November 25, 2012

Your Smartphone's Dirty, Radioactive Secret

Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

AP Photo

IT'S A SWELTERING LATE FEBRUARYafternoon when I pull into the Esso gas station in the tiny town of Bukit Merah, Malaysia. My guide, a local butcher named Hew Yun Tat, warns me that the owner is known for his stinginess. "He's going to ask you to buy him tea," Hew says. "Even though he owns many businesses around here, he still can't resist pinching pennies."

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