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22 March 2018

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland
By Celia Luterbacherswissinfo.ch, 18 March 2018

Following a successful pilot project, Swiss telecom group Swisscom is ready to deploy 5G – shorthand for fifth generation wireless systems – at selected sites this year.

(Photo): Swisscom says customers can expect to be able to download the equivalent of a full HD movie in a matter of seconds by 2020 — but only if certain regulatory changes are made.(Keystone)

In a press release earlier this month, Swisscom said that it anticipates 5G coverage “throughout the Swiss territory” in 2020, adding that 5G-ready phones are expected to appear on the global market in early 2019.

20 March 2018

France: The EASYTIS Catalogue, Specialist in Connected Objects for Educational Use, Violates French Law

This child is holding the Blue-Bot radio-
frequency radiating connected toy.
Following is a summary translation of the open letter of Robin des Toits regarding the promotion of connected objects for educational purposes by EASYTIS.  We have looked into these toys and found that, as stated in its users' guide, the robot "Blue-Bot", for children aged 3 and up, "generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy."  A teacher's guide exists describing how to use the Blue-Bot as part of the National Curriculum for Computing to support children in learning computing skills and applying computational thinking. As the president of Robin des Toits states in the letter, children are the new target of choice for connected objects at a time when the adult market is saturated.  The publication of the EASYTIS catalogue, targeting very young children, violates French law.


Subject:  EASYTIS SAS: The specialist of connected objects for educational use
robindestoits.org, 20 March 2018

On 20 March 2018, the French national association Robin des Toits, whose purpose is to assist and unite people and associations fighting for public health security related to exposure to new wireless telecommunications technologies, addressed an open letter to the Director-General of Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and the President of the Professional Advertising Regulation Authority (ARPP).

National Toxicology Program: Peer & Public Review of Cell Phone Radiation Study Reports

UPDATE (21 March 2018):  
All comments to the NTP studies are now posted on the NTP website.

National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study reports
saferemr.com, March 16, 2018 (Updated March 19)

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has requested public comments about the two draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation.

Because there is a lag between when these comments are submitted and posted to the NTP website, I am posting links to selected comments about the NTP studies:


Joel Moskowitz, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Michael Carlberg, MSc, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Lena Hedendahl, MD, The Environment and Cancer Research Foundation

Magda Havas, PhD, Trent University

Ronald Kostoff, PhD


Association Alerte Phonegate (Dr. Marc Arazi)

Environmental Working Group

Arizona: An Uber Robot Car Kills a Pedestrian: Will It Slow Driverless Tests?

An Uber robot car kills a pedestrian in Arizona. Will it slow driverless tests?
By RUSS MITCHELL, latimes.com, 19 March 2018

An Uber driverless car is parked in a garage in
San Francisco in 2016.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)
A woman walking across an Arizona road was hit and killed by a self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. on Sunday — probably the first pedestrian fatality for the fast-growing movement toward driverless vehicles.

Tempe police said Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck by an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous mode. In response, Uber halted its driverless operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area and said it is assisting in the investigation. "Our hearts go out to the victim's family," the company said in a statement.

The death is likely to slow the deployment of driverless vehicles in Arizona, one of the most welcoming states for the industry, and elsewhere as policymakers monitor the investigation and assess public reaction. Driverless vehicle regulations have been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives but are stalled in the Senate over safety concerns.

19 March 2018

My Advice After a Year without Tech: Rewild Yourself

'When you're connected to wifi you're disconnected from
Photo:  Re-Shutterstock
"People regularly tell me that 7.3 billion humans can’t live as I do. On this I agree. But 7.3 billion humans can’t continue living as the mass of people do now, either. I don’t claim that this way of life is a solution for all the world’s people, for the simple reason that I don’t think there is some magical panacea to the convergence of crises our culture is bringing on itself. People won’t voluntarily go back to wilder times or cottage economies, yet “progressing” forwards probably means techno-dystopia followed by ecological meltdown."

My advice after a year without tech: rewild yourself
by Mark Boyle, The Guardian, 19 March 2018

We can’t all go and live in the woods, of course. But if we resist debt, resist gadgets, and reconnect with nature, the world might just change

Having once been an early adopter of tech, I was an unlikely early rejector. But it has now been over a year since I have phoned my family or friends, logged on to antisocial media, sent a text message, checked email, browsed online, took a photograph or listened to electronic music. Living and working on a smallholding without electricity, fossil fuels or running water, the last year has taught me much about the natural world, society, the state of our shared culture, and what it means to be human in a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

18 March 2018

Trumping the Truth About Cell-Phone Induced Cancers

Trumping the Truth About Cell-Phone Induced Cancers
by André Fauteux, Editor, maisonsaine.ca, 16 March 2018

A historical animal study funded and run by a U.S. government agency has reproduced what epidemiology observes in humans: rats exposed to high doses of radiofrequency (RF) radiation from a cell phone had an abnormally high incidence of rare forms of cancers of the brain and peripheral nerves.

