Effects Of Mobile Phone Radiation

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THE EFFECTS OF MOBILE PHONES Tom Backen Mobile phones first started to appear way back in the late 1970s. Back then they were large, clumsy boxes the size of a suitcase and the word ?mobile? was used very loosely. Today there are over 230 million mobile phones being used all over the planet, each being around a tiny 10cm long. If you connected all these phones end to end you would make a line long enough to do more then ten laps of the planet Pluto. It is only in the last ten years however, that mobile phones have made the biggest advances in becoming the ?essential? tool of convenience. Mobile phones today can perform tasks ranging from taking a photo and sending it to a friend, to communicating with an international GPS satellite to find out where you are exactly on the globe. It is with these phones becoming more compact yet more powerful that serious questions have been raised on their overall safety for the consumer.

Safety issues regarding the radiation emitted by these tiny devices and the effect they can have on humans in the short and long term future.

When you call someone on your Nokia or Ericcson, electromagnetic waves are being sent out. Electromagnetic waves have many different frequencies, one of these frequencies ranges are called microwaves. Your mobile phone uses this frequency of waves. The range of these waves is from 3000Mhz to 3000GigaHz. These microwave frequencies are known to influence human cells by heating them up, similar to a common microwave. Its not uncommon for an ear to feel warm after using a cell phone for extended periods. It wasn?t until 1992 however, that suspicions the effects this form of radiation can have were made public. A lawsuit filed in a Florida court...