A group of 5 girls have carried out a science experiment at Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark that saw garden cress seeds placed in 12 tubs and split into two batches. Both batches were placed in different rooms that remained the same temperature, and were given the same amount of water and sunlight over the course of 12 days.
You’d expect both batches of 6 tubs to grow equally well, but one set didn’t even germinate. The reason? They were placed next to two routers. Although it’s unclear exactly why this happened, it is thought that the radiation produced by the routers is what stopped the seeds germinating.
Umm, the router may NOT be the reason. You can’t conclusively say that it is.
Here is another article. However, this one is from a scare mongering site, Citizens for Safe Technology.
It is a recipe for a biology test so brilliant that it has attracted international attention among acknowledged biologists and radiation experts. Behind the experiment are five girls from 9b in Hjallerup School in North Jutland, and it all started because they found it difficult to concentrate during the school day:
- We all think we have experienced difficulty concentrating in school, if we had slept with the phone next to our head, and sometimes also experienced having difficulty sleeping, explains Lea Nielsen, who is one of the five aspiring researchers.
Ooh, people are going to love this. But, just from the articles we can see major problems. First, blinding and bias. The girls already perceive that radiation is causing them issues. It is not noted that the router was hidden in the room and that the person(s) who took care of the watering was aware of that or not. If this is the case, the experiment is a poor one. A good start, yes. But the experimenters need to learn more about controls and experimenter bias.
However, this can be easily replicated with better controls in a laboratory environment. It looks like that may be happening. There could be several reasons why the seeds did not germinate. What we have from the articles is also a biased view of the story as they tend to promote the latest scary thing in the world. Many have now seen this and will inevitably be persuaded by this shallowly-delivered “proof” that there is something to radiation in school. Not good.
But here’s a thing… EMFs also caused accelerated germination. So… which is it? Always look for the counterpoint. The actual conclusion is probably way more complicated that X leads directly to Y.