How a giraffe and lightning in a Wits lab have lit up forensic science
A multidisciplinary project gives us an insight to a phenomenon that kills more than 250 people annually in SA
New research at Wits University could help forensic investigators determine whether people or animals are killed by lightning based solely on an analysis of their skeletons.
Scientists generated artificial lightning in the laboratory and applied it directly to human bones from donated cadavers.
They found what Wits anatomy lecturer Nicholas Bacci described as “unique markers of lightning damage deep within the human skeleton”...