Watch ABC World News Now anchor Rob Nelson accidentally hit his co-anchor Sunny Hostin in the head with a laptop in this off-the cuff blooper. Strangely, Nelson had just concluded a segment on why WIFI might damage sperm in men when he closed his laptop, picked it up, and accidentally clipped the back of Hostin’s head. The two started laughing hysterically.
Reuters reports that scientists at Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba, Argentina, found sperm samples from healthy men placed under laptops with wi-fi on damaged three times as many sperm as than samples stored at the same temperature away but not under a computer. The researchers believe electromagnetic radiation — a factor unrelated to heat generated from the laptop — damaged the sperm in some way. The researchers also conducted a test where the sample was placed under a computer without wireless enabled and found little electromagnetic radiation being emitted from just the laptop.
In their paper published in Fertility and Sterility, the researchers say they believe their results could be linked to decreased male fertility but acknowledge that more studies would need to be conducted to prove this speculation:
The president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, Dr. Robert Oates, told Reuters Health he doesn’t believe laptops are a significant threat to male reproductive health.
“This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting,” he said. “It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn’t have any human biological relevance.”