Technology: Danger From A Glowing Screen

New tests raise concerns about the hazards of computer use

Could your computer be killing you? That question has been the subject of a fierce debate among scientists and computer users ever since Paul Brodeur raised the issue last year in the New Yorker magazine. Brodeur laid out an impressive array of evidence linking electromagnetic fields like those surrounding computer monitors to unusually high incidences of miscarriages, birth defects and cancer. But throughout the debate the position of the computer industry has been unanimous and unambiguous: it denied that any such health hazards could possibly exist.

Now a major computer publication has broken ranks. The July issue of Macworld, an independently...

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