Engadget picks up a BBC report that workers producing LCD and plasma monitors and TVs face risk of serious
lung diseases, though there’s reportedly no consumer hazard (other than the usual brain damage from too much teevee).

So, great news if you can afford
to buy that 50-inch plasma display; lousy news if you‰ve got a job making them.

Only one case so far, but once again we’re reminded that the clean,
efficient, and ever-miniaturizing world of high tech presents us
consumers with only the tip of a vast materials iceberg. (I think it
was Paul Hawken who I first heard observe that a typical laptop
computer represented some 20 tons of material that had been mobilized
to produce it.)


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