An experiment carried out by five students of an institute of secondary education in Denmark has attracted interest from the scientific community on the effects of the waves emitted by mobile phones and WiFi routers can have on the environment, in particular on plants.
These five girls, who wanted to find out why they felt much worse, were concentrated in those days that had slept with the phone next to the bed, decided to test the effects of the waves emitted by a router on plant seeds.
They chose a router because the type of microwave which emits is very similar to the transmitting mobile phones, and placed next to this device a pot with six sown watercress seeds. Then, in another room, in which the conditions were the same (water, temperature and sunlight were controlled by the girls to make it so), with the exception of the absence, in this case, the router, planted six more watercress seeds of the same type in another pot.
After twelve days of experiment, the result is that the seeds that were not located next to the router normally, germinated while which were located in the room of the modem had mutated in color and shape: were brown, withered and parched.
The teacher of these five students, Kim Horsevad, explained that although the students repeated the experiment twice and they did the best they could within their abilities, “is not a professional studio, but in an experiment of Institute”.
However, Horsevad has defended the media that his students were responsible for checking that the conditions were exactly the same for both seed pots. Among the reactions aroused the news, many say it was the heat of the router which has dried seeds, not their microwave, whereupon Horsevad responds to the device were located far enough away so that this does not happen and the temperature of the plants was checked and monitored by a thermostat.
“There may be other variables that we have passed out of the students or me, but do not know what can be”, confessed Horsevad.