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Plants won't grow near a Wi-Fi router

Posted on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 | Comment icon 53 comments | News tip by: seeder

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Five girls from Denmark conducted a prize-winning experiment to gauge the effect of mobile phones.

The ninth-graders got the idea for the research after noticing that they had difficulty concentrating during the day if they slept with a mobile phone near their head the night before. While their goal was to test the effect of cellphone radiation on humans, a lack of appropriate equipment meant that they had to settle for testing the effect on plants instead.

Several trays of cress seeds were left in two rooms, one of which being exposed to mobile phone radiation. After twelve days the results were particularly damning - the trays in the regular room had grown without any problems while the trays in the room exposed to radiation had failed to grow at all. The results won the girls a regional science prize and now scientists are looking to replicate the experiment under controlled laboratory conditions to find out if cellphone radiation is really as harmful as their experiment seems to suggest.

"Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results."

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Comment icon #44 Posted by FurthurBB on 29 May, 2013, 12:41
To cause cancer radiation has to have small enough waves to invade cells and damage DNA. Cell phones and routers do not have small enough waves no matter the anecdotal evidence.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Sundew on 29 May, 2013, 18:17
That may be true, however it does not explain the results of the seed germination in the experiment. This assumes the test of science of course: that it is testable, verifiable, repeatable and falsifiable. If it meets these criteria then these larger wavelengths do have at least some effect on living organisms, even if plants are not human beings.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Oppono Astos on 30 May, 2013, 20:13
I have two routers running wi-fi at home, no effect on nearby houseplants
Comment icon #47 Posted by seeder on 30 May, 2013, 20:42
I love my plants and I have a cactus right next to my router, and its doing as well as it ever did, better in fact, it now hisses at the cat, turns itself around, and catches flies! But joking aside, maybe its just a cress thing?
Comment icon #48 Posted by Dark_Grey on 30 May, 2013, 20:46
Comment icon #49 Posted by third_eye on 30 May, 2013, 22:38
seedlings demonstrates the effects better than mature plants .... if you can tell how healthy your plants are ... you may see that its not as healthy as before .... ~
Comment icon #50 Posted by Troublehalf on 31 May, 2013, 9:24
Indeed you did. My last bit was not directed at you, but in general. I know my post started off with "sorry it's fake" and citing you personally, but after the links, it was more how the video has caused so much hysteria when you could try it yourself and find out it doesn't do anything. I believe it was an advert for hands-free headsets, it worked very well. So, yeah, sorry I gave the wrong end of the stick, very hard to post comments when you're tired and doing other things
Comment icon #51 Posted by seeder on 31 May, 2013, 9:26
No worries, Ive done similar myself!!
Comment icon #52 Posted by sam_comm on 3 June, 2013, 4:16
The long term effect is I think what is most concerning. Phone compagnies and health officials did not wash all doubts away from me as to whether or not the regular use of a cellphone is harmful. The studies are not that clear and there are confusing reports out there. There seems to be not enough data just yet. Perhaps time will tell. There may be very small level of radiation out of a cellphone but if one puts it on his head every single day for over 10 or 20 years that may become harmful in the long term. You brain is directly exposed to that source of radiation. The use of a cellphone wi... [More]

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