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A 9th Grade Biology Experiment Presents Interesting Results



SCIENTIFIC CORRECTION & REDACTION


On August 29, 2018, we ran a story on this page titled, “A Biology Experiment By 9th Grade Students Reveals A Dark Truth About Wi-Fi; Gains The Attention Of Scientists”. This story was widely shared on social media.

This is how this page used to appear:

“A Biology Experiment By 9th Grade Students Reveals A Dark Truth About Wi-Fi; Gains The Attention Of Scientists”

On January 30, 2020, the article was reviewed by Mr. Ryan Cooper. His analysis can be seen here.

Mr. Cooper addressed several valid points in his analysis of the article we published here.

Even though the experiment may have worked well within the confines of a classroom experiment, the student researchers likely did not account for proper control variables when conducting their study.” This is a very valid scientific point.

“Even though the claims have received media attention, schoolroom science should not be held to the same standard as peer-reviewed scientific research.” This is also correct.

“The students appear to have done an admirable job within the confines of a classroom study. Still, it would seem media outlets and bloggers could have shown some skepticism, or asked further questions, when reporting on a school science project.” I agree with this as well.

As a result of the analysis of Mr. Cooper, I felt that his criticism of the original story was very compelling. Further analysis showed me that the article, the story and the results obtained in the experiment should be given far more scrutiny and skepticism in retrospect than it received originally.

I don’t wish to diminish the efforts of these students because this was clearly a valiant attempt by them to demonstrate a scientific cause and effect mechanism with great potential interest. That being said, such an effort would need considerably better preparation, controls, analysis and repeatability to be considered scientifically valid. I chose to remove the article in its’ entirety since I was at no point privy to the intimate details of the experiments other than what had been previously reported in the press, nor did I ever interview anyone involved with the experiment.

51 comments:

  1. Now try turning Off wifi with a human being and that person will lose his mind.

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  2. This article reads like a story from People magazine, devoid of much substance yet full of high praise for basic experimentation (not to mention drawing conclusions, including cause and effect, from a single trial).

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    1. don't be jealous bro, they did it first and you didn't hahahaha numb nuts

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    2. Shame on you calling people names instead of trying to help them. You're selfishness is all that's wrong with this world. Does it make you feel better to insult someone? What a pity you can't think of anyone but yourself.

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    3. I agree TG. Unfortunately the haters that replied to your comment probably cried when they didn't get their participation trophies

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    4. I am curious to know if all other factors were properly controlled. "Same temperature" is only one variable of many that could have an effect on the experiment. Natural light exposure is another one, and humidity is super important for seed germination.

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    5. Well, that is what review by peers is for. To see if repeating this experiment under more stringent controls they would obtain similar results. If I were the girls i would have switched the plates and the wi fi source everyday to account for other factors that could be on one of the rooms.

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  3. This experiment should be mandatory for all 6th graders and up, all teachers, staff and school boards!
    Well done!

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  4. Does turning off the phone also turn off the radiation??

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    1. There have been numerous studies on Wi-Fi, cell phones, microwaves, etc. All of them cause ill health effects. Most recent one I saw was where a petri dish with mold was put next to a cell phone versus a petri dish full of mold in the same lab 10 feet away from the cell phone The toxins – biotoxins-the mold produced were produced 600 times greater when exposed to EMF radiation. Don’t recall the details but it was a very controlled study and has been replicated numerous times in a laboratory setting. By medical researchers.

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    2. Airplane mode helps diminish but does not completely eliminate. Wi-Fi routers should be turned off at night, the cell phone should be more than 5 feet away from you when you sleep. The Bluetooth wireless earbuds also emit much more radiation then regular earbuds. Microwave ovens you met a massive amount of radiation even when not in use if plugged in. Many countries have banned 5G because of studies showing the health risks. Studies have been done looking at images of the brain after cell phone use - At least two significant inflammation of the brain

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    3. Earbuds are only receivers. As a result, they do not emit radiation.

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    4. @Concerned Coloradoan. No, Blutooth Earbuds also emit a signal, because they need to, to be “discovered”.

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  5. Putting your phone on airplane mode or turning it off completely eliminates the risks of exposure to WiFi. So yes the radiation exposure goes away if it’s off or on airplane mode.

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  6. I’m concerned that the author and other scientists refer to the students as girls and not young women. It perpetuates the diminished value of women in science. Small steps toward change could help move us into a future of equity.

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    1. Probably because they are girls. They are in the 9th grade.

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    2. Suchi, you're everything that is wrong with the world. Go dig a hole and cry in it.

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    3. Ridiculous comment by Suchi.
      The focus should be on their research...which is great achievement

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    4. Suchi is another one that cries for their participation trophy...

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    5. Suchi's brain has already been eaten by the wifi

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    6. Suchi I am concerned for you if that is actually your concern.
      We are raising sookie babies if the “girl vs young women” offends you.

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    7. Sounds like suchi needs to find a safe space quick lol

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  7. Probably because they are girls. They are in the 9th grade.

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  8. I may have misread/misunderstood but a router is not the same thing as a phone. A router is giving out a WiFi signal to a surrounding area. A phone is connecting within that range. Is it the phone causing the problems or being within a WiFi range. Many people don’t sleep in the same room as their router, were signal is strongest. I would like to see more work on this addressing if it is the phone or the routers causing the problems. If it’s the routers, simply turning your phone off or on airplane mode would not help you and we would have a bigger problem on our hands since WiFi is everywhere these days with signals being the places where population is greatest.

