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 further can I throw a baseball (148 grams) than a grenade (453 grams)?

Question: Over a flat plane, how much further can I throw a Major League baseball than I can an M67 grenade? Major League baseball: 148 grams M67 frag grenade: 453 grams For a baseline of how ...
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Biophysics and mathematical biology landmark papers [closed]

I am PhD student in biophysics, and I am looking for interesting theoretical papers for my personal training and for journal club presentations. Going on journal websites and browse the thousands of ...
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Is electricity constant in standard ECG device? [closed]

I am reading the book Bioelectromagnetism by Malmivuo et al. I am thinking if you need to use Maxwell equations in electromagnetism of ECG device. I am not sure if you need to change the current ...
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The needs of photonic senseor for biomedical applications

I am doing a literature review on the topic mentioned in the title. When I write the review, I found myself a contradiction. Just want to listen to opinions from others :P Nowadays, the development ...
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Nobel prize for (dangerous) LED lamps? [closed]

There are many scientific articles about the danger of LED lamps (see below from the LED magazine, from scientific american, from a governmental journal and from Harvard health newsletter): Light ...
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How strong of magnetic field would noticibly attract a person?

There is Iron in blood. Iron is magnetic. Roughly how strong would a magnet have to be to induce a noticeable attraction? It would be nice to know this for several distances. Also, do electromagnets ...
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Magnetic field of a living human [duplicate]

Is it true that a human body is like a bar magnet? Say our head is north pole while the legs are south pole, or vice versa? If so, can we confirm it by experiment say with the 360 Pro compass etc?
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Why does an electric field oppose the flow of positive ion?

I'm solving a very interesting problem. Suppose a cell is divided into inside and outside. Inside we have positive ions and outside we also have positive ions in different concentration. Suppose ...
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Is Water the only Liquid of Life? [closed]

What makes scientists think that water is better at sustaining life than every other substance? every organism we know of needs water to survive. In fact, without water, life on Earth would have ...
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Matter and Electrical Impulses

The human brain is composed of about 100 billion neurons; with trillions of synapses. These synapses transmit signals, which is obviously made of some sort of matter. This is what creates thought and ...
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How to calculate when wheels are better than legs?

We all know that it uses less energy to go by wheeled transport than walking if the terrain is smooth and there are not too many hills. We also all know that when going up steep hills we get off ...
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How much work will a human do to lift a weight?

I saw a pretty simple homework question here that asked how much work it takes to lift a 200 kg weight, and while the math for a basic answer is simple the weightlifter in me instead wanted to ...
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Cyclist's electrical tingling under power lines

It's been happening to me for years. I finally decided to ask users who are better with "practical physics" when I was told that my experience – that I am going to describe momentarily – prove that I ...
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Electromagnetic fields and human behaviour

To what extent does electromagnetic fields and/or radiation from space have influence on human behaviour and/or physiology?
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How muscle force work? [closed]

If muscle works with force on joint and joint works with exact force on muscle(newton III law) how can muscle drag much heavier weight than itself?
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Do we breathe air by creating a vacuum?

How do we suck air into our lungs, are we generating a vacuum?
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dose physics affectthe biological like this [closed]

According to neural sciences the brain process information and reacts in 1 teen of a seconds the numbers add up to be 10.596674 loest is 30 to 20 years the course of time in reality recorded by our ...
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Validity of a steady state solution of reaction-diffusion equation

I am performing a simulation involving growth of bacteria. This is an agent-based simulation where the solutes (glucose, oxygen etc.) are represented as a concentration field discretised over space, ...
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How to generate Red light from a Blue-Dominated Spectrum [closed]

I have a white LED light source, the spectrum of which looks as follows --- I want to filter out red light from this white LED source. But as you can see the spectrum dwindles in the red zone. And ...
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How do you calculate the power needed to keep something stationary? [duplicate]

1) If I place an object on a table, it will sit there forever. There's no change in potential or kinetic energy. If I hold the object at the end of my outstretched arm, eventually I can't do it ...
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The mathematical physics of saltatory neuron action potential transmission

Some time ago, I tried to understand saltatory electrical potential transmission on a myelinated axon but have not found a clear mathematical model of this mechanism. I understand the cable theory, ...
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What happens to proteins under x ray/gamma ray radiation?

A simple question to which I am yet to find an answer. I have not found any papers which would go into detail about it, there is some stuff on protein damage in x-ray crystallography but they are ...
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What are some publications which continue Schrödinger's “What is life?” discussion?

I'm looking for modern publications on the physical nature of life in which the primary reference is to the discussion started by Schrödinger in 1944 in his book "What is life". For example, ...
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Why is work not related to velocity?

A very simple question; why does it cost me more energy to very slowly lift a mass $m$ over my head compared to very fast? The definition of work does not state anything about velocity, only the ...
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Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done?

