The Science of Superheroes
In what’s become familiar but always interesting subject matter, PopSci.com examines "The Science of Superheroes" by calling in a "Hollywood physicist" to analyze the science behind superhero (and supervillain) antics.
The article takes eight popular characters from the world of comics and evaluates what it would really take for them to do all of the super-powered stuff they do. How could Superman fly? What happens when Bruce Banner’s body suddenly grows and he becomes The Hulk?
And my personal favorite: How does Storm control the weather?
If her stomach has mutated into some type of nuclear-fusion reactor, however—or better yet, a matter/anti-matter reactor—she could do it. Applying relativity (E = mc2), a single gram of mass converted completely into energy would yield 90 trillion joules. That’s 18 million lightning bolts!
Umm… yuck. Note to self: NEVER invite Storm out for Indian food.