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Why can we cycle faster than we can run? [duplicate]

This seems obvious: faster long-distance runners hit ~20 km/h (marathon records) while fastest cyclists can do ~40 km/h (Tour de France stats). But on the physical/biological level this doesn't seem ...
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dose physics affectthe biological like this [closed]

According to neural sciences the brain process information and reacts in 1 teen of a seconds the numbers add up to be 10.596674 loest is 30 to 20 years the course of time in reality recorded by our ...
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What are some publications which continue Schrödinger's “What is life?” discussion?

I'm looking for modern publications on the physical nature of life in which the primary reference is to the discussion started by Schrödinger in 1944 in his book "What is life". For example, ...
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How does cryptochrome produce quantum entanglement?

I found this video on the net, which explains how a bird called "European robin" uses a trick based on quantum entanglement to see the earth's magnetic field. I am just asking if some of you know any ...
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Audio anomaly identification

I left an audio recorder in the forest in many different locations for fauna identification. I am collecting subjects on my audio recorder that are clearly not in the frequency range of any animal ...
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Why do the trees` trunk assumes a circular/curvy shape but not rectangle or square? [closed]

Why does the trees grow circular? What are the forces that force a plant to grow with a circular trunk? If the stability of the tree were the reason then why does the trees bend in their natural ...
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Medical/Physics Question - Cut Off Finger Preservation

This question might require some knowledge of medical/tissue, but physicists seem to know everything, so figured I've give it a shot here ;) When people put cut off fingers they are told to put the ...
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Is there any other solar system in the universe?

Is there any other solar system far away from ours in the universe? Why don't we expect another solar system based on another star similar to sun in the universe? If so, Why probably there wouldn't ...
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The effect of high frequency AC current in a fresh corpse [closed]

Given two AC currents of the same intensity, eg 20 mA, but different frequency, 60 Hz and 20MHz, which one would be more likely to reach the heart ? I've read about the skin effect and how current ...
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phospholipid bilayer [closed]

I'm a high school student. The head is hydrophilic, the tail is fatty acid,in other words hydrophobic. Here is the thing I don't understand, all textbooks state that water is repelled by hydrophobic ...
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Could submarine SONAR kill a diver?

Could a diver swimming next to a submarine be killed or seriously injured by its SONAR? What physical aspect of SONAR affects the human body in a potential harmful way?
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Can there be some non-electromagnetic radiation which would be perceived by human eye as light?

Can there be some non-electromagnetic radiation which would be perceived by human eye as light? I mean, say ultra-sound or some particle rays etc.
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physically modelling the Saltatory nerve impulse transmission?

The nerve impulse transmission is specifically a biophysical process. Under a resting stage, the membrane is already polarised (presence of charge on either side leading to a potential difference ...
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What is the relationship between the second law of thermodynamics and evolution?

On one hand evolution seems to drive against the second law in that it creates a state of (locally) higher order. On the other hand the second law seems to drives evolution - in the sense that it ...
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How much energy does it take to simply run forward?

I'm interested in tracking as much data about my runs as I can in an effort to get faster, and while I can easily estimate energy expenditure during an uphill run due to the change in elevation, I ...
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Quantum randomness and brownian motion in biological systems, e.g., fertilization

I am looking for examples of physical indeterminacy impacting the macroscopic world. By physical indeterminacy, I mean physical sources of randomness such as quantum indeterminacy or brownian motion. ...
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Background radiation: radon vs potassium 40

In doing a little research into natural background radiation, I came upon a table from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP). It shows that inhaled radon gas is by far ...
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Does physics address the topic of consciousness?

Does physics address the topic of consciousness? For instance, does physics say anything about how it might arise or what might be its qualitative properties? I'm wondering because it's interesting ...
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Why is there a size limitation on animals?

Why is there a size limitation on human/animal growth? Assuming the technology exists for man to grow to 200 feet high, it's pretty much a given that the stress on the skeletal structure and joints ...
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Biological Themodynamics - What does an endpoint saturated signal mean. How does it relate to equillibrium constant

I have had a question that has been bugging me for a couple of years in my graduate school career, and I was wondering if perhaps some physicist could help explain it to me. Given an endpoint assay ...
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Harmlessness of a pure alpha decay particle

From my high school physics class I remember that there are some particles which exhibit pure alpha decay (i.e. alpha decay to there stable isotope), like Po-210, Po-211 and Bi-209. What I also know ...
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What is the minimum pressure difference for your ears to pop?

I'm assuming the answer to this largely varies from person to person. Assuming you could instantly change the pressure around your head by amount $\Delta p$, what is the minimum $\Delta p$ for your ...
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Why is it hard to breathe when cycling against the wind?

Sometimes when I bicycle against hard wind, I find it difficult to breathe. Others I have discussed it with have also noticed this effect. A possible related phenomenon that I heard from an ...
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Effects of a very large magnetic field on the human body

Ever since reading about the NHMFL I have always wondered about this and asked several people without getting a good satisfactory answer. My question is, considering the simplest case let's say a ...
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What is the $Q_y$ transition in a bacteriochlorophyll?

Bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) are pigments that occur in the photosynthetic mechanisms of bacteria. I am studying some papers on the excitonic properties of BChl's, and the term $Q_y$ transition comes up ...
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Will a plant grow faster or slower when affected with less/more gravitational forces

Will a plant grow faster when you would apply more upward gravitational force? and/or Will a plant grow slower when you would apply more downward gravitational force?
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Relation between Casimir and hydrophobic effects

Background Some years ago I was studying "Fundamentos de biología" (Biology fundamentals) and learned how the lipids create a bilayer due to the water repulsion. Some time later I learned that this ...
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Would travelling at relativistic speeds have any impact on human biology?

If a person was sitting on a craft that has accelerated to near light speed speed from Earth (e.g. 99.999% of light speed) would there be any impact on his or her human biology due to relativistic ...
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Can endergonic reactions occur outside of living organisms?

If the Gibbs free energy equation is defined as: ∆G = ∆H - T∆S And the amount of energy/work released from a reaction is: ...
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How does the introduction of living things into a closed system affect the rate of change of entropy?

Does the introduction of living things into a closed system increase or decrease the overall rate of change of entropy of a system?
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Validity Of the Drake Equation [closed]

The Drake Equation is designed to estimate the number of Planets possibly having intelligent life forms existing in our Galaxy. But I don't see how it's justified. As far as we know, Earth is the only ...
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Physical Explanation of Being Able to “Think” [closed]

This may look like a philosophical question, but I'm looking for physical explanations (if there's any), that's is why I'm asking it here. What is the ability of thinking? We are all creatures ...
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Are cosmic muons causing mutations or even influence evolutionary rate?

As there are experiments studying influence of cosmic rays on organisms, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11541768 I ask my self, if there any influence to DNA from atmospheric muons on the Earth ...
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Is a low-current electrical arc harmful to humans?

I've heard that electrical flux non-destructive particle testing machines are considered safe because they use less than 2 amps. I have seen an arc created between two objects do considerable damage, ...
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Human perception of distance

When we see things around us, distant objects look smaller to our eyes than nearby objects do. Is there any physics-related reason why our eyes or brain perceive things like this? Or if this is ...
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How can an an ant lift 50 times its own weight and pull 30 times its weight?

According to many sites like this one, an ant can apparently lift 50 times its own weight and pull 30 times its weight. Is it true? Can it be proved using physics? Though most sites agree that an ...
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How can a human eye focus on a screen directly in front of it?

I am asking this question here because I think the answer has something to do with the way light is bent as it's captured through the eye. I saw a show a while ago about tiny screens on contact ...
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Why (infra-)red light is not used in diagnostics?

I noticed that human body conducts red visible light quite well. A hand placed over a powerful red lamp seems to be semi-transparent while over any other color it does not. Possibly the light ...
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How much sky do we see at any one moment?

When we look at any particular point the sky, what percentage of the celestial sphere do we see? This question arises from the notion that on average there passes one meteor per hour overhead. So ...
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How to distinguish female and male voices via Fourier analysis?

What makes one, without looking, be able to identify the gender of the talker as male or female? I mean if we Fourier analysed the voice of males and females, how the 2 spectrums are different which ...
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Limit of human eye flicker perception?

I am designing a LED dimmer using software-controlled Pulse Width Modulation, and want to know the minimum PWM frequency that I must reach to make that LED dimming method indistinguishable from ...
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Effects of high frequency lighting on human vision?

I have a couple of different LED flashlights. One of them has three different "modes" of brightness, and the way it controls it is via pulse width modulation (PWM). Here is a picture that illustrates ...
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Reeh–Schlieder theorem in QFT and entanglement in biological systems

Context: There have been a few papers out recently which mention how photosynthesis in plants might have connections to entanglement, or even perhaps that entanglement is causing photosynthetic ...
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Sunflowers and radioactivity

I read yesterday that sunflowers were used and to cleanup radioactivity at Chernobyl and the Atomic Bomb sites in Japan and may be used as part of a campaign to clean up the Fukushima area. But my ...
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Maximum depth for bacteria on rogue planets [closed]

If microscopic life evolves on a planet which is subsequently ejected from orbiting its star, then the planet would cool down. How deep into the interior of the planet could organisms reach, assuming ...
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Silicon-based life [closed]

My question may not be suitable here, because it's more of astrobiology. Life as we know it is carbon based. Is life based on silicon possible? What would the conditions for habitability for ...
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Why are smaller animals stronger than larger ones, when considered relative to their body weight?

I am interested in why many small animals such as ants can lift many times their own weight, yet we don't see any large animals capable of such a feat. It has been suggested to me that this is due to ...
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Are human eyes the best possible camera?

I am not a physiologist, but whatever little I know about human eyes always makes me wonder by its details of optical subtleties. A question always comes to mind. Are human eyes the best possible ...
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Is it really impossible for Bumblebees to fly?

According to some source or other (I forget which now) it is theoretically impossible for bumblebees to fly by virtue of their size/bulk/aerodynamic properties. Is this old adage apocraphyal or true? ...
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What could make the SWITL materials behave like this?

SWITL - what could this be? Ultra thin paper with some adhesive that binds to fat? (or as I originally thought, a hoax)? A robotic hand to scoop gel-like substances... ...