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A Safer Way to Cell

pongresearch radiation-reducing phone cases!

With all the talk about what cell phone radiation might be doing to your brain, you’ve still whipped out your trusty iPhone more times than you’d like to admit — when Grandma calls for the umpteenth time, you answer.

Which is why we think the covers from the local experts at PongResearch are worth checking out. The only case proven to reduce cell phone radiation by FCC-certified labs (and backed by studies from the brainiacs at Wired), it cuts exposure by as much as 60 percent.

How do they do it? In layman’s terms, there’s an internal thingamajig aligned with the phone’s antenna that attracts radiation and moves it away from your head, funneling it up the case like a chimney.

Current models fit the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and BlackBerry Curve. An iPhone 4 version is on the way. Choose from discreet black or a mom-friendly shade of find-it-at-the-bottom-of-the-diaper-bag green. So Grandma never has to go to voicemail.

Available online at pongresearch.com, $40.

this week in los angeles!

EAT
Macrobiotic Kids’ Menu at M Cafe
What: Try reinvented kiddie classics ($3-$5.50) with a contemporary twist. We like the gluten-free brown rice tortilla and soy cheese quesadilla.
Why: They’ll never know the difference.
When: Opens at 9 a.m. most days.
Where: 9433 Brighton Way, b/t N. Beverly & N. Canon Drs., Beverly Hills (310-858-8459); 9343 Culver Blvd., b/t Bagley & S. Canfield Aves., Culver City (310-838-4300); 7119 Melrose Ave., at N. Detroit St., Melrose (323-525-0588).

SHOP
Mommy Nights Preview

What: Splurge, save, and socialize with other madres.
Why: Up to 80 percent off — with free food and drink to boot.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Innovative Baby, 114 Washington Blvd., b/t Pacific Ave. & Strongs Dr., ste. b (310-338-9908).

SLURP
Shake Happy Hour

What: Frosty, tot-friendly treats ($3) in fall flavors like Nutter Butter.
Why: Shake up the after-school routine.
When: Mon.-Fri., 3-5 p.m.
Where: Ruby’s Diner, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., at Erwin St. (818-340-7829).

Photo: Thinkstock

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LOCATIONS
Ruby's Diner
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd
@ Erwin St
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818-340-7829
M Cafe de Chaya
9433 Brighton Way
bt N Beverly & N Canon Drs
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-858-8459
M Cafe de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave
@ N Detroit St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-525-0588
114 Washington Blvd
bt Strongs Dr & Pacific Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310-338-9908
9343 Culver Blvd
bt Canfield Ave & Main St
Culver City, CA 90232
310-838-4300
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