Pants that protect from cell-phone radiation

Dockers is launching a new style of “S-fit trousers” next year that include a pocket intended to protect the wearer from cell-phone radiation. “The Dockers trousers will have a mobile phone pocket with a shielding lining between the phone and the skin,” a Levi’s representative told ZDNet UK.

I am almost paranoid enough to buy one those, even though I know it’s probably crap and wouldn’t work. But ever since I wrote a profile of Louis Slesin — a researcher who’s tracked the freakish health effects of wireless radiation for twenty years — I’ve been increasingly unsettled by my phone, which I carry, of course, in my pants pocket all day long, letting it leak radiation slowly into the family jewels.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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