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EMF Studies

04 December 2016

Let's Stop the Manipulation of Science

Let’s stop the manipulation of science
Le Monde, 29 November 2016

Around a hundred scientists ask Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemn the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.

For decades now, science has come under attack whenever its discoveries raised questions about commercial activities and vested interests. Scientific evidence has been willfully distorted by individuals denying the science and actors sponsored by industry interests creating the false impression of a controversy. This manufacturing of doubt has delayed protective actions, with dangerous consequences for the health of people and the environment.

The “manufacturers of doubt” work across several areas, including the tobacco and petrochemical industries, and the agro-chemical sector. The petrochemical industry alone is the source of thousands of toxic chemicals and contributes to the massive increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide that drives climate change.

As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Elliot Kaye expects to step down as chairman of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission during the Trump administration,
becoming one of the commissioners.  Raquel Zaldivar/NPR
As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change
by Alina Selyukh, npr.org, 
27 November 2016

Picture this: You're at a park, on a walk, with a baby. A friendly middle-aged man approaches you and tells you your stroller could be really dangerous.

You might think this man is crazy. But maybe not if you knew he's the nation's product safety chief.

"I couldn't live with myself if I walked away and it turned out that that child was harmed when I could've just said something," Elliot Kaye says. His voice is soft-spoken and his worldview seems to fluctuate between pride in saving lives and the unease of someone who has seen many things go wrong in unexpected ways. "You can't help it; you just automatically see the hazards."

How Children's Brains Respond to a Late Night Up

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How kids' brains respond to a late night up
medicalexpress.com, 28 November 2016

Any parent can tell you about the consequences of their child not getting enough sleep. But there is far less known about the details of how sleep deprivation affects children's brains and what this means for early brain development.

"The process of sleep may be involved in brain 'wiring' in childhood and thus affect brain maturation," explains Salome Kurth, first author of the study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and a researcher at the University Hospital of Zurich. "This research shows an increase in sleep need in posterior brain regions in children."

This contrasts with what researchers know about the effects of sleep deprivation in adults, where the effect is typically concentrated in the frontal regions of the brain.

Canada: Ontario: The Power Went Out, But the Meter Kept Ticking Along

Smart meters, such as this one, digitally count how much
electricity is used by a particular account.  That information
is sent electronically to Hydro One. (CBC)
Hydro One meter drives up electricity bill during power outage, customer says
by Jeff Walters, CBC News
23 November 2016 

Homeowner logs 130 kilowatt hours, although power was out for most of the weekend

A snowstorm near Thunder Bay, Ont. knocked out power to thousands of Hydro One customers over the past weekend, but the outage didn't stop one meter from counting up the kilowatts, according to a man who keeps a close eye on his electricity use.

Jerome Anderson, who lives just outside the city, says he was without electricity for about 48 hours, but his metre recorded more usage than a typical weekend when the power is on.

The Link Between Electromagnetic Pollution and Lyme Disease and How to Remediate Your Environment for a Faster Recovery

The Link Between Electromagnetic Pollution and Lyme Disease and How to Remediate Your Environment for a Faster Recovery
by Connie Strasheim • www.ProHealth.com • December 2, 2016

We are all awash in a sea of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which come from a variety of sources, including power lines, cell phones, smart meters, Wi-Fi, microwave towers, appliances and other places. Hundreds, if not thousands of studies have proven the detrimental effects of manmade electromagnetic fields upon the body, yet the amount of electromagnetic fields in the environment increases exponentially every year.

What’s more, studies have shown that pathogenic microbes multiply more quickly and act more virulently in the presence of EMFs and that healthy, beneficial bacteria that the body needs to fight disease multiply more slowly. If you have Lyme disease this is important to understand as it means that your recovery can become compromised if you are living in a high-EMF environment.

Thomas Rau, MD of the renowned Swiss Paracelsus Clinic stated in an interview on ElectromagneticHealth.org: “Cultures of normal human endogenous bacterial cultures grow much less when exposed to EMR. They grow less when they are around a mobile phone, a tower or cordless phone. Growing less good bacteria in your body means you will have an overgrowth of bad bacteria that can result in things like Lyme disease. Especially from the east coast of the USA, we have many patients with Lyme.”

