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Submission + - scientists find evidence cell phones cause cancer (

An anonymous reader writes: A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries... found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

Results from the largest international study on cell phones and cancer was released in 2010. It showed participants in the study who used a cell phone for 10 years or more had doubled the rate of brain glioma, a type of tumor.


Submission + - Cellphone Use May Be A Cancer Risk After All ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A bunch of experts convened by the World Health Organization have decided that cellphones might pose a risk of brain cancer in humans.

The finding that cellphones are a possible carcinogen is a bit of surprise. Only last year, a WHO-organized study of cellphone risks that was the largest conducted to date found scant evidence to support a link between cellphones and brain cancers.

But a group of 31 experts from 14 countries conducted a review of the scientific literature and determined that the evidence, though limited, could support a connection between cellphone use and brain tumors — cancerous gliomas and acoustic neuromas, which are noncancerous. (A summary of the findings is described in this press release.)

The evidence didn't support a link between the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones with other cancers.

The findings by the cancer experts will be evaluated by WHO and health agencies in individual countries.

The full review will be published in the July 1 issue of the medical journal The Lancet Oncology and will be available online in a few days, the WHO's IARC said.


Submission + - Software to diagnose faulty computer hardware? 1

Etylowy writes: Over the years I have repaired my own, family and friends PCs many, many times. While in most cases it turned out to be restoring system after malware/user/windows made a mess or simple cases of "follow the smell of smoke and molten plastic", there were some nasty ones where computer mostly works. By mostly I mean: you can boot it up, it might even work for a while but will crash way too often to blame it all on Microsoft — what do you do then? Once you strip it off any extra hardware (which with todays motherboards with pretty much everything integrated might not be an option) you are left with CPU, motherboard, graphics card, RAM and HDD. You can test HDD, you can run memtest86+ to check RAM, but how do you go about testing CPU, motherboard and graphics card trio to find which is to blame? Replacing it one by one isn't really an option. Do you know any software that would help the way memtest helps with RAM?

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!