European Tech News June 2016
Wi-Fi Data to Get a 10X Speed Increase
Graphene, a carbon-based material which is made out of very thin sheets, is transparent and opaque to radiation. These qualities have encouraged some manufacturers to try and create microchips out of it. If their tests will be successful, we may soon have all sorts of Internet-connected devices that will be able to transmit wireless data up to ten times faster.
The EPFL and UNIGE scientists have already created a microchip prototype, knowing that graphene is able to protect the data it is working with from unwanted radiation. In fact, graphene acts almost like polarized glasses; the microchip will only allow radiation that vibrates in a particular way get through its layers.
In other words, graphene can be both transparent and opaque to radiation, depending on the direction and orientation of the vibrations. These microchips may be able to work at frequencies that exceed 1 Terahertz.
When phones will have access to this technology, for example, we will be able to send and receive data up to 10 times faster, and this will translate to better image and better sound, to name just a few advantages.
Are Wi-Fi Allergies Just a myth? Some People in Europe Still Get Sick
The medical condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is internationally disputed, as doctors and other specialists take sides. Some of them declare that such a disease has never been a real medical condition, whereas others make it responsible for the degrading health of many people.
Those that believe that EHS exists describe it as a body weakness that is triggered whenever they come close to Wi-Fi routers and cell phone towers. The argument between the two parties has already lasted for more than a decade, and numerous studies have been made to settle the matter for good.
The studies have been conducted by large groups of specialists, ranging from neuroscientists to psychologists and oncologists. Still, the results of theses studies vary a lot, so they can’t be used to demonstrate anything for now.
Some specialists even believe that EHS is in fact triggered by the nocebo effect, when people start believing that something bad will happen to them. The medical community has recently started to consider this explanation as a very plausible one.
Nevertheless, there are several countries that recognize EHS as a medical condition that can impact many citizens. In fact, some stats in Europe state that about 5% of the population is suffering from EHS. The highest percentage can be found in Germany; close to 10% of the Germans declare that they are negatively impacted by the presence of the Wi-Fi waves.
These days, Wi-Fi waves are present in any city or commercial district, in cafes, restaurants, bars, buses and universities. It’s almost impossible to avoid them! For some people, this is a positive aspect, because it allows them to connect to the Internet freely. Still, others think that Wi-Fi signal is a real menace for their health. Some people who declare that they suffer from EHS have even left the modern societies, living in remote areas, where Wi-Fi connections aren’t available.