco , smart phones        

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Sorry, wrong number: AT&T’s recycling claim doesn’t add up

December 6, 2012 by  
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The telecommunications company boasts that its customers broke a world record for recycling cell phones in a one-week period. But is that a true measure of sustainable progress?

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Bacteria-Eating Viruses Could Lead to Cell Phones That Never Need to be Plugged In

August 15, 2012 by  
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Cell Phone Chargers Photo from Shutterstock If you own a cell phone , chances are you charge it up at least once a day from the mains—but research from a team at the University of California could present us with a bizarre, green alternative. The scientists have discovered how to generate power from one of the smallest things on earth: bacteria. More specifically, bacteria-eating viruses, which could provide consistent power to our cell phones without the need for fossil fuels or heavy metals. Read the rest of Bacteria-Eating Viruses Could Lead to Cell Phones That Never Need to be Plugged In Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria energy , bacteria-eating viruses , carbon emissions , cell phones , M13 bacteriophage , piezoelectricity , Seung-Wuk Lee , university of california

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Bike-Powered Machine Strips E-Waste

July 9, 2012 by  
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When European countries are done using their computers, cell phones and other technology, a large chunk of it winds up on west African shores, where locals regularly burn the e-waste’s internal cables to unveil the copper inside. They can then sell…

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Spring of Sustainability

May 14, 2012 by  
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Three-month series of virtual and live events featuring the likes of Bill McKibben, Van Jones and Marc Le Menestrel in free daily teleseminars. www.springofsustainability.com

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