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Experiments with cress seeds in 9th Class attracts international attention
Denmark Created: 20 May 2013
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Experiments with cress seeds in 9th Class attracts international attention
Foreign researchers are extremely excited for a biology project from five 9th class girls.
Take 400 Cress seeds and group them into 12 bins. Then place six trays in two rooms at the same temperature. Give the same amount of water and sun over 12 days, and remember to finish exposing one of the rooms mobile radiation.
It is a recipe for a biology test so brilliantly that it has attracted international attention among acknowledged biologists and radiation experts. Behind the experiment are five girls from 9b in Hjallerup School in North Jutland, and it all started with that they found it difficult to concentrate per during school classes:
- We all think we have experienced difficulty concentrating in school, if we had slept with the phone next to our head, and we sometimes also experienced difficulty sleeping, explains Lea Nielsen, who is one of the five aspiring researchers.
The experiment
The school was not equipped to test the effect of mobile phone radiation on them, but it was enough in fact very well. Therefore, the girls had to find an alternative. And the answer was cress seeds.
Six trays seeds were put into a room without radiation, and six trays were put into another room next to two wireless routers which broadcast about the same strength of radiation as an ordinary mobile phone.
Then it all that was left was to wait 12 days, observe, measure, weigh and take pictures along the way. And the result spoke this clear language: cress seeds next to the router had not grown, and some of them were even mutated or dead.
- It is truly frightening that there is so much influence, so we were very shocked by the result, says Lea Nielsen.

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The experiment secured the girls the finals in the competition "Young Scientists", but it was only the beginning. Renowned scientists from England, Holland and Sweden have since shown great interest in the girls' project so far.
The renowned professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Olle Johansson, is one of the impressed researchers. He will now repeat the experiment with a Belgian research colleague, Professor Marie-Claire Cammaert at the Université libre de Bruxelles, for the trial is, according to him, absolutely brilliant:
- The girls are within the scope of their knowledge and skills implemented and developed a very elegant job. The wealth of detail and accuracy is exemplary, choosing the right cress is very intelligent, and I could go on, he says.
He is not slow to send them an invitation on the road:
- I sincerely hope that they spend their future professional life to researching, because I definitely think they have a natural aptitude for it. Personally, I would love to see the people in my team!
No mobile by the bed
The five girls from northern Jutland has not yet decided their future careers. They are still very caught over all the sudden attention.
But there have also been other consequences of the cress trial.
- None of us sleep with the phone next to the bed more. Either we place it far away, or it is placed in another room. And the computer is always off, says Lea Nielsen
DR.dk is the website of the Danish National Radio and the most read news website in Denmark.This could become a game-changer in raising awareness of harmful biological effects of Wi-Fi and the news comes at a time when schoolchildren are being forcibly exposed to Wi-Fi radiation in school and policymakers are in denial about the possible harm.
The article (in Danish) is here:
http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2013/05/16/131324.htm (shortcut link to english google-translated version: http://googl/kFdeF)
The girls will be on Danish television tonight 160513 at 21:55 - 22:30 on channel DR2 in a news-in-review programme called "Dårligt nyt" ("Bad News") and should be streamable from this page: http://www.dr.dk/TV/live/dr2
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir.

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