In what may be the most surprising news this week, it has been discovered that the rays, often feared, have protective effects on living organisms. More specifically, it is their electromagnetic fields that work their magic on living things.
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These fields, called Schumann Resonances, are a set of extremely low frequency spectrum (ELF) part of the spectrum of the Earth's electromagnetic field and are, therefore, difficult to detect. As such, it was believed that they had no impact on life on Earth.
Now, a new study from the University of Tel Aviv has discovered that these ray-created fields can have protective properties for living things.
"We found that under controlled conditions, Schumann resonance fields certainly had an effect on living tissues," said Professor Colin Price of the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at TAU.
"The most important effect was that atmospheric ELF fields actually protected cells under stress conditions. In other words, when biological cells are under stress – for lack of oxygen, for example – the atmospheric fields seem to protect them from this. related to the evolutionary role that these fields played in living organisms. "
To study these effects, scientists conducted laboratory experiments in which ray-like fields were created. They then explored their effects on rat guinea pigs.
What they found were significant effects on the living cardiac cells of rats 30 to 40 minutes which included reductions in spontaneous and transient calcium contractions. However, unfortunately, the effects were temporary, disappearing when the fields were stopped.
The first of its kind
"It is the first study that demonstrates a link between global lightning activity and Schumann resonances and the activity of living cells," says Prof. Price.
"This may explain why all living organisms have electrical activity in the same spectral ELF range, and this is the first time this connection is shown.This may have some therapeutic implications, since these ELF fields appear to protect cells from damage, but this requires more research. "
Price and his team are now promoting their research to test the effect of lightning on other biological organisms. In the meantime, we'll definitely approach the lightning bolts with much less fear and maybe even a little gratitude.
The study was published in NatureScientific Reports.