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    1. Wifi uses nearly the same frequencies that cellular does. The experiments would have been a good representation of Cellular radiation as well. The issue is, they didn't list any distances from the signal source, or actual signal data. My guess is, it would be hard to get that kind of power from a cell tower because you are unable to get that close to them, and at the base of a cell tower, the signal overshoots you.

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    2. Not quite, your router will use 2412mhz-2462mhz as well as 5180mhz-5825mhz, your kitchen microwave uses the 2400mhz band to cook your food.
      Cell phones use a broad range between 700mhz-2155mhz. Not counting new frequencies they are adding.
      Now, any and all wifi devices do broadcast wifi like a router, it is how they talk back. However they generally do not have the same power.

      So more realistically, they were testing how a microwave hurts growth

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    3. @Concerned,, Now you went and spilled the beans. A router is a transmitter, not a receiver. How they deduced that this meant there was danger sleeping by a cellphone is a stretch.

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    4. A router is both... as is a cell phone.

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  9. Mind blowing that a simple test like this has never been done until now.

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  10. They did not use basic controls to eliminate the effects of confounding effects, e.g. turn off router, put router in the room that had good seed growth and seeds in the room where the router used to be, etc. They attribute differences to the variable that they wanted it to be, but others also went along for the ride, so to speak....

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  11. I found a study over 10 years ago when I started my healing journey. Bacterium was used in petri dishes and placed either under a faraday cloth, next to a computer screen, or next to a cell phone. The bacterium grew exponentially next to the cell phone… something like 100 or 200%. I have since tried to find this long lost study. Has probably been covered up. Cell phone industry is dirty and has lots of money… Just like petroleum industry and pharmaceuticals . One reporter’s opinion.

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  12. Learn about beacon signals -- which are always emitting from wireless devices: https://ehtrust.org/take-action/educate-yourself/ten-steps-to-safe-tech/

    Learn about all things wireless: https://www.wirelesseducation.org/

    9th graders are approx 14-15 years old. Females are generally considered 'young women' when hormones cause puberty to start, approx age 12. Kudos Suchi!

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  13. Well without Wi-fi I could not read this article, so there's that!

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    1. I read the article and sent my comment via a hard-wired ethernet connected device. No WiFi.

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  14. Interesting but, I'm missing the link between the WiFi router and placing a phone beside your bed. The WiFi router broadcasts radiation, the cell phone, when it is not being used as a hot spot, looks for that broadcast, It would need to be transmitting a signal (i.e. in use) for there to potentially be a link. The WiFi router uses a different frequency than the cell phone. So that's a pretty big leap for the conclusion. Why not just use a transmitting cell phone in this experiment?

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  15. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cress-wifi-experiment/

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  16. Another angle might be to investigate the possibility of the Router eliminating bad bacteria, therefore having health benefits. Similar to the claims that CBD oil cures almost everything..

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  17. good thing my router isn't in the middle of a corn field.

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  18. What is the difference between sleeping with the phone near you versus having it in close proximity to you all the time?

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  19. Although microwaves in general are likely not good for us, there are many unknown factors in this experiment. The controls of the material used and the environment where the testing occurred is critical and the equality of samples used must be mirrored images of each other. Repeat ability and establishing consistency of the results is required to make a global statement, a one-off may be an anomaly, not a true trend of expected results. I'm more concerned about the coming 5G systems being established and what effect that may have on society.

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  20. yEAH! ER, UH i NEW THIS GUY ONE TIME WHO kinda like got too close to a microwave and got this big purple zit ON HIS FORHEAD. tHEN HE GOT CANSER. tECHNologee is bad.

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  21. Shocking all the people in the comments that are clueless as to how routers, cellular technology and microwaves work. They all emit microwave radiation, period.

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  22. I may have my phone on my bedside table but my router is on the other side of the house. These girls put these seeds right next to two routers. So, first, who uses two routers? The conclusion doesn't seem quite right. Perhaps the follow ups will clarify things.

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  23. Science projects in high school have time limits. Before stepping on any toes, the 9th grade high school fresh/young ladies did a fantastic job with the time allotted. They proved to be very interested in keeping it simple with illustrating possible changes. The attention they acquired from so many outside professional scientists is something to be proud of. The students work is done. Let the scientists finish all of the details of different scenarios. That is why they chose that profession.
    GREAT JOB YOUNG LADIES! Praising your enthusiasm! I am sure your parents and teachers are proud!

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  24. Just a dumb arse farmer but have noticed we never get spiders/cobwebs in the small room where our router sits???, plenty every where else. What about your place?

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  25. Sounds like these students did exactly what they should do- test their hypothesis, draw a conclusion which leads to more experimentation. A person could and should question their conclusion because that is how science works, but the fact that they have started the conversation and testing should earn them kudos. (The whole girls/ young ladies question is crazy! As a long retired high school teacher I can assure you all that 14 year old humans are not yet adult, and I mean that as a compliment. They are more open to the world and not yet mired in the quagmire of adult life. Let them be children as long as they can!)

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