The Science of My Hero Academia

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Minor Spoilers for My Hero Academia Seasons 1–4

Shoto Todoroki has one of the most powerful quirks in My Hero Academia. From his right side, he can instantly produce mountains of ice. From his left, he creates fire so intense the heat can be felt across a stadium. Today, I’d like to investigate how this power works and examine all the coolest(and hottest) things Todoroki can do with it.

I’ll be working under the assumption that quirks result from highly specific instances of long-range quantum tunneling — the process of matter and energy popping from one location to another because of the fundamental uncertainty in their position— and…


Addressing the Biggest Mystery in My Hero Academia

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Spoilers for My Hero Academia Seasons 1–4

The day has come! I’ve discussed quite a few superheroes on this blog already, but today I’m finally covering a universe I’ve been waiting to dissect for months. One where 80% of the population has superpowers and as a result the laws of physics and biology have gone gloriously haywire. It’s time to go beyond and analyze the science of My Hero Academia. But before we discuss how Bakugo avoids blowing his hands off or the thermodynamics behind Todoroki’s hairstyle, we need to lay some foundational assumptions about how powers in this world work. …


Expanding the List of Spectacular Spider Skills

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Spider-Man is awesome. Spider sense, web swinging, wall crawling: what’s not to love? What excites me most about Spidey is how he continues to grow and change. New stories, new media, and most importantly for our purposes, new abilities. I already covered the science behind all of Spidey’s classic abilities in my last post, so today I’ll be diving into some of the newer abilities he’s received over the decades. Specifically, I’ll be looking at wall running, gliding, bioelectricity, and camouflage.

Before we get started, I recommend reading my previous post on Spider-Man:

All caught up? Great. Let’s go!

Wall Running


The Bioengineering Behind Everyone’s Favorite Wall Crawlers

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Spider-Man is one of my all time favorite superheroes. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to swing around on webs, run up walls, and use spider sense. You can imagine how elated I am now that there are so many spider-powered heroes thwiping across the big screen. I love seeing Spider-Man stories brought to life in live action, animation, and video gaming. In tribute to these awesome webheads and all their fans, I’d like to share my thoughts and findings about whether they could exist in our world.

Here are all the powers Peter, Miles, Gwen, and…


The Science of Marvel’s Groot and Avatar’s Eywa

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Spoilers Alert for Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar

Have you ever heard of The Giving Tree? It’s a beloved children’s story about a tree that gave everything it had to its human friend. In real life, we owe so much to trees from the fruits they grow to the air they clean. Trees are wonderful, and they can live for up to thousands of years depending on the species. Imagine if they perceived the world like we do. Imagine if they could accumulate knowledge to share with us over their long lives. Wouldn’t that be incredible?

Storytellers have tackled this concept many times. Perhaps the most famous example…


The Astrophysics of Avatar

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When you love scientific analysis as much as I do, even the most fantastical elements of sci-fi fantasy stories peak your curiosity. I was recently enticed while rewatching Avatar, whose world Pandora is home to breathtaking floating mountains. They’re an incredible sight to behold in the film, but could we ever see them in real life? What do physics and other planetary sciences tell us about this concept?

To answer these questions, we’ll be looking at the force credited with suspending the mountains of Pandora in the film: magnetism. …


How Neuroscience Is Catching Up to Inception

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Daydreaming is incredible. It allows you to enter worlds where anything is possible. The experience can be immersive and euphoric. However, even a daydream is still distinguishable from reality. Our experience of the world around us signals to us the impossibility of our dreams being reality. But what if it didn’t? What if we could actually hijack our minds so that fantasy became imperceptible from reality? Can we control dreams?

Let me be more specific. I’m asking if it’s possible to manipulate the dreams of another person in such a way that they couldn’t even tell they were dreaming, such…


What Happens If You Blink?

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Spoiler Warning For Multiple Episodes of Doctor Who

Today, we’re going to take two topics that I’ve talked about in-depth on this blog and bring them together: Doctor Who and the relationship between consciousness and quantum mechanics. Oh, yes! It’s time to talk about the Weeping Angels. If you’re unfamiliar with these wonderfully terrifying monsters, I’ll let this quote from the Tenth Doctor explain them to you:

The lonely assassins, they used to be called. No one quite knows where they came from, but they’re as old as the universe, or very nearly, and they have survived this long because they have the most perfect defence system ever…


Understanding the Power that’s Inside!

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I was recently watching a video from Minute Earth discussing the closest real-world animals to everyone’s favorite pocket monsters. The video does a great job of taking each of the four starter Pokémon featured above and explaining where adaptations similar to theirs have occurred in nature. This got me thinking about exactly how far of these fictional adaptations could progress if they evolved in real-world animals. Could some version of these Pokémon exist? To answer that, I’ll be building off of the analysis performed by other science enthusiasts and adding my own hypotheses to put together a case for the…


Will We Ever See Trees the Size of Mountains?

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Warning: This Post Contains Extremely Minor Spoilers for Jedi: Fallen Order

I love climbing trees. I’ve been climbing them for as long as I can remember. It’s always fun to find out just how many different branches you can reach. I also love hiking. I enjoy the breathtaking views, the interesting things I find along a trail, and the physical challenge. It’d be great if I could spend as much time climbing a tree as I do a mountain. Imagine a tree the size of a mountain. Imagine the scenery you’d experience while climbing it. But is it even possible for a tree to grow to this size?

I came up…

Zia Steele

Drawing the lines between reality and fiction…and then blurring them appropriately.

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