MSNBC is interviewing their Science Correspondent on the subject of cancer from cell phones. He stated correctly that there's little reliable research making the connection. He then stated incorrectly and deceptively that the amount of radiation you get from a cell phone is the same as the radiation you get from a flashlight.
In terms of watts per square centimeter this may be about right, but he's missed the most important variable: the frequency of the waves.
A flashlight emits only visible light, which doesn't penetrate and interact with bones and tissues. Thus a flashlight has no possible effect on our tissues unless it's used as a baton. A cell phone radiates electromagnetic waves in the range of 800 MHz, which penetrates a few inches into tissues and wiggles atoms around. It is thus capable of heating or potentially causing chemical reactions in the tissues. In other words, its effect on our innards is more like a microwave oven than a flashlight.
This doesn't prove that cell phones cause cancer, but it emphatically allows the possibility.
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Later: Fox covered the same story without the same stupidity. Their Dr Alvarez observed that brain tumors have recently become much more common than before, which tends to support the connection. Comrade Shep said "But what are we going to do? We all use cell phones."
What you mean we
, extrovert man? I've never owned a cell phone, never even touched one. Not from fear of cancer, only because I don't need to talk all the time. I use a phone once a month or so, to make dental appointments or other arrangements that can't be handled online. My standard dosage of conversation is around one hour per year, so I truly don't understand people who need to talk one hour per hour.
I'll also admit having a direct bias against the gadgets, since the young dickhead who mashed me with his SUV last year was gabbing to his girlfriend on his cellphone at the time.