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3G Waves Causes Headaches, Sharpens Memory

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the like-alcohol-but-different dept.

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jonknee writes "MobileTracker noted that an interesting study on 3G cellular networks has been released out of Amsterdam. The findings were that exposure to 3G waves can cause headaches and nausea (conventional cellular service doesn't have these effects). It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times (conventional cellular networks have the same effect)!"

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Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103143)

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But what about CDMA2000? (1, Interesting)

halo1982 (679554) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103144)

I think this is just WCDMA/UMTS. I'm wondering what the impact of CDMA2000 1xEVDO and 1xEVDV would have, if any (since those may be the primary 3G systems in the US).

Re:But what about CDMA2000? (5, Funny)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103243)

Hmmm, that's interesting, one would thing the residual IRQ going over the PCI would cancel out the WTF that allows people to RTFM, that being the primary cause of people wondering what the heck others just said.

Sharpen the brains is good there... (1, Funny)

DavidpFitz (136265) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103146)

With all that weed smoked in Amsterdam, they can do with all the brain sharpening they can get!

Maybe this will balance them out a bit :-)

Re:Sharpen the brains is good there... (3, Funny)

hanwen (8589) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103181)

With all that weed smoked in Amsterdam, they can do with all the brain sharpening they can get!

bollocks, it's all those bloody tourists getting high.

Re:Sharpen the brains is good there... (2, Funny)

lanswitch (705539) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103188)

Right now i'm nauseaus and I feel a headache coming on. It culd be because I'm near Amsterdam with all its "radio-activity", because of "all the weed" I smoked today, or because of the sillyness of your remark. I'm off to puke while you make the decision.

btw is that jealousy I sense?

Re:Sharpen the brains is good there... (1)

DavidpFitz (136265) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103409)

I'm off to puke while you make the decision.

It's a joke...

With any luck the radio-activity you speak of will implant a sense of humour into you :-)

Oh, for your benefit, that was a joke too.

Re:Sharpen the brains is good there... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103435)

With all that weed smoked in Amsterdam, they can do with all the brain sharpening they can get!

Maybe this will balance them out a bit :-)


I know you were joking, but isn't it about time we pushed the 'neurotoxic' myth about marijuana out of the popular consciousness? It's been disproven many times. The 'study' in which it was found only acheived neurotoxicity by distilling the THC into a fabulously concentrated form and then feeding rats the equivalent of 30 times their own body weight at once. I submit that 30 times one's weight in just about anything is detrimental. A more rational study found less deviation in rational thinking, problem solving, and memory between people who never smoked and people who smoked heavily for decades than was their margin for error. (about 3%, IIRC) While it is true that marijuana use produces free radicals, which can be dangerous, it is also true that increasing your anti-oxident intake can easily compensate. I'm not saying there aren't any bad things about marijuana, just that it isn't neurotoxic.

iw as going to comment about weed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103467)

but i forgot what i was going to say

New Marketing Campaign? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103147)

Download pr0n wirelessly, and increase human intelligence!

I, for one, welcome our new pr0n-downloading cellular overlords.

Outstanding (5, Funny)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103151)

Next time I have to take a test, I'll carry an old motorola briefcase phone with me and Make sure it is sending and recieving.

Amsterdam?? (1, Funny)

Mephie (582671) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103154)

Are they sure it's not the hash?

Doh... (5, Funny)

Storebj0rn (692884) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103201)

There is no hash in UMTS, only CRC's.

Re:Amsterdam?? (2, Funny)

bruthasj (175228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103272)

No. It's under the limit heroine of course! Get it now for 9.99 in a special offer that will also enlarge your penis!

Re:Amsterdam?? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103280)

nah it's just that they're NOT using it while they're using the ultra cool 3g networks.

so, their memory gets better and they have headache from depravation...... ..no i don't really know the effects.

Re:Amsterdam?? (1)

hanssprudel (323035) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103335)

Faster reaction times, and better memory. Uh-huh, sounds like hash alright... Really...

Re:Amsterdam?? (1)

Frans Faase (648933) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103440)

Although the press messages was made from Amsterdam, it doesn't mean the research was done there. And although hash is freely available in almost every major city in the Netherlands, it doesn't mean that all Dutch are smoking pot every day. That would be the same as saying that all Americans over 18 are drunken, because they can buy beer in every city (except Utah).

