Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

A handy definition of technological determinism

You can put away your tin foil hats, the Guardian reports: a British company claims to have developed a cream that blocks radio signals.

Waves from televisions, mobile phones and radios are all around us. They pass through metres of concrete, so imagine what they’re doing to your skin.

Clarins reckon they have something to help. It’s Expertise 3P, “an ultra-sheer screen mist containing a pioneering combination of plant extracts capable of protecting the skin from the accelerated-ageing effects of all indoor and outdoor air pollution but, most significantly, the effects of Artificial Electromagnetic Waves.”…

One of the [active] ingredients, thermos thermophilus, comes from 2,000m deep in the ocean. The other, rhodiola rosea, lives in the extreme cold of Siberia….

Michael Bluck, an engineer at Imperial College, sounds distinctly unconvinced…. If you were intent on stopping the waves, Bluck explains that you could scatter them with a fine mesh of metal or absorb them – although the energy would be converted to heat, which would cook your skin.

But what about the ocean ingredients that prevented ageing in lab tests? “Presumably there’s not a lot in the way of electromagnetic waves, particularly artificial ones, down in the bottom of the ocean, so why the organisms should have evolved this capability is beyond me,” says Bluck.

His advice for anyone worried about EM radiation? “Live as far away from the producers of EM waves as possible and live with the consequences of having no friends and no life,” he says.


  1. So, if the squiddies in the Matrix had this “Expertise 3P” cream, they would have survived the EMP weapons on board the Nebuchadnezzar?

  2. Exactly! And a good reason to worry about this new technology falling into the wrong hands….

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