Newspapers and TV shows are having a great time fueling the freakout over the supposed dangers of WiFi, following the formula of technology paranoia + kids = gold. Over the weekend, the story was given a new twist, when one paper reported that radiation from baby monitors could be hurting babies. This is the sort of stuff the papers live for: the conflicts of modern life! Do you bathe your child with radiation and run the risk they'll grow a third arm or something, or not use the baby monitor and run the risk of missing out when the child needs you? Meanwhile, those laggards at the BBC are still worried about WiFi, with a new program claiming that radiation from a WiFi access point is three times greater than that from a mobile phone base station. Of course, never mind that the claims don't stand up to scientific scrutiny, and plenty of scientists -- without a vested interest in selling papers or attracting viewers with scare stories -- say it's safe. Some businesses, however, are lining up to capitalize on the fears, such as a Swiss company that's selling underwear woven from silver, which it says will ward off cell-phone radiation from the wearer's groin.
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