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Holographic Analysis of Wi-Fi Data Generates 3D Images of Surroundings
Germany Created: 11 May 2017
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators could use this to track objects as they move through the production hall.

Just like peering through a window, holograms project a seemingly three-dimensional image. While optical holograms require elaborate laser technology, generating holograms with the microwave radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter requires merely one fixed and one movable antenna, as Dr. Friedenmann Reinhard and Philipp Holl report in the current issue of the renowned scientific journal Physical Review Letters.

"Using this technology, we can generate a three-dimensional image of the space around the Wi-Fi transmitter, as if our eyes could see microwave radiation," says Friedemann Reinhard, director of the Emmy Noether Research Group for Quantum Sensors at the Walter Schottky Institute of the TU Munich. The researchers envision fields of deployment especially in the domain of industry 4.0 - automated industrial facilities, in which localizing parts and devices is often difficult.

Wi-Fi penetrates walls

Processes that allow the localization of microwave radiation, even through walls, or in which changes in a signal pattern signify the presence of a person already exist. The novelty is that an entire space can be imaged via holographic processing of Wi-Fi or cell phone signals.

"Of course, this raises privacy questions. After all, to a certain degree even encrypted signals transmit an image of their surroundings to the outside world," says the project leader, Friedemann Reinhard. "However, it is rather unlikely that this process will be used for the view into foreign bedrooms in the near future. For that, you would need to go around the building with a large antenna, which would hardly go unnoticed. There are simpler ways available."

Centimeter-scale precision

Hitherto, generating images from microwave radiation required special-purpose transmitters with large bandwidths. Using holographic data processing, the very small bandwidths of typical household Wi-Fi transmitters operating in the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz bands were sufficient for the researchers. Even Bluetooth and cell phone signals can be used. The wavelengths of these devices correspond to a spatial resolution of a few centimeters.

"Instead of a using a movable antenna, which measures the image point by point, one can use a larger number of antennas to obtain a video-like image frequency," says Philipp Holl, who executed the experiments. "Future Wi-Fi frequencies, like the proposed 60 gigahertz IEEE 802.11 standard will allow resolutions down to the millimeter range."

Looking to the future

Well-known optical methods for image processing can also be deployed in Wi-Fi holography: One example is the dark-field methodology used in microscopy, which improves the recognition of weakly diffracting structures. A further process is white-light holography in which the researchers use the remaining small bandwidth of the Wi-Fi transmitter to eliminated noise from scattered radiation.

The concept of treating microwave holograms like optical images allows the microwave image to be combined with camera images. The additional information extracted from the microwave images can be embedded into the camera image of a smart phone, for example to trace a radio tag attached to a lost item.

But the scientists are just at the beginning of the technological development. For example, research on the transparency of specific materials is lacking. This knowledge would facilitate the development of paint or wall paper translucent to microwaves for privacy protection, while transparent materials could be deployed in factory halls to allow parts to be tracked.

The researchers hope that further advancement of the technology may aid in the recovery of victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building. While conventional methods only allow point localization of victims, holographic signal processing could provide a spatial representation of destroyed structures, allowing first responders to navigate around heavy objects and use cavities in the rubble to systematically elucidate the easiest approach to quickly reach victims.
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Source: R & D Magazine, Technical University of Munich, 04 May 2017

ICNIRP - the Musical!
Germany Created: 1 Apr 2017
The group known as the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, or ICNIRP for short, will soon be taking center stage to promote its message regarding wireless technology - on Broadway.

MV-News' entertainment reporter recently caught up with leading members of ICNIRP to get the full monty.

Their frustration was palpable. Despite decades of non-warnings and publication of guidelines in obscure engineering journals, the group admits its running out of ideas on how to make the public just stop worrying about radiation from wireless tech.

One member lamented, "we've even tried putting a shrink up in front [Rodney Croft, ed.] to calm people down, but that hasn't worked either. Its even on television now; investigative 'reporting' and what have you...".

So ICNIRP hired a PR consultancy.

"They made it clear to us that we needed to really capture the publics imagination".

"The PR guys suggested we turn our message into a musical - and we were like, yeah, we're not just these dried-out science types - and we already have the songs. Lets do it!"

But putting on such a show is costly.

"It turned out that all the money in the WHO EMF-projects 'others'-account wasn't enough to hire A-list celebrities for a whole theater season".

So, they've decided to bootstrap and do all the song and dance themselves.

