Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frisco to require head-cancer warnings

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I use iCoif, the hairstyling app!
  • Photo stolen from Echelon Corp.
  • I use iCoif, the hairstyling app!
“Nobody loves his iPhone more than Mayor Newsom,” says Ton Winnicker, a spokesman for the San Francisco mayor, who enthusiastically supports a proposed city ordinance to require all cell phone retailers to display the "specific absorption rates" of their cell phones. The SAR measures the level of radiation being blasted into your head each time you call Mom.

Wouldn't everyone want to know that? Maybe not, considering it hasn't been proven to make much of a difference. Although the slight differences can vary among phones, the Federal Communications Commission requires every phone in the U.S. to have at or below the maximum SAR rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram. Mr. Newsom's phone (if it's a 3GS) is .79 watts per kilogram. Cool, numbers and decimals. But how much phone-gabbing can lead to brain cancer?

Nobody really knows. With no scientific studies leading to conclusive evidence of hazardous health effects, the label will be just another number. But in the super-green city of SanFran where everyone must compost and plastic bags are banned, the perils of modern technology are taken seriously, man.

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