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 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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Could cell-phone radiation cause cancer?

It is very crucial that I ask whether it could and not whether it does. I do not mean to be the least controversial. To my surprise, having read "Physics for Future Presidents" by Richard Muller last ...
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Physics of exercise/movement [on hold]

I am a Pilates teacher and a student asked me why an exercise (ie the Pilates 100) is more difficult when your legs are suspended off the edge of an apparatus (more distance to the floor)as opposed to ...
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Why don't hexapods gallop?

I haven't observed any terrestrial hexapods that gallop like agile tetrapods(cheetahs/horses). Instead, I've observed that all of them scuttle which constrains their maximum velocity. And after ...
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Is light spectra different for all living bodies? [closed]

As we know that honey bees can see lots of different colours, is it possible that the light spectra is different for them? My main question is that is light spectra different for all living organisms?...
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How does eating a cold ice cream actually heat up your body? [closed]

The question is the title itself. During winter one of my friend told we'll have an ice cream. And rest of us where like are you nuts. He was like cold ice-cream actually heats up your body. Even I ...
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Mikrotubule growth and master equations

I am looking for a description of the growth of mikrotubules governed by a set of master equations. I have problems with proper derivation and the boundary conditions. Model: The mikrotubules can ...
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How neutrinos can be harmful?

What are the circumstances in which neutrinos can harm humans or even kill them.?
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Is the amount of the soil reduced when plants grow? [migrated]

According to the principle of mass conservation I think the amount of the soil should be reduced when plants grow. But this reduction is not observable so much. For example, some trees (big trees) ...
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Why human body is not affected on magnetic field?

Electric-current easily cause shock to human body. But magnetic fluxs through human body do-not cause any perceptible change, as-well no invisible-impacts/ health impacts are well-known. We, when hold-...
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Why is the efficiency of human cells less than the efficiency of an Otto engine?

I always used to think (I don’t know why!) that the efficiency of human (and animal and plant) cells should be equal to or near the efficiency of a Carnot engine or at least should be the highest ...
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How can I get the sensitivity of some eye cone at a specific wavelength?

The following graph shows the sensitivity for eye cones and rods, but I want to know e.g. what is the red cone sensitivity for a wavelength of 500 nm? How can I find an answer for questions like this?...
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Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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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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Are all radioisotopes equally dangerous? [closed]

I'm currently writing an issues investigation on the radioisotope plutonium-239. It's difficult to talk about the dangers of the radioisotope itself, since information on the internet is mixed. ...
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A dead body floats with its head immersing in water . Why?

I found this question in my practice book . I want to know about it .
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Why does our eyes see red when exposed to too much light? [closed]

When I looked into my projector when it was on the blue screen it left a red spot in my vision. I should not have tried it but all the colors left a red spot. Why not a blue or yellow spot was left?
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Can we write the wave function of the living things? If yes then how? [closed]

In quantum mechanics we studied that everything has a wave function associated with it.My question is can we write down the wave functions of things. Then how we can write down the wave functions of ...
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How does electrical energy develop by concentrating ions on one side of a biomembrane?

In biology there is a topic called oxidative phosphorylation. In the first step of this process substrates such as isocitrate is oxidised and the electrons are transferred to coenzymes NAD+ or FAD ...
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What are the problems in the idea that a person would freeze to death in outer space?

It is said that the body would freeze to death, if left in outer space, which is true, since the temperature is around $3$K. But what are the flaws in this theory, in terms of thermodynamics (if we ...
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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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Singing: Resonance body open-closed or closed-closed?

Googling yields contradictory results, so here my question: When I sing, my vocal chords vibrate, but my whole body is the resonance body, right? So I would say that when I think about standing waves ...
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Adverse Health Effects of Strong Radio Waves

A while ago, I was hiking near the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles. When I got to the sign, I found out it was fenced off; with several signs and a security camera promising prompt enforcement. As I was ...
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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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Do human bodies give off a consistent but unique radiation/electromagnetic/energy signature?

Is there any facet of the energy emitted by a human body that is consistent and unique - like a fingerprint, but a signal that could be detected by a remote device?
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How much energy (eV) is in a mosquito's wing beat?

We're all familiar with the annoying sound of a mosquito near our ear. I estimate the wing beat frequency to be in the 400 to 800Hz range (to accomodate the Bruce Willis and Danny de Vito of mosquitos ...
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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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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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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 the human body feel loud music?

I was sitting close to a speaker and I could feel the sound coming from it all over my body, especially in my heart, and it pounded with the loud beats of the music. Was my heart pounding because of ...
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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 much magnetic field will be required to levitate a human? [duplicate]

According to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqKeiiezqzc it should be possible to levitate humans because the water in our bodies is diamagnetic - but it is stated (at 1:14) "although ...
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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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Why does adding red light with blue light give purple light?

Our eyes contain 3 photoreceptor cells (cones) to perceive three wavelength ranges of light. Here is a visual representation of the wavelengths by these receptors (S, M and L). So if we have light ...
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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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Does the human body have a resonant frequency? If so, how strong is it?

Inspired by this question on Music beta SE, I'm wondering if the human body has a strong resonant frequency. I guess the fact that it's largely a bag of jelly would add a lot of damping to the system, ...
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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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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 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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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 ...