Saturday, 20 October 2018

EME Update November 2016

ABC’s Catalyst to change format in 2017 after editorial review of withdrawn Wi-Fi episode

The ABC board has agreed to change the weekly magazine format of its flagship science program and will introduce a series of hour-long specials after an internal review found it had breached editorial polices of impartiality in an episode about Wi-Fi and cancer.

Australian fertility review finds link between phones and sperm count

A new Australian study warns there is now conclusive evidence that men shouldn’t keep their mobile phones in their trouser pockets, but experts worldwide have disputed the validity of previous reviews because the original studies are considered weak and inconclusive.

Heavy mobile phone use in Japan not linked to brain cancer

Heavy mobile phone users in Japan, mostly men in their 30s, haven’t had increased rates of brain cancer that can be explained by their mobile phone use, a new study has found.

Independent experts call for caution after the partial results of US rat study which links mobiles with cancer

Independent scientific experts have called for caution over the preliminary results of a United States study that links rats exposed to radio waves to higher risks of two cancers. They said no health conclusions could be made from a single study’s partial findings and further analysis was required when the full study was released.

Landmark Australian study finds no link between 30 years of mobile phone use and brain cancer

A landmark Australian study found the massive increase in mobile phone use over the past 30 years was not matched by a similar rise in brain cancer cases.

New guide shows business about safer mobile phone use while driving rather than blanket bans

The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) has launched a new guide and campaign – Safer Use of Mobiles in Vehicles (SUMV) – to educate workers and employers about the safer use of mobile phones while driving, rather than advocating blanket mobile phone bans.

Professor Simon Chapman refutes criticisms of his Australian study on brain tumour rates and mobiles use

Simon Chapman, Professor for Public Health at the University of Sydney, has faced criticism after the publication of his landmark study on Australian brain tumour rates and mobile phone use. The research investigated brain tumour rates of the past 29 years and concluded that there has been no significant increase although the number of mobile phones has rapidly risen in Australia.

In-store warnings about mobile phones in California lacks scientific basis and is unlawful says CTIA

The introduction of retailer warnings about holding your mobile too close to your body in the Californian city of Berkeley is not based on scientific evidence and is unlawful, says the CTIA – The Wireless Association, which represents some of the nation’s largest phone manufacturers and carriers, including Apple, Samsung, Verizon and AT&T.

Recalls and aircraft bans have raised concerns about smartphone battery safety

The widely-reported recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has raised concerns about the handling of smartphone batteries and their use on aircraft. This has prompted the mobiles industry to warn consumers to more carefully follow battery care and safe use guidelines they get when they first buy their handset.

Sad or angry drivers at 10 times greater risk of a crash, says new Virginia Tech study

Sad or angry drivers increase their crash risk nearly tenfold when they get behind the wheel, according to a new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. In contrast, fatigue makes a crash three times more likely and talking on a mobile doubles the risk.

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