Could it be that you stand a better chance of getting cancer by eating bunches of bananas rather than talking for hours on a cell phone? Theoretically, according to a new chart, yes. But it would have to be a lot of bananas. Let's explore.
There's a new chart released this weekend showing the different radiation levels you experience from everyday items and everyday tasks. According to it, you get more radiation from a banana (0.1 micro sieverts) than from talking on a cell phone (0 micro sieverts). In fact, you get more radiation from sleeping next to someone (0.05 micro sieverts) than from talking on a cell phone.
Here's the chart, but first a note. It was not put together by a group of scientists, but rather a random guy and a nuclear plant worker who did some internet research. It's not an authority, but rather a compilation of things they found (including information on Wikipedia). "If you're basing radiation safety procedures on an internet PNG image and things go wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself," on of the authors, Randall Munroe, says. Consider yourself warned:
The full chart can be seen here.