Wi-Fi seems to be an essential part of the lives of people nowadays. With the dawn of the use of smartphones, the urge to be ‘always online’ so one could be ‘updated’ about the latest talks of the town also seem to have become a necessity.
These students from northern Jutland are not an exception. However, they discovered a shocking truth through an experiment that would change their views about Wi-Fi forever.
A group of 9th-grade students recently embarked on a biology experiment inspired by their own personal experiences with concentrating on their studies. Lea Nielsen, one of the students, explained: “We all think we have experienced difficulty concentrating in school, if we had slept with the phone next to our head, and sometimes also experienced having difficulty sleeping.”
Curious about the shared experience, the group of girls designed an experiment to investigate the impact of Wi-Fi radiation on living cells. Specifically, they chose to use cress seeds. Taking 400 seeds, they separated them out across 12 different trays. Six of the trays were placed in each of 2 rooms. Both rooms were kept at the same temperature, and both sets of trays were given the same amount of water and access to sunlight throughout the experiment.
The one difference between the two rooms, creating the basis for their experiment, is that the trays in one room were placed next to two Wi-Fi routers. The Wi-Fi routers broadcast the same type of radiation that can be observed coming from our cellphones, allowing the students to recreate the impact of sleeping with your phone on your bedside table, next to your head.
The results? After 12 days it was shocking to see the difference between the two sets of trays. While the cress seeds in the first room were growing well, appearing healthy and flourishing in their environment, the same could not be said in the second room.
The seeds that were placed next to the router showed no real growth at all. Some of the seeds could even be observed showing signs of mutation or dying off entirely.
The experiment made the students understand how harmful sleeping with their cellphones is and even long hours or being exposed to the radiation emitted by a Wi-Fi router.
According to Awareness Act, not only was the experiment received well by the girls’ school, but since the word got out they have started to receive international attention as biologists and radiation experts acknowledge the importance of their discovery.
One particular expert who showed interest in the work of the girls is is Olle Johansson, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
“The girls stayed within the scope of their knowledge, skilfully 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,” Johansson said in an interview.
Watch the fulll interview below: