The expert committee report on communication towers plagiarised

 In an article titled  “Communication towers: expert committee report plagiarised”, (The Hindu, August 30, 2012) Dr R Prasad  wrote that the “Report on possible impacts of communication towers on wildlife including birds and bees,” is a textbook example of how not to write scientific reports.

“The report begins by emphatically stating that “adverse effects… from mobile phones and communication towers on health of human beings are well documented today!” Nothing can be more incorrect than this”.Dr Prasad noted

” Brain cancer is one of the most feared adverse effects of extended duration of usage of mobile phones over a long period of time. However, many large-scale studies, including the Dutch and Denmark study and WHO’s INTERPHONE study have not found any significant risk.” he clarified

“There is also willful misrepresentation of facts when they chose not to include details from the cited work that would in any way weaken their argument. For instance, one paper does indicate that other variables in addition to mobile tower radiation might be causing some adverse effects. By not mentioning the co-founding factors, the committee report conveys a completely different message.” he asserted.

Dr Prasad also found out that “the egregious part is the rampant plagiarism found in the literature survey section. Some sentences have been reproduced verbatim from published papers without any attribution. While some parts of the report on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on birds/house sparrows and honey bees have been attributed, they still fall under the gambit of plagiarism.”

You can read the full article at:

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/communication-towers-expert-committee-report-plagiarised/article3836318.ece

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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