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#147689 - 01/03/03 04:53 PM Lap top on the lap  
Mordechai  Offline
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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 05:36 PM Re: Lap top on the lap  
pauluk  Offline
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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.


#147691 - 01/03/03 06:11 PM Re: Lap top on the lap  
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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....


#147692 - 01/03/03 09:29 PM Re: Lap top on the lap  
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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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