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25/09/2006 - GSM Phone Radiation causes tissue damage in Rats

A recent study in Turkey found that GSM electromagnetic radiation can cause Oxidative Stress, a form of tissue damage, in rats.

If this is true (and the statistical significance of some of their results is extremely good: p < 0.0001) then this is further experimental evidence that GSM microwave signals can cause non-thermal biological effects, albeit in rats. The exposure level that the rats were exposed to (converted from W/m2 to about 38 V/m) is above what people would experience living in a normal urban environment, but considerably lower than ICNIRP guidelines and at a level that could quite easily be received by the head of a person using a standard GSM mobile phone.

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Germans worried about the health effects of mobiles

There are now more mobile phones in Germany than there are Germans yet a new poll shows most Germans are convinced their mobiles are slowly killing them.

A whopping 55 per cent said they believe cell phones emit harmful levels of electromagnetic and low-level microwave radiation. Germans even have a word for this unseen killer: "Elektrosmog."

And that Elektrosmog percentage level was nationwide, both rural and urban. In urban areas the angst levels are much higher. In the major port of Hamburg, which has a population of nearly 2 million, Emnid researchers found that 82 per cent are convinced their mobiles pose a serious health threat.

Read the full news story on the Expatica website

Milton Keynes gets WiMAX and Norwich gets WiFi

Milton Keynes will be the first place in the UK to enjoy city-wide wireless super-broadband.

Pipex, with the help of Intel and Airspan Networks, is setting up a WiMAX network which should be working within a month.

The same group has already tested the technology in Stratford-upon-Avon. It found it could provide almost symmetric speeds both inside and outside. Using external aerials, researchers managed speeds of 9Mbps up and 10 Mbps down, 1.2km from the base station.

The people of Norwich should be enjoying the pleasures of free Wi-Fi today thanks to a project backed by Norfolk County Council and the East of England Development Agency.

The £1.1m project covers 30 square kilometres - most of Norwich city centre, outlying business parks, the hospital, and the University of East Anglia.

The network provides free access to public sector workers and the general public. But access is limited to 256Kbps so the network won't compete with commercial providers. Public sector workers will have internet access at 1Mbps.

Read the WiMAX and the WiFi stories on "The Register"

Raytheon produce effective public microwave weaponry

From the Raytheon website:

"The Silent Guardian(tm) protection system is a revolutionary less-than-lethal directed energy application that employs millimeter wave technology to repel individuals or crowds without causing injury. The system provides a zone of protection that saves lives, protects assets and minimises collateral damage. Silent Guardian produces precise effects at longer ranges than current less-than-lethal systems and provides real-time ability to establish intent and de-escalate aggression. Various commercial and military applications include law enforcement, checkpoint security, facility protection, force protection and peacekeeping missions. The system is available now and ready for action."