Keep an eye on those Broadway billboards. Its gonna get hot.

Editors note: never heard of the WHO 'others' account? See page 12, last paragraph in this investigative reporting
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Source: MV entertainment News, 01 Apr 2017

German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears
Germany Created: 21 Feb 2017
An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.

The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications.

Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it.

But the UK Toy Retailers Association said Cayla "offers no special risk".

In a statement sent to the BBC, the TRA also said "there is no reason for alarm".

The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said that examples of hacking were isolated and carried out by specialists. However, it said the company would take the information on board as it was able to upgrade the app used with the doll.

But experts have warned that the problem has not been fixed.

The Cayla doll can respond to a user's question by accessing the internet. For example, if a child asks the doll "what is a little horse called?" the doll can reply "it's called a foal".

A vulnerability in Cayla's software was first revealed in January 2015.

Complaints have been filed by US and EU consumer groups.

The EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, told the BBC: "I'm worried about the impact of connected dolls on children's privacy and safety."

The Commission is investigating whether such smart dolls breach EU data protection safeguards.

In addition to those concerns, a hack allowing strangers to speak directly to children via the My Friend Cayla doll has been shown to be possible.

The TRA said "we would always expect parents to supervise their children at least intermittently".

It said the distributor Vivid had "restated that the toy is perfectly safe to own and use when following the user instructions".
Privacy laws

Under German law, it is illegal to sell or possess a banned surveillance device. A breach of that law can result in a jail term of up to two years, according to German media reports.

Germany has strict privacy laws to protect against surveillance. In the 20th Century Germans experienced abusive surveillance by the state - in Nazi Germany and communist East Germany.

The warning by Germany's Federal Network Agency came after student Stefan Hessel, from the University of Saarland, raised legal concerns about My Friend Cayla.

Mr Hessel, quoted by the German website, said a bluetooth-enabled device could connect to Cayla's speaker and microphone system within a radius of 10m (33ft). He said an eavesdropper could even spy on someone playing with the doll "through several walls".

A spokesman for the federal agency told Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily that Cayla amounted to a "concealed transmitting device", illegal under an article in German telecoms law (in German).

"It doesn't matter what that object is - it could be an ashtray or fire alarm," he explained.

Manufacturer Genesis Toys has not yet commented on the German warning.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Science review by Dr. Karl Hecht was disappeared by German Govt.
Germany Created: 21 Dec 2016
With regard to the current discussions, it is suitable to recall a work of Karl Hecht, which is now published on multiple demand in English tanslation: Health Implications of Long-term Exposure to Electrosmog (first German edition 2012).

The review findings by Karl Hecht – which disappeared into the government archives as soon as they had been submitted and which we are now making available to the public in this brochure in its most comprehensive form to date – are based on the assessment of 878 Russian studies between 1960 and 1997.

*SNIP* download the review document via the source link below...
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Source: Kompetenzinitiative, Prof. Dr. med. Karl Hecht et al., Aug. 2016

Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations
Germany Created: 20 Sep 2016
Highlights: High frequency non-ionizing radiation is becoming increasingly common, This study found a high level of damage to trees in the vicinity of phone masts, Deployment has been continued without consideration of environmental impact.


In the last two decades, the deployment of phone masts around the world has taken place and, for many years, there has been a discussion in the scientific community about the possible environmental impact from mobile phone base stations. Trees have several advantages over animals as experimental subjects and the aim of this study was to verify whether there is a connection between unusual (generally unilateral) tree damage and radiofrequency exposure. To achieve this, a detailed long-term (2006–2015) field monitoring study was performed in the cities of Bamberg and Hallstadt (Germany).

During monitoring, observations and photographic recordings of unusual or unexplainable tree damage were taken, alongside the measurement of electromagnetic radiation. In 2015 measurements of RF-EMF (Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields) were carried out. A polygon spanning both cities was chosen as the study site, where 144 measurements of the radiofrequency of electromagnetic fields were taken at a height of 1.5 m in streets and parks at different locations.

By interpolation of the 144 measurement points, we were able to compile an electromagnetic map of the power flux density in Bamberg and Hallstadt. We selected 60 damaged trees, in addition to 30 randomly selected trees and 30 trees in low radiation areas (n = 120) in this polygon. The measurements of all trees revealed significant differences between the damaged side facing a phone mast and the opposite side, as well as differences between the exposed side of damaged trees and all other groups of trees in both sides. Thus, we found that side differences in measured values of power flux density corresponded to side differences in damage.

