Will aluminum foil protect us?

A few years ago, I had a Halloween Party with the theme "Alien Invasion." I invited people to come as aliens from other planets prepared to rule the world. Alternatively, they could come as humans prepared to defend Terra against its off-world encroachers. I suggested to the latter group that a suitable costume might involve an aluminum foil helmet worn to protect the brain against harmful rays emitted by the aliens and their strange weaponry. Delightfully, some accepted my advice and we had a great party.

Memories of that party came rushing back to me today when one of my readers pressed the palaver link to the right of this article and in a state of some concern asked what protection I might suggest as a defense against the White House's orbital mind control satellites.

"I know that the gubberment has radios floating overhead that can zap us and destroy our will to fight (and give us a rash!) Is there anything I can do?"

The answer is a qualified and well researched yes. How do I know that?

I read On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

Thanks to the clever (and over stimulated) students at MIT who used a quarter of a million dollars worth of equipment to determine what, if any, protection is offered by easily constructed aluminum foil hats, I know that my family is safe from most government rays as we slumber in our very own aluminum foil helmets.

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.