Re:Amsterdam?? (1)

Mephie (582671) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103462)

Welcome to slashdot. Please leave your sense of humor (humour) at the door.

Not for me (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103156)

Considering my failure to achieve first post, the nearest 3G transmitter must be miles away.

alertness (3, Interesting)

avandesande (143899) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103157)

could be the bodies reaction to brain damage.

Re:alertness (1, Interesting)

ComaVN (325750) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103166)

That is frightningly true.

Re:alertness (3, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103216)

Could be the heat making blood and other chemicals fire quicker. However, I'm reminded of the short story `Flowers for Algernon`...

Re:alertness (1)

untaken_name (660789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103355)

Could be the heat making blood and other chemicals fire quicker. However, I'm reminded of the short story `Flowers for Algernon`...

It's either funny or sad, but the first thing that came to my mind was the crayon removal episode of the simpsons. Yes, yes, I realize it paralleled Flowers for Algernon, yes I read FfA long before the simpsons ever started....but for better or worse, that show stuck out in my mind more than the beautifully written and heart-wrenching source material. Sorry for the OT post.

Re:alertness (5, Funny)

slykens (85844) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103321)

could be the bodies reaction to brain damage.

Yes, you see, it is true the brain is like a herd of buffalo.

You see, a herd of buffalo can only move as fast as its slowest members. When those members are killed the entire herd moves faster. So when (alcohol, 3G RF, other substances) kill off the slower brain cells the entire brain operates more efficiently!

Speaking realistically, however, I occasionally have the opportunity to visit a building roof mounted cell site and when I do I always come away with a very dull headache. This is an 800 MHz primarily but there is some 1900 MHz there too.

Re:alertness (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103350)

Yes, you see, it is true the brain is like a herd of buffalo.

You see, a herd of buffalo can only move as fast as its slowest members. When those members are killed the entire herd moves faster. So when (alcohol, 3G RF, other substances) kill off the slower brain cells the entire brain operates more efficiently!


I've heard this before, but don't think it's correct.. the neural firing rate isn't (on the whole) in a lock-step with the slowest members. With feedback loops, you needn't worry that some events trigger slower than others - it's even possible that this is necessary in some ways.

Just my 2 rupees.

Re:alertness (1)

Dread_ed (260158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103333)

It could be. In fact, Homeopathy (IIRC) works in a way that might prove this true.

An example of homeopathy goes like this: If you want to sleep, give yourself a small quantity of a STIMULANT. Your body will try to counteract the stimulant and return itself to equilibrium. Because the amount of stimulant is small your biological reaction to it will be more than is necessary to counteract the stimulant and the result will me a natural depressant effect.

In the case of the G3 phone, the body may be reacting to brain dammage in a similar way, ie. a small amount of brain dammage causes the body to compensate, but overcompensation results in benefits.

If this is actually the case then the only question I have is how long will I be able to dominate my favorite Quake server before my brain turns to marmalade.

Re:alertness (2, Informative)

skaffen42 (579313) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103408)

Except that homeopathy doesn't work. Never has. Never will.

Re:alertness (1)

xanadu-xtroot.com (450073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103441)

If you want to sleep, give yourself a small quantity of a STIMULANT.

So you're suggesting that a few lines of coke will put me to sleep? Yea... uh...

Re:alertness (2, Funny)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103448)

I've been using a cell phone for the last few years and I don't feel dain bramaged at all.

Whoo Hoo! (2, Funny)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103159)

It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times

Screw studying for that test, I'm going to talk to my friends on my cell phone all night!

Re:Whoo Hoo! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103219)

Sometime ago, I have been told that 3G Waves could cause short-term lack of memory, but I cant really remember if that has happened to me.

Brain Tumours (3, Insightful)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103169)

Here's the same story [yahoo.com] on yahoo.
The article says that no scientific evidence exists for a link between 2G signals and brain tumours. But, what about 3G signals? If they can cause headache and nausea, I think you can reasonably expect it to have other effects such as malignant tumours. It's time to take a step back and study 3G more before massive deployment. There is no pressing need to surf porn or whatever faster on your cellphone.

Re:Brain Tumours (4, Insightful)

lordpixel (22352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103263)

> If they can cause headache and nausea,
>I think you can reasonably expect it to have other
>effects such as malignant tumours

Wow. Turning myself upside down for 2 minutes can give me headaches and nausea. So can drinking beer!

