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  1. dave_c

    dave_c Active Member

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    a physics/biology question for the extremely savvy. EMP and the human brain.

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dave_c, May 15, 2012.

    This is research for a story I'm writing though not directly related to writing hence in this

    Basically from my limited understanding EMP simple overloads a circuit. The human brain is little more than an incredibly advance/complicated circuit, yet holds either some or complete immunity to EMP.

    so, if an EMP was strong enough COULD it possible fry a humans circuitry.

    thanks.
     
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    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    It could, if it were powerful enough, depolarize the neurons in the brain. The ions that make neural activity take place will migrate in response to a rapid change in magnetic flux, but it is on a much lower magnitude than the current flow induced in a conductor by the same magnetic flux.

    A magnetic spike of that magnitude would also affect other biochemicals, and would probably cook the person like a strong microwave pulse.

    Not to mention the effect on amalgam tooth fillings, surgical screws and pins, jewelry, and tinfoil beanies.
     
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    awsome, thank Cogito.

    amusing thought, character: "im the only one safe from the aliens..." frazzeled
     

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