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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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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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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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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The difference in how temperature feels inside in the summer vs. in the winter?

72 degrees feels cooler when it's hotter outside, say 90 F but warmer if it's really cold outside, say 32F However it also feels different if it's 90 vs say 70F outside. Why is that?
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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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Does Free Will Theorem imply that quantum mechanics plays crucial role in our brain’s functioning (consciousness)?

Does Free Will Theorem imply that quantum mechanics plays crucial role in our brain’s functioning (consciousness)? Is opposite statement of Free Will Theorem right: If elementary particles have a ...
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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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Space-time hospitality

Are there any reasons to assume that organic processes cannot arise in relatively flat spacetime environments? An argument for the existence of a critial value or window.
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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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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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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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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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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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Can we see sound with our eyes? [closed]

Is there a type of sound within our visual spectrum that we can see with our eyes?
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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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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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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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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 with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 \left(\frac{\...
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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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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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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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Why does wet skin offer less resistance?

I know that water with salts is a good conductor-However wetting a hand only adds water to a not very conductive surface. How does water actually reduce the resistance of skin? The way I am seeing it ...
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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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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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Effects of a very large magnetic field on the human body

Ever since reading about the NHMFL I have always wondered about this and asked several people without getting a good satisfactory answer. My question is, considering the simplest case let's say a ...