FROM Keith Black
WHO Says Cell Phones Could Be Carcinogenic Last year, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, spent $24 million to study cell phone use. Its conclusion was that there was no increased risk of brain cancer. But yesterday, that same organization said review of other available evidence suggests there might be a link after all. Scientists are sharply divided. We look for a common sense path through contradictory findings.
Cell Phones and Cancer: Is there a Connection? The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization, produced scary headlines yesterday by warning that cell phone radiation might cause brain cancer. Tentative as it is, that suggestion contradicts the IARC's own $24 million study of a year ago, as well as the FDA and scientists who claim it's physically impossible. Everybody agrees more research is needed, but five billion people have taken to cell phones in less time than it takes many cancers to develop and grow. Will the WHO issue new guidelines? Should users take precautions on their own? We hear some conflicting opinions.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.