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#147689 - 01/03/03 12:53 PM Lap top on the lap
Mordechai Offline
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Registered: 01/03/03
Posts: 2
Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I'm not sure if this question qualifies as a purely electrical question- but perhaps one of the moderators will be able to think this one over. My friend believes that it is unhealthy to sit and study/write with the laptop sitting directly on my lap. He thinks that either the radioactivity could be absorbed quite readily, and literally, into me.
Do you think that this is a valid concern??
Thanks,
Mordechai

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#147690 - 01/03/03 01:36 PM Re: Lap top on the lap
pauluk Offline
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
There shouldn't be any actual radioactivity from a laptop computer,so this isn't a problem.

If the concern is really about EM (electromagnetic) fields however, then we're into the three-ring circus of claims and counter-claims about just how much, if any, damage such fields can do.

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#147691 - 01/03/03 02:11 PM Re: Lap top on the lap
NJwirenut Offline
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Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
After seeing this item, I would worry more about an ordinary thermal burn, before losing any sleep over the EMFs.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/28245.html

I have heard stories about cancers and infertility among cops who sat in a patrol car all day with their radar gun resting in their laps, though....

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#147692 - 01/03/03 05:29 PM Re: Lap top on the lap
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Registered: 01/03/03
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Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Well, I think its unanimous- any possibility of damaging important bodyparts is not good- although- I shouldn't worry too much about burning myself in the same way that that man in the article did- ('Mordechai' is the name of my gorgeous big orange tom cat) But, I would worry too about it affecting my feritlity. As my friend said, 'you're going to fry your eggs!'

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