Reading the /. summary does not at all sound alarming or sensational. They are merely reporting a story that in all likeliness has been sensationalized and over hyped in the general media. Droves of average joes are going to freak out at declare that wifi and cell phones make your sterile, give you cancer or turns your children into autistic ironic hipsters. Sadly the general populace will not be smart enough to realize these students could have made a simple mistake in the experiment or not have been thorough enough.
I read the article but the translation leaves a lot to be desired. Here are my questions:
-Wifi and GSM are on different bands so why speculate cell phones could also have the same effect?
-Did they repeat the experiment using the same plant seed type more than once?
-Did they note the temperature, humidity and sunlight available in each room at regular intervals or used any data logging equipment?
-What kind of rooms, and were they in the same home? Were they the students bedrooms or what?
-Were both testbeds receiving the same amount of sunlight for the same amount of time?
-Did they try other plant seeds? Or buy the same plant seeds but from different vendors to compare?
-Did they try to repeat the experiment with the router off to isolate the possibility the rooms environments played a role?
-What kind of routers were they? What make, model, transmit power, antenna configuration, a/b/g/n etc.
this paragraph, copied verbatim from the dutch translation, blows me away:
"The five aspiring researchers would examine mobilsignalers effect on them, but had not equipped for it. Therefore, they used instead 12 trays with a total of 400 karsefrÃ. They were divided into two compartments with the same temperature and the water with the same amount of water over a period of 12 days. The six trays in one room were located next to the two routers that should emit more or less the same type of radiation as cell phones."
More or less! What the fuck, really?