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Here’s What Cellphone Signals Might Look Like If They Were Visible
December 13, 2013
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Ever stop to think about all the radio waves from cellphone towers that flow around our world every day? Nickolay Lamm certainly has.

The artist consulted with academics and engineers to help him produce these eerie images of cellphone radiation made visible in U.S. cities. In the photo above, New York City is blanketed with radiation from cellular transmission sites atop the skyscrapers.

As Fast Co.Exist points out, exposure to radiation from mobile phones has not been conclusively proven to cause serious damage to humans. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified "radiofrequency eletromagnetic fields" as "possibly carcinogenic to humans," a category that also includes coffee and pickled vegetables. And according to the Canadian Cancer Society, the majority of studies have not been able to find a link between cellphone use and cancer, nor between exposure to radiation from cellphone towers and cancer. Still, research is ongoing into possible links.

If Lamm's name seems familiar, it may be because his visualizations have popped up a few times on the site before. Take a look at his simulation of climate change flooding, his visual representation of wealth in New York and his reimagining of Barbie in the shape of an average woman.

Via Fast Co.Exist


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