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(Courier Mail)   Your next smartphone case may be made up of the same material NASA uses to protect astronauts in space from harmful radiation waves   (couriermail.com.au) divider line 22
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2012-08-25 11:58:07 AM
But unless it is an iPhone it won't be a rectangle with rounded corners.
 
2012-08-25 12:04:00 PM
But let's keep cutting that NASA funding.
 
2012-08-25 12:07:47 PM

sunspotter: But let's keep cutting that NASA funding.


Wait wait wait...but Fark threads are always about how cell phones are harmless.

NASA has made contributions to geology, too. Are you going to argue they should be funded because crystals keep you psychically healthy?
 
2012-08-25 12:08:46 PM
What is a "radiation wave"?
 
2012-08-25 12:18:44 PM
And I still won't buy it.
 
2012-08-25 12:19:22 PM

Terrified Asexual Forcemeat: What is a "radiation wave"?


Always with the radiation waves, Moriarty, always with the radiation waves. Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

/first thing that came to mind
 
2012-08-25 12:23:15 PM
Bennie Crabtree

>>> sunspotter: But let's keep cutting that NASA funding.

Wait wait wait...but Fark threads are always about how cell phones are harmless.

NASA has made contributions to geology, too. Are you going to argue they should be funded because crystals keep you psychically healthy?

No, but anyone with more than two synapses firing would see that is also a side benefit.

NASA isn't in the Medical field. Yes, some of their work has helped that field. Some will benefit other specialties. Judging from your post however they sure haven't helped Eduction much.


FFS.
 
2012-08-25 12:23:45 PM
Around here we call that plastic with tin foil glued on.
 
2012-08-25 12:24:30 PM
So what you're saying is that the phone won't work?
 
2012-08-25 12:43:39 PM

Kuroshin: So what you're saying is that the phone won't work?


Exactly. Provided it actually does what they claim it does, which is always a crap shoot with scams like this. If your reception goes to shiat and your phone drains its battery even faster than normal, you know it's working.
 
2012-08-25 01:05:16 PM
It's a case to make your cell reception worse? The first phone call I get from somebody who complains about terrible reception after getting something like this, I am going to write there address down, drive across the US and punch them in the face.
 
2012-08-25 01:13:12 PM

Professor Science: Kuroshin: So what you're saying is that the phone won't work?

Exactly. Provided it actually does what they claim it does, which is always a crap shoot with scams like this. If your reception goes to shiat and your phone drains its battery even faster than normal, you know it's working.


"It's radiation!"

Yes, but it's non-ionizi...

"OMGZ TEH CANSAR!"

No, you aren't listen-

"WE NEED TO BLOCK TEH CANSAR RAYDEASHUN!!!"

But then it won-

"NASA SPAYSE MATEREEALLZ!!!1!^_^"

How is it supp-

"OMGZ MY PHOEN DOZENT WORK NO MORR!"

...fark you.


What would be even more funny is if they use a material that selectively allows RF to pass through, but blocks everything else. People will cheer for "NO MORE RADIASHUNZ!" even though the exact same thing they were screaming about is still being passed through the shell.
 
2012-08-25 01:13:49 PM

Professor Science: Kuroshin: So what you're saying is that the phone won't work?

Exactly. Provided it actually does what they claim it does, which is always a crap shoot with scams like this. If your reception goes to shiat and your phone drains its battery even faster than normal, you know it's working.


Even worse, it seems to only cover the BACK of the phone. The part that points toward you is uncovered because it is a big touchscreen, so you get no protection for radiation going towards your head. Hell, you might actually get a higher dose of EM radiation this way because the case might reflect radiation back towards your head, or it might block the incoming signals from the tower enough that the phone increases its transmit power to compensate because it thinks it is further away from the tower than it really is.
 
2012-08-25 01:20:56 PM
Also, with the iPhone 4 case shown, the little strip of high tech shielding material is on the back of the phone, which seems an odd place to put it since the metal parts on the edge of the phone are the cell, wifi, and bluetooth antennas. As far as I can tell from the picture, the actual antennas are only covered by plastic.
 
