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Can we use radiation pressure to push/levitate a human?

I want to know, at least in theory, are there any safe em wavelength that could affect human body as net force and do no harm? To put it bluntly I want to know is it possible for levitate a human on ...
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Is a folded protein's conformation subject to thermal fluctuations?

In biology class we learn that proteins are folded, and that the shape the protein takes affects its bioactivity. Typically we don't go much further into protein shape from that, at least not at the ...
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What causes anything to smell?

We all know that we can see anything because of Light Absorption and all. We can hear things because of caused vibrations. But what makes an object smell? I read somewhere about the presence of ...
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could bacteria perform nuclear fusion of hydrogen atoms [closed]

Consider a bacteria that produces a protein that reacts in such a way as to force two hydrogen atoms to fuse. Is such a protein possible? Could the energy produced be harnessed. Is this sort of thing ...
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Why is resting membrane potential or a membrane depolarisation localised to the membrane?

Why would a membrane depolarisation be localised to one part of the membrane? If adjacent areas have a more negative potential shouldn't the difference in potential cause charge to flow into the ...
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Why is standing still easier than walking? [closed]

Both the works basically push force into the ground.So why does walking require more work?
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Why does holding an object cost energy while no work is being done? [duplicate]

I was reading the discussion here: Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done? I feel as though the question is being avoided. Suppose instead of holding an object by hand ...
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Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? [duplicate]

Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? Humans contain magnetic materials, such as iron.
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How do Calories (kcal) relate to watts?

In thinking about exercise and "burning calories" it occurred to me that there should be some fairly intuitive correlation between the biological energy conversion going on in a person's body with the ...
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How do inverse of Kirchoff matrix of a polymer possess the information for its mobility?

In Normal Mode Analysis of polymers like proteins, I have seen that mobility (measures like root mean squared fluctuations) can be found from the eigen values and eigen vectors of inverse of Kirchoff ...
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Humans Voice Frequency? [closed]

Do all human beings have a different voice frequency like they have different finger prints? as all of us are unique so probably our vocal folds make different vibrations while saying a same word that ...
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Why do some people support more electricity than others?

There is a game where people hold by their hands and two of them touch the electrodes of a shock box, then an electric current flows through them. I understand that since they are all making a single ...
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Decompression sickness

In decompression sickness why does nitrogen gas come out as bubbles? Is it because under high pressure the nitrogen gas was converted into liquid nitrogen and during the process of coming to the ...
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Confusion over plant's “magnetic field” being used to reduce wastage of pesticide

As far as I am aware, a plant does not have a magnetic field of any significant magnitude. What I wonder is, is there any electromagnetic related basis for the crop spraying technique outlined in ...
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Is it possible to fight tree height limit with centrifugal force?

I heard tree has some height limit because water cannot be pumped over some height (130m if I remember it right) which cap the limit of tallest tree possible on earth But there are centrifugal force ...
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How to shield myself from the LTE radiation coming from my phone while working on my Laptop? [closed]

I am connecting to the internet with the tethering option on my phone. I wonder if there is a way to shield myself from the LTE radiation (Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G) as I am exposed ...
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Physiological Significance of Superposition

To what extent is the concept of superposition appropriate to physiology? In other words, can organisms "actually" exist in a state of superposition?
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Can we define a whole body thermodynamic model for human?

we can consider human body as a thermodynamic system and an energy exchange system, so we can investigate efficiency, entropy, exergy, is there any thermodynamic model for whole body?
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Why does the lack of pressure in outer space affect what's inside our bodies?

I have read multiple similar questions on this site, but none answer specifically the thing I am having trouble understanding. I have read repeatedly that a lack of pressure will cause the fluids ...
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How much ionizing (carcinogenic) radiation is one exposed to on a commercial flight, what are the sources, and how could exposure be minimized? [closed]

I don't know if this is the best place to ask this question, but I figure a physics-based answer would be the most satisfying. I'd be happy to be convinced I'm being paranoid about protecting an ...
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Why is it harder to situp on solid floor?

