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(Space.com)   Nerds use logic and science in attempt to explain Superman   (space.com) divider line 24
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2013-07-15 04:10:37 PM
Ricca, who teaches a course on superhero comics...

really?

really?
 
2013-07-15 04:12:30 PM
Get. A. Life.
 
2013-07-15 04:15:08 PM
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2013-07-15 04:21:02 PM
and 'cause they're new

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2013-07-15 05:28:21 PM
they have a tenuous hold at best

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2013-07-15 05:53:37 PM
 
2013-07-15 06:03:32 PM
He absorbs and refracts solar neutrinos.
 
2013-07-15 06:10:17 PM
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2013-07-15 06:17:00 PM
This is like arguing about the technological differences between startrek and starwars.
 
2013-07-15 06:20:41 PM

BumpInTheNight: This is like arguing about the technological differences between startrek and starwars.


Star Wars is a 70's muscle car, Star Trek is a Prius.

Discuss.
 
2013-07-15 06:29:35 PM
It's all Psionics, you know. His Powers.

He's just a reality warper. He just thinks he's strong.

/too obscure? nah.
 
2013-07-15 06:42:09 PM
It seems that any of these discussions have to ultimately rely on the "a wizard did it" of SciFi: vacuum energy. I don't care what arcane mechanisms are used to describe *how* Superman or any other super-being have their powers, the basic problem of conservation of energy still exists. Some of the shiat Superman does would require several fusion reactors and even 100% conversion of photons from solar energy in his surface area couldn't account for even 1/100000000 of that.
 
2013-07-15 06:51:02 PM

imgod2u: Some of the shiat Superman does would require several fusion reactors.....


What always bugged me more was the things Superman manipulates don't respond the way they should.  Even if you were strong enough to hold a building from the base and lift it into the air, the structure itself would collapse under it's own weight...or something to that effect.

They actually, surprisingly, sort of showed this in Superman Returns when he caught the airplane and it showed the fuselage buckling and he stopped it.

But it's like this.  I'm strong enough to lift, say, a table size graham cracker.  But the cracker would break either in my hands, or just past them, if I tried to actually lift and carry it across the room!
 
2013-07-15 07:02:03 PM

buntz: imgod2u: Some of the shiat Superman does would require several fusion reactors.....

What always bugged me more was the things Superman manipulates don't respond the way they should.  Even if you were strong enough to hold a building from the base and lift it into the air, the structure itself would collapse under it's own weight...or something to that effect.

They actually, surprisingly, sort of showed this in Superman Returns when he caught the airplane and it showed the fuselage buckling and he stopped it.

But it's like this.  I'm strong enough to lift, say, a table size graham cracker.  But the cracker would break either in my hands, or just past them, if I tried to actually lift and carry it across the room!


I would love a table made of graham cracker.

They also showed this in the new movie with the structure giving into its own weight both under his feet and above his hands.
 
2013-07-15 07:36:27 PM
When ever you notice what looks like a logical or scientific inconsistency, just remember:  a wizard did it.
 
2013-07-15 08:09:48 PM

OhioKnight: He absorbs and refracts solar neutrinos.


Best answer. A largely unobservable phenomenon can be used to explain just about anything.
 
2013-07-15 08:10:55 PM
A man with superpowers that came from a destroyed planet, who is weakened by fragments of said planet?

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2013-07-15 08:50:27 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Ricca, who teaches a course on superhero comics...

really?

really?


www.spiderfan.org

The problem with super-strength is always going to be a matter of leverage.
 
2013-07-15 08:52:34 PM
tactile super telekinetic...
telekinesis...only he has to touch it.
only way you can explain the items he catches/carries don't get destroyed and stay in one piece.

/not that telekinesis is explained...
 
2013-07-15 10:06:19 PM
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"In what space, sir, in what space? She's two feet above the ground. Frankly, if Superman really loved her, he'd let her hit the pavement. It'd be a more merciful death.
 
2013-07-15 10:18:43 PM
 
2013-07-16 09:01:10 AM

fusillade762: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Ricca, who teaches a course on superhero comics...

really?

really?

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The problem with super-strength is always going to be a matter of leverage.


Don't forget the physics book.

Using comics to teach is very different then having a class about comics.
 
2013-07-16 10:45:28 AM
I've always liked the time travel origin of Superman. Even more so from the beautiful symmetry from Red Son. That the House of El is actually "Luthor". I wish it had been that way from the get go. Being the true "Man of Tomorrow". I just hate that Earth's mightiest and purest hero is not actually human.
 
2013-07-16 01:11:51 PM

Fubegra: An old classic.


If the problems up to fertilization can be overcome somehow, it seems like there shouldn't be much of a problem after that.  Even if all of the Kryptonian genes are fully expressed and are dominant, superpowers are made possible by exposure to the sun.  There's not much exposure to the sun in the womb.  Maybe a little tiny bit in the case of direct sunlight on an exposed belly?  So, a quality shirt, or even one made for the purpose to inhibit all light transmission, should do the trick.  Of course, the baby might flip out and kill the doctor that smacks its rear end, but that's another matter.  We'll let Supes do that for safety's sake.
 
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