[ RadSafe ] Re:Mobile phones & lightning strikes

Dan D. Palmer ddpalmer at duf6.com
Mon Jun 26 13:06:21 CDT 2006

I don't understand your point. The article says that if a conductive material (like a cell phone) is in contact with the skin when you are struck by lightning, it leads to the lighting penetrating the skin rather than running over the skin. This leads to worse injuries.
It does not say that using a cell phone in any way makes it more likely that lightning will stike, just that the resulting injuries may be worse.
I realize many news outlets didn't read or understand what BMJ was saying, but that is not their fault.
>http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7556/1513-b <http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7556/1513-b> 

>Worst sort of entertainment - now in sensational media of course.

>Almost everyone has a mobile phone nowadays...

>I bet that those victims had something to drink the last 24 hours before the 
>lightning struck. Maybe it is drinks...

>The good thing with this piece of news is that many non-scientists probably 
>will understand themselves how crazy this kind of research is.

>The bad thing about it is that the finding pushes most scientists another 
>step downhill from the throne of credibility.

>My personal idea only,

>Bjorn Cedervall   bcradsafers at hotmail.com <http://lists.radlab.nl/mailman/listinfo/radsafe> 


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