Hello Skeptifans. Here are your Fails and Wins in the media this week.
Cellphone towers draw Lower Mainland opposition
Residents of BC’s lower mainland are concerned about a proposal to build two new cell towers. Even a local school board has voted to oppose the project. One woman interviewed admitted that she was only afraid of “the unknown”. The article doesn’t provide any science about the safety of cell towers, however the video does at least a statement from Health Canada. Thanks to Ian for sending this link in.
Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer?
This very interesting article in the New York Times discusses the history and current state of the connection between cell phones and brain cancer. It shows some of the reasons why people believed there was a link, how it does not seem compelling according to current data, and what other factors have gone in to public opinion on this. The author also makes a compelling point about the trend of stories about “potential carcinogens” and the negative effects that “crying wolf” about cancer can have. It’s a great read.
No, mainstream news is not covering up a cure for cancer
Erik sent in this win. You may have seen that fail of a news story going around that claimed that scientists had developed a compelling line of research for a cancer cure, but no one was interested because it wasn’t patentable. This win of a story calls foul on that, and even gives a shout out to skeptical blogger Pharyngula.
Those are the Fails and Wins for this week, folks. Send me you links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.