I must "reasonably expect" those to give me brain tumours too!

Seriously though, there may or may not be a more serious problem than headaches, but there's precisely no evidence of that being presented, is there? (by the sounds of it, there's so few details no one can definatively say anything)

Re:Brain Tumours (4, Insightful)

ukyoCE (106879) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103336)

I dont know if being upside down or drinking beer will cause tumors, but if you did either for as long every day as people are subjected to wireless signals you'd fuck yourself up pretty badly.

Re:Brain Tumours (1)

Tracker09 (705568) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103312)

Hit the nail on the head with that one.

There ARE several good uses for 3G... (1)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103383)

Often times I find myself using my phone to..@#$@#$NO CARRIER

Re:Brain Tumours (1)

tiled_rainbows (686195) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103422)

Might shielding oneself against cellphone-induced brain-tumors be a worthwhile application for a tinfoil hat?

I'm only semi-joking. Less than that. I'm 70% serious. I can imagine people wearing special "Antiradiation hats" to make cellphone calls.

ug... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103170)


It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times (conventional cellular networks have the same effect)!"

Now if I could only remember I left my cell phone...

Talk and drive (5, Funny)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103178)

It looks like the idea that using a cell phone is detrimental to driving performance is faulty. Since Reaction times are dramatically improved, I expect that within a few years you will be required to use a cell phone while driving.

So you remember you need to get to the meeting,... (3, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103186)

but you're too dizzy and unstable to make it. So you call in instead, using your 3G cellular phone.

GENIUS!

Typical Slashdot Grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103191)

3G Waves Causes Headaches, Sharpens Memory

3G Waves Cause Headaches, Sharpen Memory

Not so tough, is it?

Re:Typical Slashdot Grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103339)

Not for you maybe!!! You Grammatically Neat Uniform English (GNU/English) zealots aren't helping the average Joe to pick up English at all. That's why I stick with Meaningless Sputtering (MS). It has the highest mind share for a reason, it requires no education and is easy enough for anyone with a set of lungs and lips to use. When English becomes just a bunch of incoherent sounds and random glyphs then I'll consider switching.

Re:Typical Slashdot Grammar (1)

calethix (537786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103357)

3G Waves Causes Headaches and Bad Grammars, Sharpens Memory

So, where's the study? (2, Insightful)

terrencefw (605681) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103194)

Ummm... the link's to a Wired article that doesn't say any more about the study than the Slashdot story does. Is the actual study available anywhere?

Re:So, where's the study? (1)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103270)

Here's an article [www.ez.nl] on the Dutch economic ministry's website (if you can read dutch)

Re:So, where's the study? (1)

it0 (567968) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103290)

No, I don't but the study has been done by TNO which has a very good reputation for being objective and thorough.

Re:So, where's the study? (3, Informative)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103320)

Here you go: a management summary [www.tno.nl] of the study, and more about the tests [www.tno.nl] . Both in Dutch only, sorry.

The complete study can be found on the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, here [www.ez.nl] . This one's in English; don't be fooled by the Dutch management summary that is included at the start of the document.

Re:So, where's the study? (2, Informative)

ruudn (124212) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103330)

TNO Report (english, pdf) [www.ez.nl]

click on 'Onderzoek'

Not giving the direct link to prevent their server from going down (it's a 1.8 MB file)

Ruud

Re:So, where's the study? (1)

ruudn (124212) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103351)

Grrr - click 'Documenten' on the right first, then 'Onderzoek'....

sorry bout that

Headaches (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103198)

...can cause headaches and nausea (conventional cellular service doesn't have these effects)

Obviously the writer of this article has never dealt with Verizon (or many other telecomm companies).

Memory. (0)

banzai75 (310300) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103203)

Can you hear me now?

Hey shut up! I f*%king heard you the first time!

Amsterdam (5, Funny)

nitz7978 (712386) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103205)

Is yet another symptom of "3g" the munchies?

I, for one... (2, Interesting)

pope1 (40057) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103206)

Welcome our Cellular Network Enhanced Overlords.

*ahem*

On a serious note, were the results of this study
pusblished in any credible medical journal?

Cell phone *sharpens* the senses? Seems just a little crazy to me.

Re:I, for one... (5, Interesting)

sql*kitten (1359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103340)

Cell phone *sharpens* the senses? Seems just a little crazy to me.

