Physics in the News

  • Yasunori NomuraEmail author
  • Bill Poirier
  • John Terning
Part of the Multiversal Journeys book series (MVJ)


A headline from Mother Jones magazine from 2015 warns that “Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cell Phones.” A photograph shows a woman wincing in pain while holding a cell phone, as an eerie red glow envelops the side of her face next to the phone. Stories about the dangers of cell phones keep popping up year after year. The situation is somewhat similar to the climate change debate. While the vast majority of scientists believe climate change is occurring, there are a few scientists who claim that everyone else is wrong. The media often turns this into a “he said, she said” story, usually without making any comment on the value of the scientific arguments presented.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUC DavisDavisUSA

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