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08 November 2017

US Microchip to Make Mobile Phones Safer: Article from The Guardian on American Research for the Military

With regard to the documentary, "Cell Phone War", we could not find much information on the Catholic University's research for the American military on safer cell phones...

US microchip to make mobile phones safer
by Nick Paton Walsh, The Guardian, 17 December 2000

Worries about radiation from mobile phones may be over thanks to a new device developed by American scientists and the US military due to go on sale in Britain within months.

The BioChip, a tiny microchip that fits into the battery of the mobile phone, makes safe the signals created during a phone call that experts say can damage the cells of the brain. Mobile phones emit an electrical impulse whose strong, regular rhythm has been proved to cause serious stress in cell walls. The BioChip produces another impulse which disrupts the rhythm, stopping stress in the cells. 'The chip emits a weak electromagnetic impulse which mimicks the natural impulse that the cell is used to,' said the chip's manufacturer, Dr Thomas Magnussen. 'The impulse is engineered so that it prevents the cells from picking up the regular rhythm coming from the phone signal.'

More than half of British adults use mobile phones, and for years there have been fears over their safety. The Department of Health recently asked that phones sold in the run-up to Christmas should carry pamphlets asking adults to use them for no more than 20 minutes, and that children should use them only in an emergency.

The BioChip is the first device to offer a safer mobile phone since it was suggested this year that hands-free sets might concentrate the radiation on the user and worsen any possible health risks.

'The effects on cells of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones are quite disturbing and well defined,' said Magnussen. 'The body's cells go into a state of shock. It's the same effect as if toxic chemicals were introduced to the cell.'

The chip, powered by the phone battery, emits a weaker impulse when the phone is transmitting signals. A hundred thousand are already on sale in California, and will be on sale in the UK from next March. The chip raises the cost of a battery by around a third. 'The BioChip is the result of 14 years of research begun by the US Army,' said Magnussen. 'They were concerned about the effects of radio telephones in their soldiers' helmets.'

Magnussen, who runs the EMX Corporation in San José, California, cites research by four universities - three American and one Danish - all of which support the idea that phone signals put cells into a state of shock. The technique the BioChip uses has been endorsed over 10 years by five universities - in Colorado, West Ontario, Columbia, Washington State and the Catholic University in Washington DC. Professor Ted Leitovitz [Theodore Litovitz] of the Catholic University invented the chip after he was given $4 million by the US military to research the problem over four years.

British sales of the BioChip will provide a reliable gauge as to how safe the public feel about mobile phones. The Federation of Electronics Industry, which represents the interests of phone manufacturers, last week denied there were any clear effects of phone radiation on the human body, citing a recent report by the World Health Organisation.

nick.walsh@observer.co.uk

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/dec/17/mobilephones.nickpatonwalsh

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