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Physically, what causes joint pain? [on hold]

I wasn't sure if there was a better site to post on with regards to this- I wasn't sure if people on the physical fitness stackexchange would give a sufficiently mechanical description. When ...
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An impossible relationship between variables

This book chapter defines $CV$ as follows: $$ CV^2 = 2\pi\nu^2\int^\frac{V_{th}-V_{ss}}{\sigma_V}_\frac{V_{r}-V_{ss}}{\sigma_V}dxe^{x^2}\int^x_{-\inf}dye^{y^2}(1 + erf(y)) $$ However, Figure 15.2 in ...
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Solving for the firing rate of a model neuron

I'm trying to decipher Figure 15.2A on page 442 of this book chapter. It plots the firing rate $\nu$ of a model neuron against its mean current $\mu_c$. The equation used to calculate the firing ...
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How do we see? Where do the photons disappear?

I know that the light is reflected from a object to my eyes, but I don't understand exactly how. The photons appear from the light source and disappear in my eye! Can someone explain the phenomenon of ...
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Loss of temperature of a sphere [closed]

I am trying to get an intuition of whether it theoretically seems possible for a living cell (a yeast for example) to regulate its own temperature. Let's consider a spherical living cell which radius ...
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Are muscle cells electric dipoles?

I'm wondering how we can detect the electrical activity of a muscle cell. My initial thought on this question was that the membrane potential, around $\Delta V_{\text{membrane}} = -80mV$ across the ...
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How does the strength of gravity affect human walking speed? [closed]

Walking requires friction and gravity, would humans be able to walk faster in different strength gravitational field than that of earth's? What strength of gravity would allow an average human to ...
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Trapping time and site population

In thr article environment assisted quantum transport, the trapping time probability for the FMO complex, a measure of the energy transfer efficiency, is defined $2\kappa_3\int^\infty_0 dt\langle ...
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Definition of Sievert (Sv) unit - is it whole body mass?

I'm wondering about the definition of the Sievert (Sv) unit. It is J/Kg but is that Kg the mass of the whole body or just of the exposed body part? For instance, when a table says that an x-ray of a ...
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Will drinking ice cold water and eating cold food cause weight loss (over a period of time)? [closed]

A friend of mine has the idea that drinking cold water and eating cold food will assist them in losing weight. The core temperature of a human body is 37$^{\circ}$ C. If they drink water, at a ...
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Why am I not hearing frequencies of range 14 kHz-15 kHz? [closed]

Recently, a Radio Station (Red FM, 93.5) started a campaign called "RED FM bajao Machar Bhagao" (English: Play RED FM, scare away mosquitoes). In this, they claim to be broadcasting some frequencies ...
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Will I sunburn faster when driving compared to being parked?

I'm not sure if the same logic applies to light and rain when comparing running/driving with a stagnant situation. See, e.g. Why does driving faster make my windshield catch more rain? Suppose I have ...
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Effects of light wavelength on the Hamiltonian of the FMO complex

Recently, I have been interested in the energy transfer within the FMO complex. I was wondering, how could the wavelength of the light that excites the complex affect the energy transfer efficiency. ...
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Size of black hole so large that I could pass event horizon without dying from tidal forces?

Were I to fall towards a typical black hole, the tidal forces would rip me apart well before I got to the event horizon. However, if a black hole were big enough, I could enter the event horizon ...
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Can higher level animals have lower entropy than the food they consume?

If there is plant source of energy 100Cal and an animal source of energy 100Cal for a human being, where the animal derived that energy from a similar plant source, can we say for sure that the animal ...
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What, if anything, makes primary colours distinct?

I've recently become interested in the primary colours; red, green and blue. In my capacity as a computer programmer I'm well aware of how these colours are used practically, and of how varying ...
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Why do our ears pop?

Have you ever been on a train going through a tunnel or plane and your ears pop?I was wondering why this happens and I know it relates to pressure but don't know exactly the reason
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What is the highest possible space dive free fall?

The world record is 136k feet but how high could it be without burning up. I know someone asked if u could jump from ISS which wouldn't be a free fall. Using any means of transportation. The record ...
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What is the difference physiologically between running uphill vs. downhill? [closed]

In pure potential energy terms a person needs positive energy (work) to lift their body to a higher gravitational potential. When they turn around and run back down, the same transaction is reversed ...
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Does energy expenditure require movement? [duplicate]

In every formula I've seen that involves energy, I've also seen a distance element. Is there nothing that doesn't involve movement? For instance if I hold my arm out parallel to the ground with a ...
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Chromatic aberration in human eye [duplicate]

A lens focuses the different colours of white light at different points. Since our eye has a convex lens there should also be such an aberration but we see objects clearly with normal eye. I want to ...
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What would happen to the human body if we went almost at the speed of light? [duplicate]

If we were to travel almost at $299\,792\,458~m/s$, or the speed of light, what would happen to the human body? Would the human body stay the same or would there be consequences that would harm the ...
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My microwave oven disrupts my bluetooth connection even when I'm 12ft away. Should I be worried? [duplicate]

I often wear bluetooth headphones that connect to my mobile phone. I work on my laptop in my dining room approx. 12ft away from the microwave oven and my mobile phone is usually in my pocket; ...
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What happens when a bird lands on a power line?

