Featured Articles

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel has revealed an update to its CPU roadmap and some things have changed in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start with the…

More...
Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

We broke the news of Nvidia's ambitious gaming tablet plans back in May and now the Shield tablet got a bit…

More...
Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia has announced its first Android tablet and when we say Nokia, we don’t mean Microsoft. The Nokia N1 was designed…

More...
Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell is better known for its storage controllers, but the company doesn’t want to give up on the smartphone and…

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:56

Cell phones may boost brain metabolism

Written by Nedim Hadzic
y_questionmark

Riiiight
Incredible amounts of money seem to have been invested in cellphone studies that have since been recycled into toilet paper but now a publication of a study in the Journal of American Medical Association claims that chatting on the phone may boost brain metabolic rate.

The authors of the study performed tests on 50 persons and used PET scans to measure metabolic activity. The participants of the study were strapped with cellphones to each of their ears. The cellphones were Samsung’s standard CDMA flip phones and they were activated on cue. One set of data was unusable unfortunately, as the call was dropped by the telco – most likely for not appreciating head-strapped phone science.

The scientists focused only on the regions that receive most exposure from the antenna and while there wasn’t any general difference, certain areas of the brain reacted relatively strongly. This would mean that localized exposure encourages neurons to fire more often.

I must admit that nobody be happier than yours truly if everybody’s neurons started firing at least at a decent rate nowadays, because it sure doesn’t seem like it is the case. Furthermore, real-world application of such “boosts” seems to have not worked quite well, as most people yapping on their cells all day probably had somewhat clogged up neurons to begin with.

I guess the next “work of science” is to strap an iPad to someone’s forehead and see if it makes him any poorer or cooler for purchasing it.

More here.


Last modified on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 11:37

Nedim Hadzic

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments