Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 18:58:18 -0400
Author: "John L. Hubisz"
Subject: Fwd: What's New for Oct 04, 2002
>Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 17:49:07 -0400 (EDT)
>From: "What's New"
>Subject: What's New for Oct 04, 2002
>WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 4 Oct 02 Washington, DC
>1. CELL-PHONE LAWSUIT: THE LAWS OF PHYSICS ARE UPHELD. A federal
>judge dismissed an $800M lawsuit filed by a Maryland neurologist
>who claimed his brain cancer was caused by cell phone use. There
>is, of course, no claim so preposterous that an expert cannot be
>found to vouch for it. This case rested on research by Swedish
>oncologist Lennart Hardell, who published a study in this month's
>European Journal of Cancer Prevention that found long-term users
>of analog cell phones were at least 30 percent more likely than
>nonusers to develop brain tumors. His claim was widely reported
>by the media. However, a review of epidemiological research on
>cell phone use, commissioned by the Swedish Radiation Protection
>Authority, described Hardell's study as "non-informative" and
>concluded that "there is no scientific evidence for a causal
>association between the use of cellular phones and cancer."
>2. EMF AND CANCER: GETTING THE WRONG ANSWER THE HARD WAY. From
>the beginning, it was clear that the Hardell study got the wrong
>answer. All known cancer-inducing agents, including radiation,
>certain chemicals and a few viruses, act by breaking chemical
>bonds to produce mutant strands of DNA. Photons with wavelengths
>longer than the near ultraviolet do not have enough energy to
>break a chemical bond in DNA. Case closed. If epidemiology
>comes up with a different answer, the study is simply wrong.
>3. FREE ELECTRICITY: JUDGE RULES AGAINST DENNIS LEE. As part of
>his 50-state tour (WN 7 Sep 01), the notorious con man made his
>pitch in Spokane, WA on August 28, 2001. It was one state too
>many. The Washington Attorney General charged Lee with violating
>the state's consumer protection laws by making claims that are
>deceptive and misleading. In particular, Lee claims to have the
>world's most efficient motor, the "Hummingbird Motor," that
>produces five times as much energy as it takes to run it.
>Combined with the "Sundance Generator" that is 100% efficient,
>this could power your home, with plenty of electricity left over
>to sell. Armed with an affidavit by a physicist familiar with
>Lee's free energy scams, the State sought a summary judgement.
>Lee made no attempt to counter the scientific arguments,
>objecting to the State's motion only on procedural grounds.
>Last Friday, the judge granted the summary judgement against Lee,
>denying Lee a chance to bamboozle scientifically innocent jurors.
>4. MISSILE DEFENSE: IT BECOMES AN ISSUE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.
>Democratic Senator Tim Johnson is urging voters to elect him to
>help hold the Democratic majority in the Senate, thus keeping the
>states's senior senator, Tom Daschle, as majority leader. But
>Johnson's opponent, John Thune has unexpectedly made missile
>defense a major issue in his campaign, running ads that accuse
>Johnson of voting against Bush's missile defense plan 29 times.
>THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND and THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY
>Opinions are the author's and are not necessarily shared by the
>University or the American Physical Society, but they should be.
John L. Hubisz, Physics Department, Box 8202, North Carolina State
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