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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Is WiFi safe for humans? [closed]

I have WiFi on at my home almost all the time. I learned that the frequency of visible light is around several hundreds of THz, while the frequency of wifi is only several GHz, which is only ...
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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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Measuring energy when no work is done — comparing push-ups to planks

tl;dr Is there any meaningful (physical) way to compare the energy expended in the exercise of doing $x$ pushups in $t_1$ seconds, vs the exercise of doing the plank for $t_2$ seconds? I'm ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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Can you be your own space suit? [closed]

A few days ago a question was asked on Reddit whether or not a human could survive in space with "just enough" of a spacesuit to plug all the important holes, e.g. a face mask to plug the eyes, ears, ...
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What exactly happens to an exposed human body in space?

I know that space is a vacuum, has no air, and is very, very cold. From what I have seen in movies and TV shows when a space suit is exposed the oxygen will escape like a visible gas and the person ...
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What is the real definition of entropy? [duplicate]

In our bio class our teacher told us that entropy was the amount of heat lost by a system. But I had learned before that entropy was like chaos / disorder in a closed system. Which definition Is ...
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Would there be EMF induced in our body due to electromagnetic radiations?

The experiments of innovative Faraday and Joseph Henry in USA, conducted around 1830, demonstrated conclusively that electric currents were induced in closed coils when subjected to changing magnetic ...
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Missing causal correlation between distant parts in the brain [closed]

The Wikipage on the Primary Motor Cortex says: Evarts suggested that each neuron in the motor cortex contributes to the force in a muscle. As the neuron becomes active, it sends a signal to ..., ...
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Why the visual system does not affect by the quantum zeno effect?

According to the quantum zeno effect, if a measurement is done on a sufficiently high frequency, the system remains stationary. In daily life, human see objects are moving. (i) Is the procedure ...
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What would be the dose rate of 109 grams of uranium per day/year?

I know that with a Pancake probe that can read alpha you can get up to 30K CPM on a small plate. I ordered a 6" red plate off ebay and measured outside the box when it came in. It registered around ...
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Can we trap living cells in optical tweezers?

I read that optical tweezers work on the principle of radiation pressure caused due to momentum change of incident light due to refraction from a spherical object. For refraction to happen the object ...
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Google interview riddle and scaling arguments

I am puzzled by a riddle to which I have been told the answer and I have loads of difficulties to believe in the result. The riddle goes as follows: "imagine you are shrunk to the size of a coin ...
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Questions regarding Vacuum in space [duplicate]

The mention of vacuum has always created questions in my mind. In space isn't there near complete vacuum. If there is then why don't the oxygen travel from the suit to space (because of large ...
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Measuring friction coefficient with a inclined plane. Beetle problem

I want to measure friction coefficient between a beetle and an inclined plane (angle of inclination $\theta$). As we all know, friction coefficient $\mu$ is given with: $\mu=tg \rho$, where $\rho$ is ...
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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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Double slit: Does human attention, such as meditation change the outcomes of the double slit experiment [closed]

From Dean Radin's article published in Physics Essays, the abstract states: Abstract: A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum ...
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Do we know if the human brain follows Moore's Law? [closed]

EDIT This question is extremely badly worded and I would appreciate it if you could ignore it's content. I cut and pasted parts of two related but unfortunately distinctly different questions ...
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Was the early Earth radioactive?

I've been reading of the (surprising) fact we are uncertain on whether there is nuclear fission in the center of the Earth or not (yet we know so much detail on structures at the other end of the ...
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What law of physics did these people think they disproved?

I was trying to understand the Physics of how water gets to the leaves of a tree and found this article which claims some experiment disproved a 300 year old law of Physics. Sounds pretty unlikely... ...
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Tough mudder “Electroshock therapy” obstacle [closed]

The Tough mudder is an obstacle race where some obstacles test someone's mental grit. One of the obstacles is the "Electroshock therapy" where someone has to run through dangling wires that carry ...
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Confusion regarding interpretation of a diffusion related PDE?

So I was reading Keller & Segel paper related to mathematical model of cellular aggregation in slime molds. In the model (considering 2D assumption) we have an equation like below: ...
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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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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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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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What would be walking speed in low gravity?

In $1g$ the average adult human walks 4-5 km in an hour. How fast would such a human walk in a low gravity environment such as on the Moon $(0.17g)$ or Titan $(0.14g)$? Let's ignore the effects of ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why do people with bigger hands/wrists have bigger torque advantages in arm wrestling?

I have arm wrestled people with less strength than me who win simply because they have thicker wrists, or larger hands. It has nary to do with having better technique either, because their wrist size ...
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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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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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Remote EEG detection / reading

I recently noted that Philips, Accenture, and Emotive grouped together to create a proof of concept that would assist ALS patients to gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice, and eye ...
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Do eyeballs exhibit chromatic aberration?

Fairly straightforward question. If not, why not? I suspect that if they do, it is not perceived due to the regions of highest dispersion being in one's region of lowest visual acuity.
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What will happen to a human if he/she falls down into particle accelerator? [closed]

I saw a TV series The Flash which is about physics fiction. What happens if a human comes into contact with a bombardment of particles in a particle accelerator?
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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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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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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 ...