The Biggest Junk Science of 2015

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#10. NY Times Compares Apple Watch & Cell Phones to Smoking

Scanning his Twitter feed back in March, Professor Andrew Maynard, Director of the Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University, was taken aback to read the following tweet from the New York Times:

"Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?"

Clicking on the article it linked to, he could scarcely believe what he was reading:

"We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body for extended periods.

Yet here we are in 2015, with companies like Apple and Samsung encouraging us to buy gadgets that we should attach to our bodies all day long."

Actually, rational people haven't suspected that cellphones are killing us, and there's currently no solid evidence that they cause any appreciable harm. The same goes for wearable technology, which doesn't even emit the high power radio waves of cell phones.

"The only way a wearable computer could be as harmful as a cigarette is if you set fire to it. While wearing it," Maynard writes. "And that’s something I wouldn’t advise!"

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