03 December 2016

Kazuo Ishiguro: 'We're Coming Close to the Point Where We Can Create People Who are Superior to Others'

“When you get to the point where you can say that person is actually intellectually or physically superior to another person because you have removed certain possibilities for that person getting ill… or because they’re enhanced in other ways, that has enormous implications for very basic values that we have,” said Ishiguro.

Kazuo Ishiguro: 'We’re coming close to the point where we can create people who are superior to others'
by Hannah Devlin, Science correspondent, The Guardian, 2 December 2016
@hannahdev


(Photo):  Kazuo Ishiguro at the Science Museum in London ahead of the opening of a new permanent mathematics gallery, which features a machine to predict coastal storm surges built by his oceanographer father. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardia

Social changes unleashed by new technologies could undermine core human values unless we engage with science, warns author

Imagine a two-tiered society with elite citizens, genetically engineered to be smarter, healthier and to live longer, and an underclass of biologically run-of-the-mill humans. It sounds like the plot of a dystopian novel, but the world could be sleepwalking towards this scenario, according to one of Britain’s most celebrated writers.

Kazuo Ishiguro argues that the social changes unleashed by gene editing technologies, such as Crispr, could undermine core human values.

Children Face Higher Health Risk From Cell Phones

"There are toys being sold to infants and toddlers that are dangerous.  The risk from exposure to any carcinogen is higher in children, and the younger the child, the higher the risk."

Children Face Higher Health Risk From Cell Phones
by Roxanne Nelson, webmd.com,
13 August 2014

The potential harm from microwave radiation (MWR) given off by wireless devices, particularly for children and unborn babies, is the highlight of a new review.

United States: FBI to Gain Expanded Hacking Powers As Senate Effort to Block Fails

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails
by Dustin Volz | WASHINGTON, reuters.com, 1st December 2016

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden attempted three times to delay the changes, which will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. His efforts were blocked by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's second-ranking Republican.

The changes will allow judges to issue warrants in cases when a suspect uses anonymizing technology to conceal the location of his or her computer or for an investigation into a network of hacked or infected computers, such as a botnet.

reSTART Opens First Internet Videogame Addiction Center for Youth in US

[It is such a tragedy that our society has come to this.]

reSTART Opens First Internet Videogame Addiction Center for Youth in US
PrWeb, 17 November 2016

reSTART Life, the leading provider of treatment services for Internet and videogame addiction is opening the first specialized treatment center for adolescents age 13-18 in the Nation. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Serenity Mountain will house 16 teens seeking a healthier relationship with screens in the digital age.

(PRWEB) NOVEMBER 17, 2016

North of Seattle’s tech district, a silent movement is being made to address a growing need. reSTART Life, the pioneer in specialized treatment for Internet and videogame addiction, is opening the nation's first adolescent center dedicated to Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD).

Located at Serenity Mountain, a 32-acre property nestled on a hillside that overlooks the Cascades, the Sky Ridge and Wood Creek residences each offer eight beds making up the 16-bed campus.

The Future of Smart Toys and the Battle for Digital Children

Others worry that some digital worlds are too controlling
and don't encourage a child to use his imagination.
Photo:  Alamy
Annual smart-toy sales worldwide are expected to grow from about $2.8bn in 2015 to $11.3bn by 2020.

The future of smart toys and the battle for digital children
by Zoë Corbyn in San Francisco, The Guardian, 22 September 2016

As smart toys gain popularity, many are hoping that when technology becomes less visible play will come to the fore

Maura Sparks is sitting on stage with a small, blue plastic creature on her lap. This is the first prototype of Smarty, she explains, a voice-controlled digital assistant Sparks hopes to attract funding for and launch in late 2017.

New gadgets are launched every day in San Francisco, but this personal assistant has a twist: it is the first intended purely for children.