Journal of Physics Special Topics

Physics students devise concept for Star Wars-style deflector shields

If you have often imagined yourself piloting your X-Wing fighter on an attack run on the Death Star, you'll be reassured that University of Leicester students have demonstrated that your shields could take whatever the Imperial ...

May 01, 2014 in General Physics
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Who's the best-equipped superhero? Student research settles 'superpower showdown'

Students at the University of Leicester have been using simple calculations to explain the feasibility of the powers behind of some of the most prominent comic book superheroes known around the world.

Jun 10, 2016 in Other
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Can you drive fast enough to avoid being clocked by speed cameras?

Anyone wanting to avoid being caught out by speed cameras can do so very simply - by obeying the speed limits.

Mar 25, 2014 in General Physics
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Fluid dynamics explain how quickly a vampire could drain your blood

Throughout human history there have been tales of vampires โ bloodsucking creatures of folklore that prey on their victims by draining their life essence, usually via the blood.

Mar 19, 2016 in General Physics
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Physics students explore feasibility of surviving zombie viral infection

A real-life zombie outbreak would leave the world's population in shambles, with less than 300 survivors remaining a mere one hundred days into the apocalypse, according to students from the University of Leicester.

Jan 06, 2017 in General Physics
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Usain Bolt's superhuman speed would give him the power of flight on Titan

We all know Usain Bolt is one of the fastest people on Earth. Now, students have shown his superhuman speeds would actually allow him to fly like a bird on one of Saturn's moons while wearing a wingsuit.

Mar 03, 2014 in General Physics
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To infinity and beyond: Teleporting humans into space

In the science fiction show, Star Trek, teleportation is a regular and significant feature. But how much time and power is required to send the data needed to teleport a human being?

Jul 30, 2013 in General Physics
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The model for a perfect human pyramid

Physics students from the University of Leicester have calculated the formula for a perfect human pyramid โ and have found that the best suited candidates are groups of men, women and children rather than formations of ...

Apr 14, 2015 in General Physics
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Racing cars on walls would be possible, according to student paper

Driving a racing car at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground could be possible with the right track design, suggest University of Leicester students

Mar 13, 2014 in General Physics
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Superman's solar-powered feats break a fundamental law of physics

It goes without saying that Superman can accomplish some pretty spectacular feats. But according to students, the Man of Steel actually achieves the impossible โ by breaking the fundamental physics law of conservation of ...

Jul 31, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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