The use of methods from the physical sciences to aid in the study of biological systems. Note that biophysics questions are only allowed if they are mainly about physics.

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How does it takes to deadlift a sports car? [duplicate]

In the movie Furious 7, Dom lift a Lykan HyperSport with bare hands. Given that in reality, how strong it has to be to lift a Lykan HyperSport(1,380 kg), says to 40 cm in one rear end, and hold it ...
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Fired a bullet upwards, can it fall down and kill me?

I know that if something is thrown up with a velocity v, it comes down with the same velocity as long as its motion faces no resistance. So is it possible for me to fire a bullet and be killed if it ...
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If the Earth were a pool ball, could I feel mountains? [closed]

If the earth (12,742 km diameter) were scaled down to the size of a pool ball (61mm diameter), the mountain ranges would still exist, obviously. But would a typical human be able to feel those ...
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A sound that always seems to come from behind you

Many years ago I heard a radio broadcast featuring a beeping sound that always seemed to come from behind me. The announcer said that the sound would have this quality and it did, even when I turned ...
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Could we recognise if time was running at a different rate for one species than another? I.e a human and an ant

My question is quite simple if time ran at a different speed for smaller creatures, how would we be able to observe this or confirm by experiment?
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Cesium-137 From Fukushima Meltdown

I've been reading up on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and its effects it had on the environment. The iodine-131 initially released from the incident decayed after 8 days, but other isotopes such as ...
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Does human body have a centre of mass?

According to this site, The center of mass of the human body depends on the gender and the position of the limbs. In a standing posture, it is typically about 10 cm lower than the navel, near the ...
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The second law of thermodynamics and life on Earth [closed]

The second law of thermodynamics says that order always decreases in a system. The appeareance of life seems to contradict that law, but if we invoke the Sun, everything faals into place again. But ...
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Would a neutrino bomb do anything? Or can weak force kill you?

In a disreputable animated cartoon (I accidentally watch every episode of religiously), a mad scientist plans on killing all humans with a Neutrino bomb. From context, this is a bomb that produces a ...
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Why do we hear the square of the wave?

Assume we superpose two waves of frequencies $\omega_1, \omega_2$. Then what we get are beats. Adding the two sines gives us $$\psi = A\sin(\omega_1 t) + A\sin(\omega_2 t) = 2 \sin ...
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Safety of Polonium Isotope source

I saw a YouTube video by a guy demonstrating Geiger Counter use and one of his radioactive test sources was a disk with Polonium. He casually mentioned that this was the poison used to kill that ...
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Can you hear vibrations through your bones?

If we have a source, like a speaker, but with no sound and only the vibrations, and this vibrations were transported to a surface which you can put your elbows on it and then put your hands to your ...
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Height estimate by step profile?

With so many current apps in mobiles tracking number of steps based on analyzing the accelerometer's measurements in time during a walk, I was wondering the following: Would it be possible to ...
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Quantum computing with biological matter? [closed]

As a biologist with physics background I wonder whether there is a way to use biological matter to create quantum computers or at least to advance the field somewhat. Usually, my first feeling would ...
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Will I die from a 50-foot fall? [closed]

Sorry if I didn't ask this in the right place, but... Will I die from a 50-foot fall? What are the chances of survival? I know this is more of a biology question or something, sorry :(
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Have cosmic rays and the CMB affected Earth's history?

Do cosmic rays and the cosmic microwave background carry with them enough energy to have a macroscopic effect on events on Earth? The most obvious example I can think of is by giving animals cancer. ...
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What happens to photons, electrons, etc [duplicate]

What happens to photons when they hit our eye? where do they end up? if they generate heat, why our eye don't get overheated? Similarly what happens to electrons when the light hits certain metals, ...
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Why can't the human voice produce a Shepard tone?

Audio of a shepard tone on youtube. So what is a Shepard tone? A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When ...
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Why do we see just one octave of light? [closed]

When one takes a look at the usual chart of EM spectrum one cannot help but notice that visible spectrum is slightly below one octave of frequencies; that is, the ratio between the highest and least ...
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The Balloon Model for Human Ventilation

The balloon model is often used to show how ventilation works in the human lungs. You pull on the diaphragm, expanding the volume of the container, and the balloon begins to fill up. My understanding ...
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Does quantum mechanics play a role in the brain?

I'm interested in whether the scale of processes that occur in the brain is small enough to be affected by quantum mechanics. For instance, we ignore quantum mechanics when we analyze a game of tennis ...
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What is the maximum magnetic field that a human body can withstand? [closed]

Are there limits to the exposure of human bodies to magnetic fields? What happens if we cross that limit? How to create such magnetic fields? Has this been tried out?
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How do proteins perform their function? [closed]

Let's, for example, take a ribosome. It is an enzyme that is in turn just a molecule that must follow the laws of physics. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it can be looked upon as a molecular machine ...
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How many frames can human eye see? [closed]

What's the limitation of our eyes? Can we differentiate 60fps from 120fps? Are new 144hz monitors just a marketing trick? Couldn't find any proper journals or studies about the matter.
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Is there a pressure differential between the skin and any parts inside the human body? [closed]

Since most of the human body is never directly exposed to the atmosphere, is there a meaningful difference in pressure between any internal organs and the skin? If so, how do open wounds which ...
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Why do our eyes only pick up electromagnetic radiation which has been classified as visible light?

