Scientists are closer than you might think to creating the superpowers of superheroes such as Wolverine, Spiderman and The Invisible Woman. Dr. Barry Fitzgerald, scientist and superhero expert, explores how to get the superpowers that we see in Hollywood blockbusters in real life, how to introduce such superpowers into modern society and how to control those with superpowers.
The superhero film is dominating the box office. What a year 2016 has been, starting out with Deadpool in February and ending with Doctor Strange in November. And 2017 should prove to be another momentous year for superhero adventures, with films like Wolverine 3, Wonder Woman and Justice League all set for release. But have you ever wondered if we’ll have superpowers in the real world in the future? Have you ever dreamed of having an Iron Man suit or being able to rapidly self-heal just like Wolverine? Well believe it or not, but scientists are surprisingly close to developing superheroes with superpowers.
About Barry Fitzgerald
Barry W. Fitzgerald was born in Limerick, Ireland on October 30th 1979, almost a year after the release of Superman. He studied Applied Physics at the University of Limerick after which he obtained a PhD in Computational Physics from the same university. He has worked at the University of Twente and TU/e, before making the move to Delft University of Technology where he currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Process and Energy Department. Barry has watched the 2012 film The Avengers more than 40 times and his own superpower will always remain a closely kept secret. He is the author of “Secrets of Superhero Science” and his latest book, “Secret Science of Santa Claus”, will be released at the start of November 2016.
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