Wi-Fi Cooks Your Sperm, Scientists Say

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 29 2011 2:19 PM
Listen up fellas, this one applies to you. According to a report in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, your laptop's wireless signal could be killing your sperm. That's right, downloading music or firing off an email might be wiping out millions of potential offspring every time you sit down with your notebook.

Reuters read the report and says the scientists tested their theory by placing semen samples from 29 healthy men under a laptop connected to the Internet. They then turned on Wi-Fi and proceeded to download files. After four hours of Internet activity, around 25 percent of the sperm samples were no longer swimming, compared to 14 percent of semen from samples that were stored away from the PC.


"Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the Internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality," the researchers wrote in their report, according to Reuters.

Researchers blamed the sperm-killing phenomenon on electromagnetic radiation. Be that as it may, don't go using this as a form of birth control. Not everyone believes the study has much merit, including Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology. According to Dr. Oates, "this is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting." He admits to being intrigued by the study, but says it "doesn't have any human biological relevance."
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LLeCompte replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:03 PM

Looks like i wont be sitting on top my top my wireless router any time soon.

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timaeus replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:15 PM

I'm curious how controlled this study was, and if they ensured thermal conditions were identical between samples. If it really is the wireless signal, then what is the effect of proximity? Only an idiot actually uses a laptop in their lap. So will a laptop on the desk have a similar effect? Wireless enabled cell phone in the pocket?

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jonation replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:21 PM

looks like i will be Cool

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 4:29 PM

Well... I'm using a computer connected to an ethernet connection through the house; so I'd say I have relatively healthy sperm.

 

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 5:06 PM

So it's only a problem if you want to have kids right? Or did they see other side effects?

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Who knew... heat and radiation kill sperm. Guess we are slowly going to kill our population with the wi-fi explosion.

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This is funny but true

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jonation replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 9:39 AM

thats why we're getting nation-wide wifi!!! *puts on foil hat*

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Manduh replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 11:41 AM

Well I don't have to worry about that! LoL

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Inspector replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 12:40 AM

lol, all these research coming up. who knows what the past had to go through... o wait :P

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Aoshi replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 12:38 PM

I've heard this before but I didn't know they thought it was related to Wifi. I thought it was just the heat.

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oasis789 replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 10:24 PM

FIXED: Wifi is a new form of birth control, Scientists discover.

 

 

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RSmith replied on Fri, Dec 2 2011 5:20 AM

What I took from this, is that we should require all of those douchie guys who shouldn't breed to walk around with wifi hotspots inserted into their undergarments, lol.  Finally they could have some positive impact on society XD

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