The 30 selected trees in low radiation areas (no visual contact to any phone mast and power flux density under 50 μW/m2) showed no damage. Statistical analysis demonstrated that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone masts is harmful for trees. These results are consistent with the fact that damage afflicted on trees by mobile phone towers usually start on one side, extending to the whole tree over time.

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Source: Science of The Total Environment, Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam et al., 20 Sep 2016

Mobilfunkanlagen und ihre Auswirkungen
Germany Created: 26 Apr 2016
Mobilfunkanlagen und ihre Auswirkungen
Regina Vossenkaul
24. April 2016 17:20 Uhr
Aktualisiert am: 24. April 2016 17:37 Uhr

Mit dem Teleskopstab unterwegs: Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam ermittelte die Ergebnisse am Orgelsaal der Berufsfachschule für Musik an einem für Funkstrahlen typisch halbseitig geschädigten Baum. Foto: Waldmann Selsam

Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam, Ärztin aus Bamberg, und viele ihrer Kollegen sind seit Jahren mit kranken Menschen in der Umgebung von Mobilfunksendeanlagen konfrontiert.

Gleichzeitig mit den Krankheitssymptomen an Menschen fielen ihr Veränderungen an Bäumen im gleichen Umkreis auf, die sie über Jahre hinweg dokumentiert hat. Am Donnerstag stellte sie ihre Ergebnisse auf Einladung des BN-Kreisverbands in einem Referat in der FrankenTherme in Bad Königshofen vor.

Kreisvorsitzender Helmut Bär begrüßte die Zuhörer und erinnerte daran, dass die Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks schon lange Thema beim BN sind. Er freute sich, mit Waldmann-Selsam eine absolute Fachfrau begrüßen zu dürfen. Verwundert hat ihn, dass man in der neu eröffneten Psychosomatischen Klinik in Bad Neustadt stolz darauf ist auf jeder Etage WLAN zu haben – diese Belastung sollte man Kranken ersparen.

Nach dem Aufbau von Sendemasten kamen Patienten in die Arztpraxen, bei denen keine andere Ursache gefunden werden konnte als die Dauerbestrahlung durch elektromagnetische Wellen. Über Schwindel, Herzrhythmusstörungen, Bluthochdruck, Schlafstörungen, Sehstörungen, Kopfschmerzen und „überdrehte Kinder“ klagten die Patienten.

Herzrhythmusstörungen, Bluthochdruck, Schlafstörungen, Sehstörungen, Kopfschmerzen und „überdrehte Kinder“ klagten die Patienten.
Behörden reagieren nicht

Sobald sie im Urlaub waren oder an einer unbelasteten Stelle schliefen, waren die Symptome verschwunden. 130 Ärzte unterschrieben daraufhin den so genannten Bamberg-Apell – die Behörden haben jedoch nicht reagiert. Alle Grenzwerte werden eingehalten, ist die gängige Antwort.

Wie die Ärztin berichtet, sind ihr vor allem Bäume aufgefallen, die ohne Schädlingsbefall, bei ausreichender Wasserversorgung und ohne Schäden durch Salzstreuen oder ähnliches vorzeitig schon im Juli verfärbte Blätter haben, oft nur an einer Seite, deren Krone schütter wird und deren Äste absterben, während unten oder an einer Seite alles grün und normal ist.

Die geschädigten Bäume sind dem direkten Strahl eines Mobilfunksenders ausgesetzt. Jahrelange Beobachtungen und Messungen mit einem Hochfrequenz-Messgerät zeigen, dass die Veränderungen an den Bäumen, die nach mehreren Jahren absterben und gefällt werden müssen, der Stärke der hochfrequenten Strahlung entsprechen. Kompliziert ist die Ursachenforschung, denn die Hochfrequenzstrahlung geht nicht gleichmäßig in die Umgebung. Besondere Gefährdung besteht in Hauptstrahlrichtung mit direktem Sichtkontakt zum Sendemast.

