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The chair of a working group from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said yesterday that cell phone use should be considered “possibly carcinogenic.” The W.H.O. is the most significant body to classify the radiation emitted by cell phones in this way.
Nathaniel Rich, author of the novel The Mayor’s Tongue, wrote about the debate over whether cell phones cause cancer in the May 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine. His article is available, for free, at http://harpers.org/archive/2010/05/0082932. You can also download the free PDF from our archives. (And of course you can subscribe here to get free access to more than 160 years of Harper’s Magazine.)
For those interested in getting additional context on the cell phone news, Cancer Research UK has posted an excellent piece contextualizing the W.H.O.’s findings.
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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