Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says - CNN.com
I carry my cell phone in my pocket, so when I saw this article, it caught my attention. After reading part of the way through, I was reminded of why I don't trust most scientific studies.
The test was performed with the cell phone 2.5cm (1 inch) away from the sperm. When my phone is in my pocket, it's 4-5 inches from away. And anyone that knows anything about electromagnetic radiation knows that the field strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance. So in my case, the field strength is ~16-25 times weaker than the field strength in their test. The test was also performed using 850 MHz phones, rather than 1.9 GHz. Why not test both frequencies? Why stick with the older technology? If I had to guess, I'd say that the 1.9 GHz phones didn't produce results that were shocking enough.
So I guess the title of the article isn't necessarily wrong, I just need to use an older cell phone and stick it down my pants, instead of putting it in my pocket.