I read the definition of work as $$W ~=~ \vec{F} \cdot \vec{d}$$ $$\text{ Work = (Force) $\cdot$ (Distance)}.$$ If a book is there on the table, no work is done as no distance is covered. If I ...
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``What is life?'' by a physicist definition [closed]

The question is about defining ``What is life?'' in the field of Physics. Whether there is any (insightful) way of defining ``What is life?'' from physicists. There are pioneer works, including ...
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Walking & Swinging

How can I show that the most convenient way to move the arms while walking is swinging them back and forth, alternatively? To pose the question in another way: can I prove, starting from the ...
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Fluctuation spectrum of lipid bilayer membranes

I am interestend in calculating the fluctuation spectrum of a thermally fluctuating 2d membane which is only subject to a surface tension $\sigma$. ($\mathcal{H}=\sigma\int\mathrm{d}A$) Depending in ...
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How to calculate calorie expidenture from lifting a weight?

Am I correct to say that when a human lifts a dumbbell from, say, 2 feet off the ground to 6 feet off the ground, he will have increased the potential energy of the weight and thus will have burned ...
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Frequency of touch, taste, and scent [closed]

So I was thinking about sound - and how anything below 20Hz is basically inaudible to humans (because it is too low of a frequency to be recognized), as well as anything above around 20KHz (because it ...
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Electric impluses inside nerve cells

I'm not a biologist, nor physicist, but there is one thing I try to understand about the elecricity inside human body. I wasn't sure whether place this question here, or perhaps on biology portal, but ...
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How does a pressure suit work?

I recently learnt that a suit called pressure suit is worn by fighter plane pilots to prevent red-outs and black-outs. And it seems to be work by - "..applying pressure to selective portions of ...
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Seeking help on simplified mathematical (biophysical) model of serpentine locomotion in viscoelastic environment

I'm trying to build a mathematical model of C. elegans locomotion under overdamped viscous environment. In order to simplify this problem, I use six discrete pieces of rigid cylinders to represent ...
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A quantitative explanation of EM coherence domains in liquid with DNA

I've been looking with interest at a recent biology paper claiming that DNA molecules give off electromagnetic signals which can cause the same types of molecules to be reconstructed at a remote ...
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Medical/Physics Question - Cut Off Finger Preservation

This question might require some knowledge of medical/tissue, but physicists seem to know everything, so figured I've give it a shot here ;) When people put cut off fingers they are told to put the ...
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How accurately can we measure human electromagnetic fields?

How accurately can our current technological tools measure the human bio-electromagnetic field emitted by a person? Or, to put it differently, does each person have a different electromagnetic field ...
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“In-head” sound intensity with and without earplugs

When you bite something in two pieces, e.g. a piece of hard candy, you hear the sound through two sources: vibrations in the air, entering your ears from the outside and internal vibrations in your ...
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Why electric field has a major role in vision?

Although the electromagnetic wave is made op of both electric and magnetic fields the electric field contributes much in vision and is thus, called the light vector. But, why is it that the electric ...
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While holding an object, no work done but costs energy (in response to a similar question)

I read the answer to Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done? and wanting to know more, I asked my teacher about it without telling him what I read here. Instead of ...
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Meaning of Lagrange Multiplier in Ou-Yang and Helfrich's Shape equation for Membrane

Dear people in Physics Stackexchange, My question is mostly related to the following papers: U. Seifert, Z. Phys. B 97, 299 (1995). "The concept of effective tension for fluctuating vesicles". U. ...
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Which body position causes the least amount of negative acceleration? [closed]

Let's say you are in the air 500 meters above flat land and you have no parachute. Which pose - forming a sphere or spreading all extremities to make yourself as wide as possible or other - is the ...
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Is two cars colliding at 25 mph the same as one car colliding into a wall at 50 mph in reference to injuries?

This question has been asked using 50 & 100 mph reference, see this Phys.SE post and links therein. However, I am interested in the potential injuries to occupants of the autos. As the one going ...
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Would a $50\: \mathrm{Hz}$ spinning magnetic plate in front of a human generate harmful current?

We know that spinning magnetic plate will generate current inside any wire. so if we stand before 50Hz spinning magnetic plate, then, does that 50Hz spinning magnetic plate in front of us (human body ...
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Can there be some non-electromagnetic radiation which would be perceived by human eye as light?

Can there be some non-electromagnetic radiation which would be perceived by human eye as light? I mean, say ultra-sound or some particle rays etc.
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Does the space between molecules have no pressure?

In any living organism there exists are space between cells filled with interstitial fluid. Loss of this fluid into abnormal areas (3rd spacing) can cause relative to severe hypo-volemia. The fluid ...
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physically modelling the Saltatory nerve impulse transmission?

The nerve impulse transmission is specifically a biophysical process. Under a resting stage, the membrane is already polarised (presence of charge on either side leading to a potential difference ...
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Is it only red, green and blue that can make up any color through additive mixture?

I'm reading about color vision and have some trouble understanding the motivation for why the trichromatic theory was suggested in the first place. The book I'm reading ("Psychgology: The science of ...
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Difference in perception of unpolarized and polarized light

What is the difference in perception of polarized light and unpolarized light? What difference does polarized light cause to our eyes?
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How do stun guns not kill people?

Now, I've seen a lot of answers to this sort of question, but most of them provide answers that don't actually make sense from a physics perspective. As an example of such an answer, I've commonly ...
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Calories burned doing 1 squat [closed]

To calculate the calories burned doing 1 squat, wouldn't it simply involve the distance that your center of mass is moving and your weight? I read some other article that said your legs act as levers, ...