Teens’ Science Experiment: Plants Don’t Grow Well Near Wi-Fi Routers

The science experiments from youth I remember usually involved a big piece of poster board outlining the steps of the scientific process and some kind of illustration showing how you tried to grow beans to see if music had any effect on them. But no neuroscientist ever said he wanted to repeat my experiment. Teens in Denmark claim Wi-Fi routers are no good if you want your plants to grow, and their experiment is getting lots of interest.

Natural News points out that there is already research being done to see whether or not the radiation generated by wireless routers is bad for humans. But what about plants?

A group of ninth graders in Denmark decided that when their school didn’t have the resources to support their experiment using cellphone radiation, they’d try it out with Wi-Fi routers, using plants as the subject.

The students placed six trays of a kind of garden cress seed in a room with no radiation, and another set in a room next to two Wi-Fi routers. After 12 days of measuring, observing, weighing and otherwise watching their plants, the results were in.

The students found that the seeds near routers either didn’t grow or were dead by the end of the 12-day period, while those in a room free of routers sprouted into healthy plants. The five female students earned top honors in their regional science competition, which is nothing to sneeze at.

But beyond that, as you might be saying “Okay, these are kids, their experiment doesn’t mean anything,” their teacher says a professor of neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden is totally into what these girls did, so much so that he wants to repeat it in a controlled scientific environment.

Again, these are ninth graders, and it’s the Internet. So take that as you will. I just figure my plants die because I have bad luck with green things.

Plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi routers, experiment finds [Natural News]

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  1. limbo says:

    Peer review? Reproduction? Science?

  2. NorthernPike says:

    It’s interesting and should be re-done scientifically.
    The experiments were in separate rooms. Maybe the heat/cooling is different in different rooms? How about more or less sun?
    Wifi routers put out heat. Did the non-radiation room have equivalent heaters in a similar proximity to the plants?
    How about spacing from the routers? If being close is bad and being far is good, how about middle distance?

  3. Raekwon says:

    I guess people didn’t read the entire article. They are going to redo this in a controlled environment to get verifiable results. I’m interested in the result from that.