Heating the brain a little is how it does it. Some of the body's subsystems work more efficiently when warmer than normal operating temperature (that's what a fever is: your body optimizing for fighting infection). Unfortunately, the optimal temperature is not the same for every subsystem, which is why the normal overall blood temperature is 37C. And there's no feedback between the subsystems: to fight infection, your immune system doesn't care if it damages your brain - that's why we cool the heads of people with fevers. So while one part of your brain may work better when a little warmer, there's no telling what the long term effects might be on other parts.

Balancing while wretching (1)

krypticide (589771) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103208)

How can one be able to recall anything from memory when you're nauseous and perhaps vomiting? Maybe you can spell out the answer with your heaves...

Sound like a pharmaceutical comercial (1)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103209)

May cause itchiness, rashes, nausea, bloating... Side effects also common in use of the sugar wave. Use only as directed.

I hear 'em (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103235)

To be honest, my head hurts when I am on my cell phone. In fact, I can "feel" something when I put it near my head. Not sure if it is bad for me, but it does hurt a bit.

They must be talking to my ex-girlfriends... (1)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103232)

Everytime I talk to them on my cellphone I get headaches too.

Re:They must be talking to my ex-girlfriends... (4, Funny)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103354)

It also sharpens my memory... I remember why I broke up with them!

Re:They must be talking to my ex-girlfriends... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103404)

don't lie to us, you've never had a girlfriend.

Quicker reaction times...egads (1)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103249)

"subjects had better memory and reaction times"

Oh great. Does that mean all those soccer moms driving around in their Ticonderoga Class SUVs chatting away on the phone will get into accidents quicker now? Yay! "I'm just out shopping. I've got a splitting headache though. Oh look, I just ran over a small car. Quick! Get out of here!" Egads...

Re:Quicker reaction times...egads (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103303)

Does that mean all those soccer moms driving around in their Ticonderoga Class SUVs chatting away on the phone will get into accidents quicker now?

Your unfunny joke makes no sense. Faster reaction times would reduce the number of accidents.

Re:Quicker reaction times...egads (1)

toddestan (632714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103410)

The distraction caused by a cellphone when driving will far outweigh any benifits that having 3G waves beamed through your head will give you.

This is great. Not only do we have to put up with drivers talking on cellphones, we now have to put up with them thinking they are better drivers because of it.

Link to the report (in Dutch) (5, Informative)

DeBaas (470886) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103266)

http://www.tno.nl/nieuws/archief/documenten/tno_fe l_report_03148mu.pdf

TNO is the Dutch equivalent of the German TUV if I'm not mistaken. A very respected institute in the Netherlands

Re:Link to the report (in Dutch) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103385)

TNO is the Dutch equivalent of the German TUV if I'm not mistaken. A very respected institute in the Netherlands.

Wow, respected in the Netherlands? Isn't that like saying 'It's the best restaurant in all of England?'
I mean, no matter how you dress it up, english food still sucks and the Netherlands have no science.

TWAPP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103286)

The Whigs were a political party.

3G vs. 2G (2, Informative)

IAR80 (598046) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103287)

It has nothing to do with 2G over 3G as a technology in itself. It has to do with power levels and high frequencies. Meanining a 2400bps chanell at 30Ghz and an EIRP of 60dbw will mess you up pretty bad while an 11Mbps 802.11 17dbm at 2.4Mhz would not hurt you.

Hmmm, I guess that means... (1)

leftie (667677) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103298)

...the phone makes you puke, but you're a lot more likely to be able to remember you are wearing your best shoes and get your feet out of the way of your projectile vomiting before it splatters said shoes.

Bullshit (1)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103300)

Why test the output of the cellular base station? Typical users aren't standing on the cell towers 60 Meters in the air, to get a better connection. This is, at best, a bad experiment. At worst, it's propaganda.

Why not test the output from a handset? The power levels used in cell phones aren't enough to cause real problems, and thus make for a boring study, that's why.

I recommend the researchers just stick to the study of extra strength placebos. [cornell.edu]

--Mike--

Re:Bullshit (1)

IAR80 (598046) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103343)

Yea. Wear our lead helmet to protect you from those nasty 3G waves and will also enlarge your penis.

Re:Bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103361)

RTFA they simulated base station radiation acros the cell, not at the source itself.

