CHANDIGARH, Oct 8: It is not quite the fastest way to cook an egg, but researchers have found that if a raw egg is placed in between four switched-on cell phones, it will be ready to eat in about 80 minutes.
Researchers at Panjab University studying the impact of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile cell phone devices on living matter, have found that the radiation adversely affect tiny insects, wheat and mustard grains, in addition to eggs.
Scientists have already linked the extinction of common birds like the house sparrow to the excessive electromagnetic radiation in the environment.
According to the researchers, Mr VP Sharma, Dr RK Kohli, Dr HP Singh, and Dr Upma Baghei, the radiation released by the mobile devices have two kinds of effect - thermal effect and non-thermal radiation effect.
These rays, the same as those in a microwave oven, generate heat and adversely affect seed germination in plants and impair cell expansion.
In the experiments, the mobile phones were connected to pre-recorded tapes and four of them were kept live with an egg in the middle. After around 80 minutes, the egg was found to be hard-boiled. The research is in its final stages and the effects of EM waves are being studied on enzymes, cells and top layers of plants. "The idea is to sensitise people about the harmful effects of using mobile phones and living in close proximity to cellphone tower," said Dr RK Kohli.
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Posted: Oct 09, 2008 at 0152 hrs IST
Chandigarh, October 8 A study with an aim to sensitise the general public on the ill effects of excessive cell-phone usage caused by electromagnetic radiation has been recently conducted at Panjab University (PU).
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