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Decoded smartphone movements reveal transport mode

Planes trains, and automobiles – scientists in Finland have worked out how to use accelerometer data from smartphones to reveal which mode of transport a subject is using. As well as applications in surveillance, the new technique could be used to reveal information about the user’s physical activity, personal CO2 -footprint and preferred transit type. […]

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Londoners lead in cell phone crap stakes

British poo boffins say that one-in-six of the cell phones they analyzed was contaminated with fecal matter and E. coli bacteria. The findings, say the researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London, indicate that many people are failing to wash their hands properly with soap after […]

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Cell phones do affect brain, but consequences unknown

Researchers have found that cell phone use is associated with increased brain glucose metabolism (an indicator of brain activity) in the region closest to the antenna, but they say that the finding is of unknown clinical significance. The research, appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Asociation, notes that past studies of the association […]

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Text messaging modifying our emotional responses

Experiments by German psychologists indicate that text messaging is subtly changing the way our brains respond to certain number combinations. Reporting their findings in the journal Psychological Science, the researchers say that just by typing the numbers that correspond to the letters in a word like “love,” we can activate the meaning of that word […]

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Cheap-and-cheerful spectrometer for cell phones

University of Illinois chemistry professor Alexander Scheeline has written software that turns a cell phone with a camera into a spectrometer, one of the most widely used instruments in chemistry for identifying and quantifying materials in both the physical and biological sciences. Scheeline firmly believes the ultra-cheap spectrometer will foster critical thinking in students. “Science […]

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Cell phones reverse Alzheimer’s in mice

A startling new study in mice provides the first evidence that long-term exposure to the electromagnetic emissions from cell phone use may actually protect against – and even reverse – Alzheimer’s disease. The study, led by University of South Florida researchers at the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, was published yesterday in the Journal of […]

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Cell Phones More Expensive Than Hubble Space Comms

A British space scientist has worked out that sending texts (SMS) via cell phone works out to be far more expensive than downloading data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr Nigel Bannister, from the University of Leicester, made the calculations for the UK television program The Mobile Phone Rip-Off. To arrive at his finding, Bannister […]

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New Cell-Phone Cancer Link

An Tel Aviv University study has found that heavy cell phone users are subject to a higher risk of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary gland. Dr. Siegal Sadetzki’s research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, established that heavy cell phone users had an increased risk of about 50 percent for developing a […]

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Cell Phone Radiation Triggers Insomnia

A joint study involving Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and researchers in Sweden has found that cell phone use immediately prior to bedtime disrupts sleep patterns. Wayne’s Bengt Arnetz, M.D. and a team of researchers at the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden found that radiofrequency released from mobile phones appeared […]

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Cell Phones To Blame For Deserted Bee Colonies?

A small study from Landau University in Germany suggests that the navigational capabilities of honeybees may be adversely affected by radiation from GSM cell phones. The findings could provide an answer to the mystery of disappearing bee colonies across the Western world. The cell phone study, conducted by Landau’s Jochen Kuhn, was originally presented at […]

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