Saturday, November 14, 2009

A photon is not a photon!

From Bob Park:

Photons induce cancer by the photoelectric effect, breaking chemical bonds and creating mutant strands of DNA. In 2001, I was invited to write an editorial on cell phone hazards for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI, Vol. 93, Feb 7, 2001, p. 166). I pointed out that the photoelectric effect would require photon energies at the extreme blue end of the visible spectrum, which is why it's the ultraviolet rays in sunlight that cause skin cancer. Microwave photons are about 10,000 times less energetic. In a classic 2001 op-ed, LBL physicist Robert Cahn observed that Albert Einstein discovered in 1905 that microwaves couldn't cause cancer. The cell phone scare was launched in 1993 on the Larry King Live Show, which is not peer reviewed. It almost strangled the infant cell-phone industry in its crib, but researchers found nothing

Years ago, LBE was working on an opinion concerning a Lemelson patent on chemical application of lasers. Two associates brought up maser prior art as anticipatory. What chemical reaction is a maser going to trigger at microwave frequencies?


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