Source:  www.arazi.fr
But the Trump government is misleading the public and the media about the impact of this study on humans, charge independent researchers. Medpage Today wrote Cell Phone Radiation Unlikely to Cause Cancer – Rare cancer in rats likely not an issue for humans and Popular Science even assured its readers that they could stick their cell phones to their heads with duct tape!

Groundbreaking rodent studies

The ten-year, $25 million U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) project was the most comprehensive and rigorous study ever done on the biological effects of RF in animals. It consists of two separate studies – one on rats, the other on mice – which took place in three U.S. states as well as in Switzerland. To obtain robust results, the researchers used nearly 3,000 animals, double what is required, and invited three panels of experts to analyze the tumors discovered. The two technical reports and the draft conclusions drawn by the researchers were released last February 2nd by the NTP, a program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). An independent review meeting will be held at the end of March before the two studies are summarized in a scientific journal. (Read the comments here.)

Screen Time at Close Range Could Lead to 'Tsunami of Myopia' and Eyesight Issues

Screen time at close range could lead to 'tsunami of myopia' and eyesight issues
by Jesse ThompsonABC Radio Darwin, 12 March 2018

Watching something on your phone?  Why not hold the
screen out at elbow's length. 
ABC Radio Darwin:
Jesse Thompson
Many people will remember being told not to sit too close to the television in the lounge rooms of their childhoods.

But today's parents would do well to warn their children not to position themselves too close to small screens, according to optometrist Helen Summers.

She warned that the use of the screens at close range for long periods of time could be leading to a generation of eyesight problems.

"We're actually facing a tsunami of myopia — short-sightedness," she told ABC Radio Darwin's Joel Spry.

"We have 4 million short-sighted people in Australia at the moment, but by the year 2050 we're looking at 22 million."

Silicon Valley - Better Parental Controls Needed, Especially on Smartphones

Silicon Valley — better parental controls needed, especially on smartphonesby Julie Paul, Opinion, sfchronicle.com, 22 February 2018

Kids as business executives using smartphone while
sitting on table. 
Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS
Raising kids in this digital age is a tricky game, and we often feel like we have a devil and an angel on our shoulders. Our job as parents is to watch over our children’s health and well-being and, while the effects of screen time on developing brains are still largely unknown, we’ve all seen the correlation between cranky behavior and excessive device use.

And yet, we are also tasked with preparing our kids for life in the 21st century, which means developing strong technology and communication skills for future science and technology careers. While we all want to help our kids develop healthy digital habits, we totally lack the tools to navigate through these distinctions.

More Kids Are Going to Emergency Rooms with Severe Allergies

More kids are going to emergency rooms with severe allergies
by Maggie Fox, nbcnews.com, 13 March 2018

Food allergies account for the most serious cases

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by
Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe
allergy sufferers are seen in Washington. Aug. 24
Jim Bourg / Reuters File
More U.S. kids are being taken to emergency rooms with serious allergic reactions, new insurance data shows.

The number of children treated in emergency departments for anaphylaxis went up 150 percent between 2010 and 2016, the report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield finds.

Most of the life-threatening reactions are to foods such as peanuts and tree nuts, according to the claims data.

It might be because parents are more aware, said Dr. Trent Haywood, chief medical officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

“Parents are recognizing symptoms, calling their pediatricians and coming to the ER a lot quicker,” Haywood said in a statement.

"The big question is why and that's what we in the medical community need to find out,” he added. “We know that food allergies are tied to both genetics and the environment — and we know that something has changed for it to have gone up so drastically.”

16 March 2018

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

"Article 4 section 51 of the Michigan Constitution States: 'the public health and the general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be a matter of primary public concern. The legislature shall pass suitable laws for the protection and promotion of public health.'

Despite the convenience and the enormous economic growth potential associated with the Internet of Things our primary concern as legislators is not convenience, nor economic growth. As much as I love technology as per our Michigan constitution the public health and the general welfare of the people of our state are supposed to be our primary concern."

-Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck

Colbeck cites health as reason to slow ‘small cell’ rush (7 mn. - 15 March 2018)