Gebäude reflektieren und bilden Funkschatten, sodass von zwei nebeneinander stehenden Bäumen einer geschädigt sein kann, der andere steht im Funkschatten und ist gesund. Interessant ist, dass grüne Blätter die Strahlung teilweise absorbieren, sodass die eine Hälfte des Baumes die andere Hälfte abschirmt – irgendwann ist der Baum trotzdem abgestorben.
Belastung sehr unterschiedlich

Auch in Bad Königshofen war die Ärztin mit ihrem Messgerät unterwegs, mit einem Teleskopstiel hat sie die unterschiedliche Strahlenbelastung im oberen und unteren Bereich beispielsweise im Hof des Haus Sankt Michael gemessen, wo der wilde Wein oben vorzeitig rot wird und unten grün ist. Eine Birke am Friedhof – im direkten Sendestrahl – ist oben abgestorben, in der Sparkassenstraße sind die Bäume im Kronenbereich geschädigt. Die Platanen im Baugebiet „Am Rennweg“ wachsen nicht richtig, haben keine harmonische Krone, sie bekommen Strahlung von Merkershausen und vom Baywa-Mast. Auch am Kindergarten hat die Ärztin im Funkstrahlbereich geschädigte Bäume gefunden. Der Spielbereich der Kinder liegt auf der Funkschattenseite, das hat sie beruhigt. Mit Bildmaterial und den entsprechenden Messwerten untermauerte die Referentin ihre Aussagen.

Diskutiert wurde anschließend über die Strahlenbelastung durch Mobilfunk, schnurlose Telefone, WLAN, Babyphone und durch Funk am Arbeitsplatz. „Die Belastungen sind messbar und dokumentiert, aber es geschieht nichts“, so die Referentin.

Angesprochen wurde von den Anwesenden auch der Plan des Wasserzweckverbands Gruppe Mitte, Ultraschallzähler in den Häusern einzubauen, die regelmäßige Funksignale abgeben. Als einen Eingriff in die Privatsphäre wurde das gewertet, weil man feststellen kann, wer wann Wasser verbraucht, wann man zuhause oder verreist ist und ähnliches.
Außerdem ist man gezwungen sich Tag und Nacht einem Funksignal auszusetzen für eine einzige Wasserablesung im Jahr.

Auf der Seite der Bundesnetzagentur kann man alle Standorte von Mobilfunkmasten anschauen. Informationen und Links unter

Schlagworte in diesem Artikel
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Helmut Bär
Bad Königshofen

Mit dem Teleskopstab unterwegs: Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam ermittelte die Ergebnisse am Orgelsaal der Berufsfachschule für Musik an einem für Funkstrahlen typisch halbseitig geschädigten Baum. F
oto: Waldmann Selsam

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Source: Margaret White/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Luxury Hotel first to offer OFF switch for internet and shielded rooms!
Germany Created: 25 Jun 2015
Excerpt from press release:
Firstly, it’s possible to turn the room’s personal internet connection on or off at any time.

"Sufficient screening from the neighbouring rooms is also guaranteed as all walls are equipped with metal shields and a special coating that blocks all high-frequency signals.

Special shielded cables have also been used throughout the entire building significantly reducing electro-magnetic fields (so-called ‘electrosmog’). Besides this, an additional switch located in the bedside table allows the entire room to be disconnected from the electricity supply. During the daytime, therefore, guests do not have to forgo any comforts while in the evening they can retire for the night with total peace of mind.
Villa Stéphanie has just been awarded one of the prestigious Tatler Awards for its revolutionary Digital Detox offer – an important signal at exactly the right time in this age of digitisation."

*SNIP* read the entire press release via the source link below...
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Source: Oetker Collection, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Mar 2015

Alexander Lerchl has met his Waterloo, His fraud allegation against the REFLEX Study is unlawful
Germany Created: 22 Jun 2015
Berlin, June 12, 2015
The long lasting attacks of Alexander Lerchl from the private Jacob University in Bremen on the results of the EU-funded REFLEX Study, have been brought to a sudden and dramatic end by the Hamburg district court. A lab technician whom he accused of having faked the REFLEX results which showed a DNA-damaging potential of mobile communication radiation, had lodged a complaint because of a violation of her personal rights on August 19, 2014. The court decision dated March 13, 2015, became effective on April 21, 2015 [1], and I translate from the decision:
The admissible complaint is well founded [….]. The disputed remarks violate the plaintiff with regard to her common personal rights [....]. Deliberately untrue factual allegations and those, whose falsehood is already certain at the time being made, must not be accepted [….].
Finally, the court warned Alexander Lerchl to cease his attacks on the lab technician. However, he did not shy away from destroying her professional life in his effort to remove the results of the REFLEX Study from the scientific literature – this was the sole purpose for his unwarranted attack on this young woman.
Be it on his own or, more likely, by order from the mobile communication industry, Alexander Lerchl, a former member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection, has since 2007 worked to ruin the credibility of the REFLEX Study. The results of this work are in sharp contrast to Lerchl's previous findings that support the view that mobile communication radiation is harmless. After all, Lerchl's "right" opinion not only drew the support of industry and government for his radiation-friendly pseudo-research, but also had gained his personal promotion to the position of Germany’s top radiation protector [2].
For years, German daily and weekly newspapers as well as news magazines uncritically supported Alexander Lerchl’s fraud allegations against the REFLEX Study. It was certainly not their intention to do a personal favour to him, but rather to the mobile communication industry whose advertising budgets may have stifled the professional ethics of the publishers. It remains to be seen how the media will react to the Hamburg court decision which highlighted Alexander Lerchl’s intellectual and character deficits. This court decision is especially timely since this "expert" for the harmlessness of the mobile communication radiation was most recently forced to change his mind by the findings of his own research group [3].
After all the years of stating that mobile communication radiation is harmless and attacking the findings of researchers who found harmful effects, Alexander Lerchl is either on the way to Damascus or has met his Waterloo.

