There's a gem on MSN's front page
today. It's the second link in the rotating graphic-promo, but because it'll probably change here's the image:
Curious, I checked out the article
. I was hoping they could tell me the amount of alpha-, beta-, and gamma-radiation emitted from my phone, and the number of curies/becquerels of radioactive or unstable isotopes within.
Funny, they're talking about radiation. As in, electromagnetic radiation. Light. Gamma rays are E-M radiation, but they're very, very high frequency light (and hence, high energy
light. Gamma rays have an energy of at least 10,000 eV.
Most cellular phones emit photons at a frequency no higher than 2 GHz, which a quick calculation (learned in any high school chemistry or physics class) will show you is an energy of 0.000 008 3 eV.
Although there are guidelines for the amount of RF signal from a phone which will be absorbed by the body, no causal link between this radiation and any health problems has been shown. So not only have the radiation hazards of cell phones never been proven, but then MSN tries to tell us that the energy of the photons coming out of my phone is 109
times worse than it really is.
Good job, MSN. Way to keep people freaked out about something that scares them and they don't understand. And, obviously, something you don't understand: radiation and radioactivity are not at all the same thing.