To begin, I'll put it simply. I want superpowers. Badly. No, so badly I could tear my eyes out with pencils, and I really don't want that. (After
all, Superman's X-ray vision wouldn't be so great with Bics sticking out of his sockets).
As far as tech goes...
A company called Spyder developed a flexible suit for skiiers that becomes soild when a force is exerted on it, protecting would be pancakes from
certain doom on the slopes. Now, instantly this reminded me of MIT's research for the government that we've all probably heard of. They're
implenting a similar technology for the super soldiers of tomorrow. It contains a liquid sewn into fabric that solidifies upon impact. Not to mention
their plans for strength augmention, which Wired magazine claims will increase the users strength a hundred fold. Wow... that's awesome.
Ski Suit: www.newscientist.com...
I wonder how strong this ski suit actually is. Hmmm... and with genetic engineering, (which I plan to double major in) we could really breed some
Also, and I can't remember the url, but a university is studying the gecko's ability to adhere to sheer surfaces (they are the only animal that can
stick to walls in a vacuum). They reproduced the ability artificially, kind of a "gecko glove." I don't remember how strong it was, but if they
could further the tech, then slip on some mittens and you're a wall crawler.
My private, and rather naive goal is to create technology that will mimic the feats we see in comics. I reject the idea that more mass equals less
proportional strength (if you double your size, four times the strength, eight times the mass). I know; I'm a bit eccentric, but I figure many people
here are like-minded.
Here are some other interesting facts I gathered from the animal world.
Adult male Orangs are 8 times as strong as an adult human male. They are closer to us in size, especially arm length, than say chimapnzees who are
also said to be very strong.
A Klippspringer, relative of the antelope, can manage a vertical leap of 25 feet while only being a few feet tall (2-3 ft I believe). True, this is a
result of their specialized leg muscles which create enough tension to propell them upward like that. But still, does that not inspire some hope for
us and that idea of leaping tall buildings in a single bound?
Anyways, these are my tidbits, but does anyone here have stories of amazing feats they could share. Or maybe someone has links to technology this post