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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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Why does adding red light with blue light give purple light?

Our eyes contain 3 photoreceptor cells (cones) to perceive three wavelength ranges of light. Here is a visual representation of the wavelengths by these receptors (S, M and L). So if we have light ...
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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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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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Jumping physics [closed]

I know it's quite trivial question, but I would like to know, how to calculate the Y coordinate of jump. I started with vertical throw formula: $$y = y_0 + v_0 * t - \frac{1}{2} * g * t^2$$ Now I ...
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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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Remote EEG Detection / Reading

I recently noted that Phillips, 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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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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A simple derivation of the generalization bounds for the classical perceptron model

I'm basically referring to the great work of Elizabeth Gardner in this matter. I find that her work is often overlooked in the field of neuroscience, arguably because it is too difficult to understand ...
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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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Does staring at a bright LED light damage your eyes?

According to this article it seems that it is the UV part of the spectrum from the Sun that causes damage to the eye. Would it therefore be "safe" to observe directly an equivalent energy density LED ...
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Can high osmotic in nerve, intracellular concentration, lead to 'pumping up' nerve cells, strongly increase internal pressure, myelin sheath broken?

On: http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/6916/can-in-the-case-of-multiple-sclerosis-ms-a-too-high-osmotic-pressure-in-the-n I read a question: Can in the case of multiple sclerosis (MS), ...
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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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Can we use EEG to record signal from spinal cord?

My hype is about the idea that Spinal cord around neck is the place every signal sent to control whole body. So if we can record all signal, we could analyze movement of our body from finger to leg ...
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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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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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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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Understanding the definition of SAR value?

I am confused over the meaning of SAR values and different standards in its definitions. While checking of website a mobile manufacturer company for a mobile phone, I found this statement The SAR ...
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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 ...
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how human is affected because of particle accelerator? [closed]

I saw a TV series The Flash which is about physics fiction. What will happen when the human will caome in contact to bombardment of particle accelerator.
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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 ...