Re:Bullshit (1)

dehuit (57744) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103393)

Why test the output of the cellular base station? Typical users aren't standing on the cell towers 60 Meters in the air, to get a better connection. This is, at best, a bad experiment. At worst, it's propaganda.

This research is a result of people worried about cell towers on top of their buildings etc.

I'm sceptical myself about this, but having read the reports in Dutch i must say it looks pretty thorough, certainly not propaganda. For propaganda, the Dutch government would have liked to present other results...

BTW, the tests were conducted at pretty low field strengths, (1 V/m), so it is a pretty spectaculair result the found a significant outcome out of a test group of 36 people.

Good and the Bad (5, Funny)

mindshadow (240798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103301)

Sounds like the movie Phenomenon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117333/) to me... great powers and whatnot, but then you only get laid once and die of a brain tumor... no thanks.

Summary: we can make you smarter, but it'll hurt (1)

inteller (599544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103302)

I can just see it now, all the mobile companies start selling phones that claim to make you smarter in a particular area. The new Nokia 3666 Math Whiz!

Hmm... (1)

Bvardi (620485) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103306)

Headaches and nausea combined with better memory and reaction times.... finally I can remember just how quickly I'm throwing up!

Can't wait for the 4G waves to come out (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103307)

The 4G waves will enhance previous brainwave mutations by at least 40%, although AMD and Intel are planning to release a similar product by Q4. :) ha ha

RTFA (2, Funny)

$eRvmanIO (302817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103308)

Let's see...

The study, the first of its kind, tested the impact of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile telephone network...

That's exactly what I do everyday...I hang around cell phone towers everyday to sharpen my memory and response times!

Riiiigghht

Improved what now? (1)

i0chondriac (310892) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103325)

So it improves memory and reaction times...

Why can't it make drivers remember to use their freakin' turn signals?

Different modes for different uses (2, Insightful)

Dan East (318230) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103327)

Why is the higher bandwidth needed for voice communication, which is when you are holding the device to the side of your head? Shouldn't the phone be smart enough to fall back on some slower connectivity for voice, and only use the higher speed network for data access? At least you aren't holding the thing next to your brain when you are surfing the web or using it for PDA / laptop connectivity, which is when the bandwidth is needed.

Dan East

I don't carrry a cell phone any more... (0)

neilb78 (557698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103331)

...but I can't remember why?

Yeah, right... (1)

KentoNET (465732) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103332)

Explain my grandmother's case then. She talks on her cell all the time and still can't remember half the day. :-P

Fools! (4, Funny)

kinnell (607819) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103334)

You all laughed at me and my tinfoil beanie, but who's laughing now? Eh? Eh?

Re:Fools! (1)

DemonMucha (553040) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103458)

Dohh... God damn scroll mouse!! Forgive me.... it was MEANT to be funny, not troll. If I only didn't use all my moderator points...

since i often carry my phone in my pocket... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103341)

Have they done tests to see what other extra benefits they may have? Maybe I can disregard all of that penis enlargement spam.

finally vindicated! (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103366)

It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times (conventional cellular networks have the same effect)!"

Thank you! now I have proof that I am not crazy because I have 6 cellphones duct-taped to my head.

now I need to tape the article to my chest...

Better response time (1)

Mephie (582671) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103368)

Maybe that's because of multi-tasking? Back in the day, all you did while you were on the phone was sit around in your living room and maybe watch TV in the background. Now, with cell phones, we talk on the phone while we're walking around, driving, shopping, pretty much everything.

I'd think that would help reaction times when we're actually focusing on a single task.

I have to wonder (1)

novakane007 (154885) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103380)

Am I the only only that is a bit skeptical of this report? There's never been any conclusive evidence to show that cell phones have an effect on the users brain. I just can't see how this idea would be possible... Maybe if I start using a 3G phone I'll wise up to the theory.

I wonder... (1)

kaellinn18 (707759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103400)

...if they used the plastic candy filled phones from the drug stores as a kind of technological placebo. I can remember feeling pretty nauseous on some Halloweens where I ate a little too much candy.

It's True (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103402)

It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times (conventional cellular networks have the same effect)!

I've known of this effect for some time. That's why I've rigged up a bunch of microwave oven magnetrons in my office for mood lighting.

I code more effectively, and my gaming skillz have massively improved. The only drawback is that I now give off a strong odor of singed hair, and my fingertips and toes have become somewhat crispy.

