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 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. ...
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Humans and color at night [closed]

Why we can't see colors at night?
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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 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 right,...
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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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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 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 into ...
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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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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: $\frac{\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 3|\...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Chromatic aberration in human eye [duplicate]

A lens focuses the different colours of white light at different points. Since our eye has a convex lens there should also be such an aberration but we see objects clearly with normal eye. I want to ...
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What would happen to the human body if we went almost at the speed of light? [duplicate]

If we were to travel almost at $299\,792\,458~m/s$, or the speed of light, what would happen to the human body? Would the human body stay the same or would there be consequences that would harm the ...
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What happens when a bird lands on a power line?

I know that when a bird is sitting on a high-voltage power line, virtually no current flows through the bird because there is (almost) no voltage drop between its legs, the two points are ...
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If radiation didn't exist, would everything live longer? [closed]

I recently noticed that dying of old age is similar to a death by radiation - hair loss, weakened immune system etc. and I was wondering - Does background radiation limit our lifespan, or that of any ...
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Why do we (3 dimensional creatures) see in 2 spatial dimensions? [closed]

Why do us humans, as 3-dimensional (in terms of space) creatures, see everything in 2 dimensions? Is it because the surface of every 3-dimensional object is 2 dimensional? Or because light enters our ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness an obstacle to finding a physical theory of everything? Why or why not?

I do not understand how, without understanding the mind and how (physical) neural interactions within the brain give rise to consciousness, one can have a definitive theory of everything. There will ...
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Understanding quantum coherence in biological processes (Magnetoreception)

Moved my questions to the top. Context below. Why is the strength of the electric field and the coupling constant being compared to the inverse coherence time? What is the inverse coherence time? Is ...
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Kettlebell squats center of mass

I should, first of all, state that I have very limited knowledge of physics but as a fitness enthusiast the following question has puzzled me for a while. When I do squats on the gym holding a ...
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How long would it take for a smelly object to evaporate?

This question is a follow on from this deleted one: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/177894/26076 as I was writing what I thought to be a valid physics answer to it. Version 1 of this question ...
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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?