Monday 27th April, 2015Sem Science Update
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Oisin Lavelle and Darragh Todd make it onto the Irish Examiner Science Report.

Wifi affects plant growth, find budding scientists.Two budding scientists concerned about the effect of electricity pylons on crops have found that electromagnetic radiation from wifi has a significant effect on plant growth.
Third-year students, Oisín Lavelle and Darragh Todd, both 14, from St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, used lettuce seeds for their project and a wifi modem used in most homes.

“Pylons emit the same radiation waves as wifi so we wanted to see if the wifi had an effect on plant growth,” said Darragh.

The duo, whose project is one of 550 entered in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, grew the lettuce seeds in controlled environments.

“We limited the conditions so they would be the same, but one seed tray was exposed to wifi and the other wasn’t,” said Oisín.

After 42 days, the students found 24 seeds germinated in the wifi zone and 38 in the controlled one.

They also found a significant difference in leaf area, and believe their findings could add to concern about Eirgrid’s plans to build a huge number of pylons around the country.

To see the full article here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/wifi-affects-plant-growth-find-budding-scientists-254772.html