Cell phones causing headaches? (1)

dnaboy (569188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103405)

My boss must have their cell phone number too...

can you hear me now (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103411)

BLOAAAAAAAARRRRRGH

Your attention please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7103419)

This is stupid.

Thank you. Move along, please.

But why! (2, Funny)

DigitalBubblebath (708955) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103424)

However, cognitive functions such as memory and response times were boosted by both 3G signals and the current ones, the study found.

Well fair enough then. That might be true, but I do wonder how and why they decided to test that.

"Nausea, headaches, loss of appetite ... check.
Abandonment of self-awareness and general consideration in public places ... check
Ability to memorise deck of cards ... check
Limb mutation .. uhh ... check"

I am A FricKin JEAN-YUS! (2, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103428)

After reading this article, I have attained super-smarts by poining my Airport Extreme Cantenna directly at my frontal lobes.

I'm getting a nice tan and I know the theories behind it! Wow - did you guys know that you can look at the sun and get the same effect? I have also discovered that my reaction time to getting modded down has been reduced to mere minutes!

This is truly a golden age, and not some wireless corporation's self-serving sponsored study. Say that 10 times fast - I can!

I can fly too - you guys gotta try this!!

Yea, right (1)

dimer0 (461593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103429)

It also found that those same subjects had better memory and reaction times (conventional cellular networks have the same effect)!

So, cell phone users have better memory and reaction times?

I would argue this has absolutely nothing to do with the phone itself, rather the fact that people WITHOUT cellphones are, well, either very old, very young, or a bit 'slower' than your normal person.

Another tainted fact.

hrmm (1)

kisrael (134664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103445)

I guess it doesn't count as "3G", but for one job in mid-2000 I was playing with this clip-on cellular modem for the Palm, and I found a pretty high correlation to feeling headachey and using the damn thing..can't remember the name of the product though (Hmm! Another symptom?)

Seriously, I'm a little wary when I read that biologist pointing out that we are essentially conducting a massive study of radiation on humans consisting of the entire population of cellphone users. Maybe we should all get tin hats after all.

Heacaches (1)

jjmcwill (3739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103452)

I use a Motorola 120C phone on Verizon.

I always get headaches when using it as a normal phone pressed up against my ear.

I now use a hands-free headset as much as possible, just like Maury Ballstein from "Zoolander".

Great.. More junk science.. (3, Informative)

brain1 (699194) | more than 10 years ago | (#7103466)

Great - they're at it again. There is absolutely no proven link between the minute RF field radiated by a handset and health problems. Basically there is too little energy for measurable tissue heating, the electromagnetic field is too weak to induce currents in the brain proper.

What everyone seems to forget is the fact we live in an ocean of pretty powerful RF energy that ranges from VLF (very low frequency) up to the microwave region (SHF). Every time you turn on an appliance you are exposing yourself to magnetic and RF fields magnitudes greater than that of a cell phone handset. Drive past a broadcast station and you're exposed to a field density measured in volts per meter, not millivolts. To put it perspective, your common FM broadcast station operates between 5 and 100 kilowatts ERP (effective radiated power). A television transmitter can operate up to 2-4 Megawatts of ERP. Where is the uproar over that?

Your common cellphone operates at a modest 3 watts (for car-mounted 800 mhz units) to a puny .1 to 100 milliwatts for the hand-held PCS units. That's barely enough to dimly light a flashlight bulb.

Remember these facts: You live in an ocean of electromagnetic energy. A bolt of lightning radiates tremendous RF energy. Mother earth gives off VLF emissions herself. The sun bathes you in RF in the microwave region. And have you cleaned those gaskets around the door of your microwave oven? It operates at 800 to 1000 watts of power at 2.4 GHz. All it takes is a grungy gasket or a bent door and your taking on watts of very effective heating.

I am the holder of a First Class FCC license, an Extra Class amateur license, and have worked with broadcast, land mobile, fixed service, radar, and amateur radio for decades. I have never experienced, nor have I ever encountered anyone who has experienced a health related problems for working in a high RF field. People are more likely to be injured from high voltage, burns, and mechanical means.

Please stop trying to get funding by spreading this faux academic nonsense. Quit manipulating data to make yourselves look right and then run out and cry the sky is falling. We're all tired of this and have heard quite enough.
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