I know that when a bird is sitting on a high-voltage power line, virtually no current flows through the bird because there is (almost) no voltage drop between its legs, the two points are ...
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If radiation didn't exist, would everything live longer? [closed]

I recently noticed that dying of old age is similar to a death by radiation - hair loss, weakened immune system etc. and I was wondering - Does background radiation limit our lifespan, or that of any ...
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Why do we (3 dimensional creatures) see in 2 spatial dimensions? [closed]

Why do us humans, as 3-dimensional (in terms of space) creatures, see everything in 2 dimensions? Is it because the surface of every 3-dimensional object is 2 dimensional? Or because light enters our ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness an obstacle to finding a physical theory of everything? Why or why not?

I do not understand how, without understanding the mind and how (physical) neural interactions within the brain give rise to consciousness, one can have a definitive theory of everything. There will ...
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Understanding quantum coherence in biological processes (Magnetoreception)

Moved my questions to the top. Context below. Why is the strength of the electric field and the coupling constant being compared to the inverse coherence time? What is the inverse coherence time? Is ...
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Kettlebell squats center of mass

I should, first of all, state that I have very limited knowledge of physics but as a fitness enthusiast the following question has puzzled me for a while. When I do squats on the gym holding a ...
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How long would it take for a smelly object to evaporate?

This question is a follow on from this deleted one: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177894/26076 as I was writing what I thought to be a valid physics answer to it. Version 1 of this question ...
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How can plants rooted on the ground become charged?

According to a quote on the physics forum "Plants are usually charged negatively and emit weak electric fields." Reference However this seems to contradict the fact that plants are grounded and any ...
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Why does the sky look blue rather than violet? [duplicate]

Sky looks blue because because our eyes are sensitive to blue colour. But when viewed through a camera why don't we see violet of the sky even though we can see violet colour of other pictures taken ...
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Factors affecting pain of static electricity shock

Referring to How to avoid getting shocked by static electricity?, someone I knew suffered much pain from static electric shocks when touching door knobs or car doors where I didn't feel anything doing ...
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Singing for physicists: How to resonate by body cavities with my voice?

My body has various cavities, such as my throat, mouth, chest, and nose. This cavities have resonant frequencies. I also have a voice box, which creates sound. How do I create sounds at the resonant ...
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Why is pale coloured skin said to absorb more UV?

Many resources state that light skin/pale skin absorbs more UV than dark-colour skin. Doesn't black absorb maximum radiation? For an example, see this article: Natural selection therefore ...
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Physics involved in the DNA-structure discovery

In 1962 Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins won the Nobel Prize: For their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for ...
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Laser tattoo removal

I would like to know if someone could please briefly explain how laser technology of tattoo removal works? And second, could there possibly be any dangers to cells, specially on bones?
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Why do we lift our feet when we walk?

I'm not sure if this is a good question for here- albeit if I asked it somewhere else I'd want the physical argument. Why do we lift our feet when we walk, as opposed to doing something like ...
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Top speed for a human

What is the fastest that a human being of average weight could possibly travel, and what is the most widely held theory for how this might be achieved (assuming this person is impervious to all forms ...
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Frequency resonance of Bones, and other parts of the human body [duplicate]

Today in class we were learning about states of matter. I found out that in a solid the atoms are vibrating. This caused me to think about how crystal glass will break if an opera singer sings high ...
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Human Muscle Energy - Increases or Decreases by doing work?

When Human does some work, he gets tired. I will think he looses some energy. If he really loses energy by doing work how does he gain more strength to do more work later. His muscles become strong ...
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Can the brain detect the passage of a neutrino?

On a few occasions either in bed or sitting around a fire, with my eyes closed, I rarely but sometimes see a very quick fast flash of white and then, with my eyes still closed, the flash disappears ...
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How would swimming in low gravity work?

Sorry I know very little of actual physics, I'm not looking for hard and fast numbers just a general idea of how the mechanics would work. For the sake of argument, say you were on a planet or moon ...
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Will increased air pressure increase efficiency of solute diffusion into a membrane?

Biophysics question: I have a container with a biological tissue inside of solution where the solute slowly diffuses across the membrane and binds inside of the tissue. If I were to put this unsealed ...
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What are the main issues that are preventing a human mission to Mars? [closed]

Is it just because it'd be very expensive? Or are there serious problems that need to be dealt with, studied and solved? If so, what are they?
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Using formula for work with distance of 0m [duplicate]

Consider this: Wind is pushing a huge rock towards me at with massive force at 2m/s. I push against the rock at equal force so the rock stays still. I am clearly "working" very hard, using a lot of ...
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a question regarding Fourier transform in electron microscopy

I have recorded a micrograph of a 2-D array at a magnification of 43,000x on my DE-20 digital camera, which has a 6.4 μm pixel size and a frame size of 5120 × 3840 pixels. This magnification is ...
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Molecular simulation applied to astrobiology

There is some research group which use molecular dynamics simulations to study the origin of life according to the hypothesis of abiogenesis? I'm just beginning to know this subject so I don't know ...
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What is one human power? [closed]

some time ago I was asked what the HP equivalent of a human was, looking into this apart from in the creation of steam engines the power definition 1 Horse power was set at the work of two of the best ...
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A simple derivation of the generalization bounds for the classical perceptron model

I'm basically referring to the great work of Elizabeth Gardner in this matter. I find that her work is often overlooked in the field of neuroscience, arguably because it is too difficult to understand ...