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Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Personal info collected by Smartphone Apps stored unprotected! in Cloud databases
Germany Created: 3 Jun 2015
The researchers from Technische Universität Darmstadt and Fraunhofer SIT found 56 million sets of unprotected data, aggregating email addresses, passwords, health records and other sensitive information of app users, which may be easily stolen and often manipulated. App developers use cloud databases to store user data but apparently ignore the security recommendation given by the Cloud providers. As a result, many user accounts are threatened by identity theft and other cybercrimes.

“Therefore users should take care what kind of data they trust their apps with”, says Prof. Eric Bodden, the leader of the joint research team. Further information about the vulnerability has been provided by the researchers online.
Different methods of authentication

Many smartphone apps store user information in Cloud databases, for instance to ease synchronization between Android, and iOS apps. Cloud providers offer different authentication methods according to the information's sensitivity.

The weakest form of authentication, meant to identify rather than to protect the data, uses a simple API-token, a number embedded into the App's code. With current tools, however, attackers can easily extract those tokens and not only read the data, but often even manipulate it. Attackers could, for example, sell email addresses on the underground market, blackmail users, deface websites or insert malicious code to spread malware or build botnets.

To properly protect private data, apps must implement an access-control scheme. However, the tests show that the vast majority of apps do not use such access control. Focusing on apps from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, the scientists have scanned 750.000 apps using different internally developed analysis frameworks including for example Fraunhofer's Appicaptor. With the help of these expert tools the scientists were able to identify apps using the weak authentication and started an in-depth analysis of selected apps. During the investigation it turned out that many data items contained private information, for example verified email addresses, full user names or information about psychological illnesses.

Developers must take action

“Due to legal restrictions and the huge amount of suspicious apps, we could only inspect a small number in detail”, says Prof. Eric Bodden. “However, our findings and the nature of the problem indicate that an enormous amount of app-related information is open to identity theft or even manipulation.

”When the scientists discovered the problem, they immediately informed the cloud providers and the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). “With Amazon's and Facebook's help we also informed the developers of the respective apps and they really are the ones who need to take action because they underestimated the danger”, says Bodden.
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Source: Technische Universität Darmstadt, 28 May 2015

April Fools: Dr Joachim Schüz announces career change
Germany Created: 1 Apr 2015
Today the world renowned bioelectromagnetics scientist Dr Joachim Schüz announced that he will be changing careers.

Schüz will no longer be heading prestigious expert groups in EMF but has decided to realize his life long dream of becoming a stage magician.

"I've kept it to myself all these years, but magic has always been a passion of mine that I've tried to express in everything I've done. You know, the best tricks are those that no one realises before the show is over".

Schüz continued:

"I love observing the surprise on peoples faces and then I secretly raise an eyebrow and smile to myself; didn't see that one coming, did you".

Schüz added: "I've practically authored all the dependable science myself and now, after releasing the SCENIHR report, I just really need a challenge." seemingly lamenting the trivialities of EMF risk research.

"Even before I got into EMF science, I realized that people are essentially just containers of golden liquid.".

When we asked Dr. Schüz to expand on that, he just left us one mysterious word: "Oktoberfest".

Now Dr. Joachim Schüz will embark on a tour and Greats of Magic were quick to endorse. David Copperfield said: "I can shuffle cards, but this guy can shuffle whole populations; he's just that good".
Source: MV News, 01 Apr 2015

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