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Friday, March 22, 2013

Superman and Science

A while back I wrote a brief summary of the popular science books that utilize Superman and other superheroes to teach scientific concepts. This method is still at work. In a Scientific American blog, Kyle Hill writes 'Superman Explains Why He Didn't Destroy the Russian Meteor.' You may recall that meteor, hitting the atmosphere above  the town of Chelyabinsk about a month ago. The explosion, in the atmosphere, shattered windows and shook the earth.

So, in order to explain why it would have been a bad idea to destroy the meteor in flight, Kyle imagines Superman telling people why he decided to let the atmosphere take care of it.

“We can only speculate, as no one has ever exploded a bomb of that size at that height,” said the Man of Steel, “but if I punched the meteor where it disintegrated over Chelyabinsk, I probably would have killed people.”

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