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 does the sky look blue rather than violet? [duplicate]

Sky looks blue because because our eyes are sensitive to blue colour. But when viewed through a camera why don't we see violet of the sky even though we can see violet colour of other pictures taken ...
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Singing for physicists: How to resonate by body cavities with my voice?

My body has various cavities, such as my throat, mouth, chest, and nose. This cavities have resonant frequencies. I also have a voice box, which creates sound. How do I create sounds at the resonant ...
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Factors affecting pain of static electricity shock

Referring to How to avoid getting shocked by static electricity?, someone I knew suffered much pain from static electric shocks when touching door knobs or car doors where I didn't feel anything doing ...
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Why is pale coloured skin said to absorb more UV?

Many resources state that light skin/pale skin absorbs more UV than dark-colour skin. Doesn't black absorb maximum radiation? For an example, see this article: Natural selection therefore ...
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Visualise the sound intensity

I'm studying Biophysics and my current subject is sound. One of the properties of sound is intensity. From my notes I can see the following definition: Intensity Formula is: $(I = w*m^{-2})$ or $(I = ...
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Physics involved in the DNA-structure discovery

In 1962 Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins won the Nobel Prize: For their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for ...
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Laser tattoo removal

I would like to know if someone could please briefly explain how laser technology of tattoo removal works? And second, could there possibly be any dangers to cells, specially on bones?
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Why do we lift our feet when we walk?

I'm not sure if this is a good question for here- albeit if I asked it somewhere else I'd want the physical argument. Why do we lift our feet when we walk, as opposed to doing something like ...
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Top speed for a human

What is the fastest that a human being of average weight could possibly travel, and what is the most widely held theory for how this might be achieved (assuming this person is impervious to all forms ...
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Frequency resonance of Bones, and other parts of the human body [duplicate]

Today in class we were learning about states of matter. I found out that in a solid the atoms are vibrating. This caused me to think about how crystal glass will break if an opera singer sings high ...
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Human Muscle Energy - Increases or Decreases by doing work?

When Human does some work, he gets tired. I will think he looses some energy. If he really loses energy by doing work how does he gain more strength to do more work later. His muscles become strong ...
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Can the brain detect the passage of a neutrino?

On a few occasions either in bed or sitting around a fire, with my eyes closed, I rarely but sometimes see a very quick fast flash of white and then, with my eyes still closed, the flash disappears ...
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How can ants carry items much heavier than themselves?

This morning I saw an ant and suddenly a question came to my mind: how do ants actually carry items much heavier than themselves? What's the difference (in physics) between us and them?
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How would swimming in low gravity work?

Sorry I know very little of actual physics, I'm not looking for hard and fast numbers just a general idea of how the mechanics would work. For the sake of argument, say you were on a planet or moon ...
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What does Peter Parkers formula represent?

Okay, so the trailer for the new Spider Man movie is out and appearently our friendly physicist from the neightborhood came up with something. However I can't find out what this is. Transcription: ...
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Using formula for work with distance of 0m [duplicate]

Consider this: Wind is pushing a huge rock towards me at with massive force at 2m/s. I push against the rock at equal force so the rock stays still. I am clearly "working" very hard, using a lot of ...
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Will increased air pressure increase efficiency of solute diffusion into a membrane?

Biophysics question: I have a container with a biological tissue inside of solution where the solute slowly diffuses across the membrane and binds inside of the tissue. If I were to put this unsealed ...
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What are the main issues that are preventing a human mission to Mars? [closed]

Is it just because it'd be very expensive? Or are there serious problems that need to be dealt with, studied and solved? If so, what are they?
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a question regarding Fourier transform in electron microscopy

I have recorded a micrograph of a 2-D array at a magnification of 43,000x on my DE-20 digital camera, which has a 6.4 μm pixel size and a frame size of 5120 × 3840 pixels. This magnification is ...
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Molecular simulation applied to astrobiology

There is some research group which use molecular dynamics simulations to study the origin of life according to the hypothesis of abiogenesis? I'm just beginning to know this subject so I don't know ...
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How do birds generate thrust?

I have been watching this video carefully and I want to know how the wings of birds generate thrust. This is because the wings are more or less flapping up and down --- generating the lift. But I do ...
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What is one human power? [closed]

some time ago I was asked what the HP equivalent of a human was, looking into this apart from in the creation of steam engines the power definition 1 Horse power was set at the work of two of the best ...
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Work power and energy

When you push your bicycle up on an inclined the potential energy of the bicycle and yourself increases. Where does this energy come from?
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How much energy does it take to hold a bag? [duplicate]

I'm holding a bag with some mass $m$. The force required for not letting it fall is equal to its weight $m \cdot g_L$ (where $g_L$ is the local gravity, assuming Earth this is $\approx 9.8 \; \text{m} ...
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Why do I hear a deep rumble when I cover my ears?