My understanding: Electromagnetic radiation is carried via photons - which enter our eyes and activate receptors depending on the amount of energy the photons have when hitting them. At what point do ...
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Literature on scientific achievements in physiological acoustics after Helmholtz [closed]

I'm greatly interested in theoretical/mathematical/physiological aspects of music and the corresponding acoustics. As everyone knows, the Greek already discovered that consonant sounds seem to ...
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What will happen to a human being exposed to Martian atmosphere?

Mark Watney, in the movie The Martian, says that, If the HAB breaches, I'm just gonna, kind of... implode. The corresponding novel, by Andy Weir, says he will explode (as pointed out by ...
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Soft Condensed Matter book for self study

I'm a junior undergraduate in physics & materials science. I've had half of a course in quantum mechanics taught out of Townsend's book (We've gone from beginnings of matrix mechanics to the ...
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What is the theoretical fastest way a human could be accelerated without dying? [closed]

Humans can survive maybe 3-10 $g$'s sustained acceleration when applied to their backs, like in a rocket launch. This question is not about that. I'm wondering about alternative theoretical future ...
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What is the different between Poisson Nernst–Planck and Poisson Navier–Stokes in the Electrolyte?

I am now studying about electroosmosis flow phenomena which is governing by the Navier-Stokes equation and Poisson equation. By combine these two equation we can describe the electrolyte flow velocity ...
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Can $CO_2$ be separated into $C$ and $ O_2$?

I'm doing a little bit of research for an experiment that I want to conduct in science and it relies on that one question. So, Is it possible to separate a $CO_2$ molecule into a $C$ and $O_2$? ...
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Correcting Myopia with a Diverging Lens

My textbook says that a diverging lens works by rendering the object a virtual image at the myopic eye’s far point. However, wouldn’t the eye then perceive an object farther than its far point at the ...
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Change of internal energy to kinetic energy

Why do we feel tired while running as during running we are increasing our kinetic energy. I understand that the energy inside us(from food or something else) is being converted to KE while running ...
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Why divide surface area to volume for strength in living beings? [duplicate]

As the title says, why divide surface area to volume for strength in living beings ? I mean why all surface area ? Shouldn't it be area touching the ground ? Thanks in advance! :)
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What is the physical interpretation of Power Spectral Density (PSD) in optical tweezer?

For the calibration of an optical tweezer, the PSD of position values are plotted. If it follows a certain behavior having two regions - free diffusion and potential limited regions, then the trap is ...
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Energy/entropy in transport of molecules across cell membranes

I'm asking a "Maxwell's Demon" question. I've read statements that sorting molecules and sending them to one side or the other of a barrier requires work, but none of these statements have explained ...
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Hiccup in frequency domain

Main question: What would the Fourier transform of hiccup look like? This question is too general so let me elaborate a few possible approaches. Hiccup just as a series of pulses (of no matter what ...
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Electric dipole moment of a coaxial cable?

Question Does a cylindrical coaxial cable have a net electric dipole moment, and if so why? Context I am trying to understand why the heart has a net electric dipole moment. In the heart we have ...
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What are good references for learning about Biophysics at graduate level?

I am graduating this year on both Physics and Mathematics and I want to pursue a career in research, more concretely I want to study Biophysics. I've been recommended Boal's Mechanics of the Cell and ...
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Infrared light and heat

I know that mid wave IR, long wave IR, and far IR are all infrared light that we feel as heat. Often, even when it is cold and windy, if I face the sun in a sunny spot it feels like it is 80 degrees F ...
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How much work can the human body do before dying of exhaustion [closed]

If we could assume: We don't increase our energy from absorbing food. Our human example in scope isn't starving or suffering from malnutrition. I mean how much work can we do until the body would ...
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Plausibility of the distance estimation in a cycle ergometer gym exercise

A friend of mine pedaled for an hour on a cycle ergometer, a stationary bicycle in a gym. At the end of the ride the cycle computer reported a distance of $40\:\mathrm{km}$ and an average power of ...
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Generallized Canonical Ensemble - Isobaric Ensemble

I am trying to understand the way generalized canonical ensembles like the pressure ensemble are derived from the standard canonical ensemble. In the derivation for the standard form, one defines a ...
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Biological concept behind time dilation [duplicate]

What is the exact mechanism which makes aging process slow for persons travelling at higher velocity relatively. How does our body cells responds to gravity and undergo aging?
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Relation of Force and Energy, from a biophysics point of view

Considering us humans practically, does energy require force, ie we do apply some internal and external forces to do work, or does force require energy. ie we can only apply a force on an object if we ...
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Why is thinking not considered as work? [closed]

While thinking the impulse in our neurons displace and they move in direction of force applied on them. Here the force is applied and impulse moves in direction of force ie it is displaced. Then, why ...
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Is (or why isn't) static charge as lethal as ionizing radiation?

Ionizing radiation, e.g. the "stuff" emitted by radioactive materials, is dangerous to humans since changes to the electron configurations (in the human body) causes the various molecules (in the ...
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Fluid motion videos [duplicate]

I am looking for references to papers and research problems involving fluid mechanics, and in particular animal/plant/bacteria locomotion, that could be illustrated by showing a video like these. It's ...
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What would be the minimum size of a planet which would allow a human being to walk around without falling out in the open space?

On the Earth you can walk - of course we all know it - in the southern hemisphere without falling out in the open space, and you feel no difference between being at the North Pole or on the Equator. ...