Students have always been encouraged to find ways to make their school work more interesting and personal, to do something that would hold their attention longer and enable them to enjoy a bigger success.
Such was the case with a group of 9th-grade students at a school in Northern Jutland who conducted a biology experiment inspired by their own concentration problems. They managed to capture the attention of the scientific community and raise awareness of the dangers of our cell phones.
Since most people tend to sleep with their cell phones next to them and children are completely obsessed with the glowing screens and visually stimulating activities on their smartphones, it’s really not that hard to understand why they would have sleeping and concentration problems.
Curious about their shared experience, a group of girls teamed up to design an experiment which would investigate the question whether or not we are affected by Wi-Fi radiation. They specifically chose to use cress seeds. They used 400 seeds, dividing them into 12 different trays and placed six of the trays in each of 2 rooms. Both rooms were kept in the same conditions in terms of temperature, water, light and the only exception was that one of the rooms also had two Wi-Fi routers.
The Wi-Fi routers broadcast the same kind of radiation that comes from our cell phones, allowing the students to recreate the effect of sleeping with your cell phone next to your head.
After just 12 days of being exposed to these conditions, it was shocking to see the difference between the two sets of trays. Namely, the cress seeds from the room which was unaffected by the Wi-FI radiation were growing well, appeared healthy and flourished in the environment that was provided to them. On the other hand, the seeds which were exposed to the Wi-Fi signal didn’t show any growth at all, with some seeds showing signs of mutation, and the rest dying off completely.
Here are what the results looked like:
The Seeds From The Unexposed Room
The Seeds From The Exposed Room
This experiment definitely opened the students’ eyes about their cellphone use and the dangers of bringing their phones to bed at night. “It is truly frightening that there is so much effect, so we were very shocked by the result,” Lea Nielsen, one of the students, stated. “None of us sleep with the mobile next to the bed anymore. Either the phone is put far away, or it is put in another room. And the computer is always off.”
In addition to the experiment being applauded by the girls’ school, it has also started to receive international recognition as radiation experts and biologists accept the importance of its discovery.
One man who’s been really interested in this experiment, to the point where he plans to replicate it is Olle Johansson, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He is going to repeat the experiment with Professor Marie-Claire at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and also further the research in the field in order to discover the long-term effect of Wi-Fi radiation.
Johansson was highly impressed by the accuracy and skill involved in the girls’ experiment. He admired them, saying: “The girls stayed within the scope of their knowledge, skillfully implemented and developed a very elegant experiment. The wealth of detail and accuracy is exemplary, choosing cress was very intelligent and I could go on.”
He also made it clear he would love to see these talented, intelligent students spending their future professional life in researching and he wouldn’t hesitate to work with them.
If you’d like to find out more about the effects of Wi-Fi radiation on us, watch the video below where Professor Johansson explains how a potential DNA damage may even cause sterility.