When I situp on solid floor it is harder for me to lift my body upwards versus on a soft/foamy floor which I can do a lot.
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If a being was able to swallow itself, where would it go physically? [closed]

if a being was made from a special type of material that allowed it to stretch and was very flexible, if it were to swallow itself, where wold it go. I mean the physical aspects of it since it wont be ...
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Voltage homogeneity across cell membrane

During respiration, individual cells produce a relatively large potential difference ($\sim 100$ mV) between the inside and outside, using energy to pump $H^+$ out of the cell to the liquid ...
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Why it's more difficult to walk in an inclined plane than in a causal road [closed]

my question is about something very casual , but when i tried to solve that , it was not easy at all . My question is : "Why when we walk in an inclined plane we get tired more than when we walk in ...
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Lifting and putting down a weight

A man in a gym lifts a weight and then puts it down where it was before. 1) What can be say about the work done by the man to the weight? 2) Can it be equal in absolute value to the work made by ...
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how does voltage sensitive dye determine the membrane potential?

There are so many papers about VSDs and how to use them, but i can not find anything about what exactly is happening in the cell membrane that leads to the change in VSD's light intensity as a sign of ...
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Bimolecular and Isomerization reactions

Is it possible to describe a reaction of the $$ A+B \rightleftharpoons AB $$ exactly using the solution of an isomerization reaction? $$A \rightleftharpoons B$$ I just can not figure it out the ...
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According to the second law of thermodynamics, would life be possible on an Earth always facing the sun?

Suppose the Earth was making one complete rotation around its polar axis every year. Will life develop, or will there be a constant flow of energy from the Sun through and around the Earth? Will a ...
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Do animals defy gravity? [closed]

I am a beginner and trying to understand the concept of gravity Do animals defy gravity? If yes, which animal defies and in what way it does? Sorry had I asked something wrong
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Why was it difficult to walk in the same direction the train's acceleration, and easier the other way around?

The other day while I was walking in the same direction that the train was accelerating. Then I came across this question. Please if would answer it, I am very curious to know. But when I walked the ...
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How much more “work” (or energy) is required for short people to hike uphill?

Let's assume Short Person is 5 feet tall and the Normal Person is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Let's assume the uphill hike has steps with 1 foot height. How much more work or energy does this require ...
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Deriving an upper limit to the information in a human brain

For this question I am presuming that the human brain works deterministically and all information in a human brain is, once you get down to the lowest level, stored through the arrangement and other ...
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What happens at the point of welding iron?

What is the physics behind welding iron? It is obviously the electricity that causes the two metal parts to fuse but what is the role of the welding rod and why is it said to damage your eyes when you ...
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How do snails avoid being cut while crawling over a razor blade? [closed]

This YouTube video shows a snail crawling over the edge of a razor blade without being harmed. The author claims that: To us, slug and snail slime is gooey and gross but the mucus is one of ...
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Hydraulic conductivity and flow rate

I have several sources that have the following equation relating the change of volume in a cell to the hydraulic conductivity (permeability coefficient) $L$ and pressure differential $\Delta P$: $$ ...
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Stability of plants and buildings: the role of the xylem

Dicotyledon plants show a stem structure with many xylem tubes, hollow but with lignified (woody) walls. These are arranged as in the figure below, in a circle. Their roots, on the other hand, have ...
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Can a high-watt laser's scattering light be damaging to the eyes? [closed]

Heyo, I recently purchased a S3 Arctic Class IV laser pointer. I bought the 3500mW. (In case that page expires, it's 445nm wavelength, 1.5mRad variant, NOHD is 279m, beam distance at 0.25 Lux 72km.) ...
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How is a human voice unique? [closed]

Well, I am quite new to concepts of vocal sounds. From the physics point of view I believe a sound has two basic parameters i.e, frequency and amplitude. Considering the end sound wave produced by ...
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Change of energy into friction?

If I am pushing a car and it does not move, I am doing no mechanical work. However, I am changing the energy that was stored in my cells into heat energy (maybe sound energy if my hand slips off the ...
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Is the range of frequency we hear dependent on the natural frequency of our ear?

Is the range of frequency we hear dependent on the natural frequency of our ear? (i guess the question is clear enough. Just writing to meet "quality standards".)
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What parameters could be considered to measure the coiling of a ring?

I want to draw a phase diagram to quantify the coiling of a ring inside my system and I was wondering what parameters could be use to precisely define how coiled the ring is. Currently I am modeling ...
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Short of collision, can gravity itself kill you?

Imagine that you are falling into object with huge gravity (i.e. black hole) that does not have any atmosphere. The question is - before you hit the ground, can the gravity itself (which would be ...
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Why do the vines change their spinning direction? [closed]

Look at the vines holding onto the lattice. The "vine springs" change their spinning direction in the middle. Why? And how do they achieve this? (I notice that some vines fail to get in touch ...
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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 ...