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[*] posted on 3-14-2017 at 10:02 PM
Oyster larvae mortality attributed to mobile phones


Interesting report by a young student.

From http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/scientist-14-verifies-phone-...

Scientist, 14, verifies phone signal threat

Oyster larvae mortality attributed to mobile phones

Research by a budding scientist from La Paz, Baja California Sur, has found that mobile phone signals can have a harmful impact on the development of shellfish.

Fourteen-year-old María Paulina Amézquita Arce is an avid mobile phone user and it was her interest in all things smartphone that guided her most recent foray into research, supported by her advisers, marine biologist Luis García Corona and María del Carmen Rodríguez Jaramillo, senior researcher at the Cibnor Histology Laboratory.

Amézquita had heard of a local oyster farmer who was concerned about the mortality rate of oyster larvae. It turned out the larvae were close to an area where workers took their breaks — and checked their phones.

Intrigued, Amézquita set out to verify if the extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELFs) generated by the handheld devices, while deemed safe for humans, were affecting the oysters.

Assisted by her advisers, Amézquita was directly involved in all the stages of the research, which concluded that ELFs did indeed have a negative impact during the developmental stages of the oysters and were the cause of the high mortality rates.

A paper including Amézquita’s research will be published later this year in a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

That event will be but one more milestone in Amézquita’s journey through the sciences, a journey that has already earned her recognition in Mexico — she won the 2016 State Youth Award for Science — and abroad, where she participated successfully in science fairs in Argentina and Brazil.

Her aptitude for sciences was first identified by her secondary school teachers, who put her in contact with the Biological Research Center of the Northeast (Cibnor) and its Science-Education Approach Program.

She has been collaborating with scientists since 2015, spending her weekends in a laboratory and becoming one of the most outstanding students enrolled in that program.

Spending Saturdays preparing her paper and studying for several science competitions has not been an imposition for Amézquita, although she does enjoy playing baseball. “To the contrary, I do it with pleasure, I enjoy it.”




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[*] posted on 3-14-2017 at 11:42 PM


What about all the other radio waves we are continuosly bombarded with?



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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 10:45 AM


This sounds really interesting, and I love that teenagers are getting involved in research like this, but the media and we, as responsible citizens, really shouldn't be reporting or spreading "scientific findings" that have not yet been verified and published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal.

Write a wonderful article on her research questions and involvement, yes, but don't shout to the world "Oysters are dying because of mobile phones!" without first confirming that the findings are reliable.
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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 11:00 AM


Give the kid a break.....most newsworthy reports regarding scientific "discoveries" are similar to this item....like "vaccines cause autism" and thousands think it's true....

Theories proven through the null hypothesis are simply ideas that appear to be "true"...

Maybe the oyster clan should switch to landlines...:light:




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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 11:27 AM


I'm happy to give the kid a break - sounds like she's awesome - but I'm not going to give the media a break for reporting unfounded "science" - especially from anti-vaxxers. And I'm not going to stop pointing out when people are spreading misleading articles, even if I have to pick my battles. I'd be a damn poor scientist if I did.

You never did let me know whether you liked the jerky ;) Headed south to La Bocana soon?
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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 11:44 AM


Quote: Originally posted by toronja  
I'm happy to give the kid a break - sounds like she's awesome - but I'm not going to give the media a break for reporting unfounded "science" - especially from anti-vaxxers. And I'm not going to stop pointing out when people are spreading misleading articles, even if I have to pick my battles. I'd be a damn poor scientist if I did.

You never did let me know whether you liked the jerky ;) Headed south to La Bocana soon?


Ah, scientists......did you hear about the statistician who drowned in the river that had a mean depth of 1/4 inch? ;D

Julie, you have a BIG project ahead of you correcting news articles discussing new scientific ideas, postulations, hypotheses, and Trump tweets....

As for the fish jerky....while my opinion is not verified through peer panel reviews in recognized scientific circles, my taste buds say that the subtle smokiness blends well with a chewy but soft texture...with no elements of "stringiness" (i.e. indigestible flesh fibres) or undue need to chew for a week. Pleasantly presented with rack lines visible and in handy individual serving-size strips.

Scientifically evaluated in the lab of my mouth....wish I had more.

And hope your trip back to the frozen wastelands was without incident.:coolup:

P.S. The small blond dog has learned how to bury food for later consumption....but appears to search for several good stash places before settling with its decision....the alpha male shepherd pup is setting up territory with his voice...




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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 12:08 PM


Why thank you, I've never received such a thorough peer review! :biggrin:

They grow up so fast. Hope there haven't been too many dead fish carcasses cached under your poor palm trees. Then again, maybe they'd be good fertilizer.
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[*] posted on 3-15-2017 at 12:12 PM


Hey, if they planted fish carcasses (carci ?) under the palm instead of chewing the fronds for sport I would like their gardening contributions....

Yep, more dogs for the mix...and the black cat still keeps them in line... :biggrin:




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