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This broadcast featured the authors Professor Robert Walsh and Nicky Danino, of the popular book Unmasked the Science of Superheroes
Age Range: 13+ (Young Adult) Subject: Non-Fiction, Sci-fi
About the book – Unmasked The Science Of Superheroes
Could your favourite superheroes really exist?
Take a look at the secret science behind superheroes and the incredible real world breakthroughs that could bring them closer to reality than ever before.
Written by seven diverse academics, this is a look into how superheroes (and their abilities) may be closer to real science than you think. Six chapters. Six fascinating areas of science, breaking down the abilities and characteristics of heroes such as Batman, Captain America, Ant-Man, Superman and many more!
Astrophysics: We all know the Guardians of the Galaxy, but could life really be out in the vast expanse of space?
Psychology: What effects could superpowers have on your mental health? This chapter examines how being a hero could take a toll on you mentally as well as physically.
The Human Body: What astounding feats could our human bodies be capable of? Could we ever achieve super strength? And what risks could that bring to us?
Engineering: From armour to robotics limbs, this chapter examines past technology and modern breakthroughs to see if we could really could suit up and fight crime.
Mathematics: This chapter examines concepts such as time travel, super speed and growth, versus real world mathematical theories.
Artificial Intelligence: Characters like Vision and Ultron have become a staple part of comic media, but are we actually getting close to true artificial intelligence? And what effects could that have on society?
Each chapter contains fantastic full colour illustrations that capture the fun and action of a comic book.
This book is perfect for fans who are interested in Sci- Fi stories.
The chat facility is always open, please use this to ask any questions you have to Author, Nicky Dannio and Professor Robert Walsh.
Broadcast Length: 20 Minutes
Robert is a Professor of Solar Physics and is a world-leading expert on the Sun and its interaction with Earth. As well as collaborating with NASA colleagues on their sounding rocket programme, Robert is a Leadership Fellow in Public Engagement with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, specifically working with young people in Blackpool, Lancashire. Robert has helped set a public engagement Guinness World Record and collaborated with several artists to approach engagement with science research in new and creative ways. He is married to Heather, has two teenage children (Matthew and Emma), attends a local church in Preston as well as being a season ticket holder for Preston North End football club.
Nicky is a Principal Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire. She carries out research into
online human behaviour and is particularly concerned with the availability of personal data. Nicky conducts data mining
research experiments on social media networks to analyse user attitudes and to discover what impact the data creates. In her spare time, Nicky enjoys charity-based cosplay and cycling on country roads.
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