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Can WiFi Signals Kill Plants?

Noteworthy science isn’t only reserved for grant funded research studies.

A team of ninth grade students from Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark have created an international buzz among the realm of the scientifically involved.

Lea Nielsen, Mathilde Nielsen, Signe Nielsen, Sisse Coltau and Rikke Berg recently decided to investigate WiFi routers and their effect, if any, on plant life for a class science project. Their findings are profoundly interesting. Similar published studies have also been done, many with related results.

They had the idea for the study when they thought about their nightly cellphone habits, which sometimes included sleeping with them within close proximity to their heads. The recounted that when they did sleep with the devices near their head area that they seemed to notice a lack of focus the following day.

Using what means they had, they set out to perform an investigation into specifically whether or not wireless signals emitted from WiFi routers would affect plant life.

The team planted two differently located seed plantings, a variety of garden cress, each containing six trays. One was put in a room that did not contain a WiFi router and the other six trays were placed next to what they considered to be the equivalent to a typical cellphone, two WiFi routers.

They observed the plants for twelve days, caring for each group in the same manner during the process.

It was found that the seeds that were not placed near WiFi routers had normal growth patterns, but the ones planted next to routers did not. Many that were placed near routers actually turned brown and died.

Can WiFi Signals Kill Plants?

Image source: www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Andre_sprog/English/2013/05/17/130946.htm

Can WiFi Signals Kill Plants?

The original report, “Study of non-thermal effects of mobile phone radiation” can be found here, and the presentation can be found on their pdf.

While findings are preliminary, and the study would essentially need to be replicated in a clinical research setting, scientists are reportedly interested in initiating comparable studies, which would be exciting to hear about.

Pertinent research seeks to further understanding of important issues and answer relevant queries. Students who demonstrate the initiative it takes to carry out methodical investigations are inspiring, and promising for the future of research and other fields.

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