2012-08-25 01:55:45 PM
so, cheap tin and cardboard, then? like they used to protect the 'astronauts' from the deadly radiation between here and the moon?
 
2012-08-25 02:26:31 PM
Coming soon to non-stop advertising on a TV near you.

Non-ionizing radiation is non-ionizing. Just like it's been since Marconi used an arc generator. It's a sign of the quality of science education when there's enough people out there not to understand such minor things.
 
2012-08-25 05:49:21 PM

wildcardjack: Non-ionizing radiation is non-ionizing.


Sigh the drum beat of the fark community. Yes, ionizing radiation affects chemistry, however it is not the only form of radiation that affects chemistry. Low frequencies such as radio interact with certain molecules to accelerate the rotational velocity, which in turn accelerates the reaction rate with other chemicals that they naturally react with. This in turn can create a chemical imbalance within biological systems that our bodies haven't evolved to cope with. In addition, the power of a cell phone right next to your body is well above the standard radio background radiation spectrum. It's not a heavily studied phenomena as there's little money in it, but it's definitely a factor in chemistry.

/use bluetooth
 
2012-08-25 06:09:30 PM
Gosh, really? That'll sure help keep me safe from those waves of radia*CLICK*
 
2012-08-26 10:27:28 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: wildcardjack: Non-ionizing radiation is non-ionizing.

Sigh the drum beat of the fark community. Yes, ionizing radiation affects chemistry, however it is not the only form of radiation that affects chemistry. Low frequencies such as radio interact with certain molecules to accelerate the rotational velocity, which in turn accelerates the reaction rate with other chemicals that they naturally react with. This in turn can create a chemical imbalance within biological systems that our bodies haven't evolved to cope with. In addition, the power of a cell phone right next to your body is well above the standard radio background radiation spectrum. It's not a heavily studied phenomena as there's little money in it, but it's definitely a factor in chemistry.

/use bluetooth


Using bluetooth avoids sinosoidal oscillation of the dingle arm without the use of novertrunions.

/The Rockwell Retroencabulator is a wonderful device.
 
2012-08-27 08:13:06 AM

fluffy2097: BraveNewCheneyWorld: wildcardjack: Non-ionizing radiation is non-ionizing.

Sigh the drum beat of the fark community. Yes, ionizing radiation affects chemistry, however it is not the only form of radiation that affects chemistry. Low frequencies such as radio interact with certain molecules to accelerate the rotational velocity, which in turn accelerates the reaction rate with other chemicals that they naturally react with. This in turn can create a chemical imbalance within biological systems that our bodies haven't evolved to cope with. In addition, the power of a cell phone right next to your body is well above the standard radio background radiation spectrum. It's not a heavily studied phenomena as there's little money in it, but it's definitely a factor in chemistry.

/use bluetooth

Using bluetooth avoids sinosoidal oscillation of the dingle arm without the use of novertrunions.

/The Rockwell Retroencabulator is a wonderful device.


Cute. I won't call you a moron, because few people know anything about aspects of physics that haven't been hammered into their head by television shows designed for laymen, but I will call you scientifically uneducated.
 
2012-08-27 08:50:47 AM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Cute. I won't call you a moron, because few people know anything about aspects of physics that haven't been hammered into their head by television shows designed for laymen, but I will call you scientifically uneducated.


Are you doubting the utility and convenience of Rockwell Retro Encabulators?
 
2012-08-27 12:05:07 PM

fluffy2097: BraveNewCheneyWorld: Cute. I won't call you a moron, because few people know anything about aspects of physics that haven't been hammered into their head by television shows designed for laymen, but I will call you scientifically uneducated.

Are you doubting the utility and convenience of Rockwell Retro Encabulators?


Of course I am. They're only useful for calibrating the phase drift of inverse tachyon warp bubbles. Who even has a generator for those, aside from the huge multiplanetary conglomerates? Besides, it's much easier to use a quantum phase shift regulator, and they cost half as much latinum.
 
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