Studies suggest cellphone use link to cancer

Cellphone Cancer Link Found in Government StudyMy renewed interest on the topic of cellphone use and cancer was stirred up by various news sources today quoting a Wall Street Journal article, Cellphone Cancer Link Found in Government Study (WSJ May 27, 2016).

The report is not someone's opinion, it is a multiyear, peer-reviewed study that found low incidences of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones
“Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement,” said Ron Melnick, who ran the NTP project until retiring in 2009 and recently reviewed the study’s results.

What's the harm in some cautious concern?

I have worked in various forms of radio technology. I worked in nuclear, biological, and chemical defense. There are numerous studies raising concerns about the potential dangers of exposure to EMF, Electromagnetic Fields. I wonder what are the long term risks to continuous exposure.

There are many more types of various wireless technology and EMF in our environment today than there was 30 years ago. Do you ever wonder about possible health risks? I've always said when it comes to various forms of wireless technology, what's the harm in some cautious concern?

Like many dangers in our world, the risks are often dismissed as nothing serious. I've made comments in various online forums over the years that I don't think people should quickly dismiss the possible health risks. But the internet is full of experts with opinions. Because I don't have a degree in physics or medicine my remarks raising questions on the possible health risks are often jumped on by "experts" who quickly state, "No. Not at all. It's not possible."

In search of cult heroes and forgotten geeks the truth is out there

In search of cult heroes and forgotten geeksWhen studying famous geeks, it is interesting to see how some inventors and scientists rise to the level of cult heroes, while others are totally forgotten. There are times where it appears that the Internet has given birth to the World Wide Weird with all the myths and legends. 

I started frequenting Quora about a year ago to get ideas for my Geek History website. The question and answer website Quora allows users to ask questions that are answered by its community of users. I wanted to see what kind of questions were typically being asked. There is so much hype and misinformation there, especially on topics like inventor Nikola Tesla, who is worshiped there like a god.

The cult hero status of Tesla on Quora is amazing.  I recently asked someone who was not a regular on Quora to visit Quora specifically to look at all the questions on Tesla, and he was amazed with all the questions, as well as all the mis-information being presented.

The fascination with Nikola Tesla may appear to be a more recent event on the internet because of sites like Quora, but that is in the context of the internet itself being a relatively new vehicle to discuss mysteries and conspiracy theories.  Many of the myths and legends that many websites now present as new discoveries of lost information have been around awhile.

The history of strange science

I have been interested in science and science fiction since the 1970s. Different topics seem to rise and fall from time to time over the years. Topics such as UFOs and conspiracy theories that I remember from various popular books and magazines in the 1970s and 1980s, are now being created as websites on the internet.


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