Probably a trivial thing but a simple google search didn't show anything relevant about it. If I cover both of my ears with my hands, I hear a very deep rumble. If I slowly move my hands away the ...
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What biology knowledge can be applied in physics? [closed]

After asking a commensurate question in Biology.SE (What physics knowledge can be applied to biology of organisms and ecosystems?), I wonder about the reverse direction: What biology knowledge can be ...
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Polonium tea emergency [closed]

Let's assume that I just realised that tea I drunk 30 minutes ago during meeting with a secret agent was doped with radioactive polonium. What should I do? What the doctors will do? Are there ...
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A parameter to quantify instability in flight

Suppose I have plotted the body angles of a flying aeroplane.I have two such plots. One of a normal plane, and the other plot in which a primary sensor of the aeroplane is removed. So with the absence ...
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How are the calories in food calculated?

This is intended to be a fun question. Calorimetry used for calculating the heat generated from chemical changes has been around for centuries, however, I suspect the process for calculating food ...
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How much does increased world population contribute to global warming?

In 1974 there where 4 billion people on earth. Now in 2013 we passed 7 billion people. So the world population is nearly doubled in 40 years. Every living human being also haves a body temperature of ...
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What is our estimated running speed on Moon's surface?

I was wondering if we have the chance to run on the Moon's surface, how would you expect it look like? I expect our velocity will increase for the same work we do on Earth, but not sure if this will ...
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Possible dangers of power lines radiation, wi-fi and gsm technology [closed]

I'd like to know more about the topic mentioned in the title. I have 3 questions. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on any of those. So if high voltage power lines can cause harm to a human in some ...
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How does blood/saliva boil in outer space?

Why would the blood boil? Is it because of the temperature or pressure? Because I really can't figure it out. I thought space didn't have a temperature above freezing unless close to a star or the ...
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What's the difference between running up a hill and running up an inclined treadmill?

Clearly there will be differences like air resistance; I'm not interested in that. It seems like you're working against gravity when you're actually running in a way that you're not if you're on a ...
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Would a six-inch person face certain death when falling from a great height?

In Mary Norton's The Borrowers Aloft, the borrowers are like humans in every way except size - normal adult height is six inches. One family of three is captured by a human couple and housed in an ...
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If we increase the aperture of a telescope and decrease its magnification, can it be harmful to the eyes?

The full moon is the brightest object in the night sky. I believe that if we increase the aperture of the objective, and decrease the magnification of the telescope, it might concentrate a dangerous ...
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Order of magnitude estimation for some intriguing questions

The physics TA showed us a few examples in which one can estimate many things from first principles, sound logic, and scaling arguments. This led usually to understanding of why some numbers have the ...
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Will the usage of Exo-Skeleton Gear actually weaken the human body over time? [closed]

As we all know, Exo Skeletons as they exist now are just a series of Force multiplying apparatuses working together, also the human body changes to accommodate environment specific factors in order to ...
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Why are flight feathers asymmetric?

I've always heard that flight feathers were asymmetric because the shape generates lift, like an airplane wing airfoil shape. But, the feathers are not oriented with the shaft perpendicular to the ...
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Why human and most of vertebrates cannot see Near-Infrared light (720nm-1500nm)? [closed]

On daytime, the surface of Earth is illuminated abundantly by light of spectrum from 250nm-1500nm, that includes near-ultraviolet spectrum (250nm-380nm), visible spectrum (380nm-720nm) and ...
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Do mobile phones produce radiation harmful to humans? [closed]

What are the health effects of mobile phone radiation (if any)? Does using a mobile phone without an SIM card change the answer?
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What's Optimal About Six Legs According to Physical Laws? [closed]

In many respects the insects can be regarded as the most successful class of animals in evolutionary terms. And one of the most common features of insects is that they (mostly) all have six legs. Not ...
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The physical definition of work seems paradoxical

So this is possibly a misunderstanding of the meaning of work, but all the Physics texts, sites, and wiki that I've read don't clear this up for me: In the simplest case with the simplest statement, ...
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What is the physical clock ticking inside a living cell? [closed]

What is the physical process which determines the timescale of the aging of a living cell? It might be that on the macroscopic scale, i.e., aging of the human, the gravitational force is one factor ...
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What was the motivation behind suggesting the trichromatic theory of vision?

Background In this thread, I asked whether it is true that the colors red, green and blue, through additive mixture, can make up any color. Turns out they can't. However, when reading about the ...
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How do we represent 'smell' and 'taste' as signals?

I was wondering if we could represent 'smell' and 'taste' as signals like we do for audio. How do we mathematically represent them? Is there any research papers related to it? Can someone give me ...
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Brain and UV rays [closed]

I heard that brain can be switched off using ultra violet rays. I seek experts comments on this. Is it true? If it is so how it is possible to control brain by UV rays?
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How does the Darma - Smart Cushion work? Explanation of the new fiber loop ring-down spectroscopy

How does the Darma - Smart cushion monitor your sitting position and obtain the breathing rate, body movements, and BCG (Ballistocardiography) signals? The creators say that they accomplish this by ...