Comic book heroine teaches science

A superhero with laser powers helps make physics fun

By Bethany Brookshire, 11:10 AM July 23, 2014

Many comic books have characters that challenge everything we know about physics and biology. A man who heals from bullet wounds in seconds. A hero brought to his knees in the presence of a mysterious element. A heroine who carries a lasso that forces someone to tell the truth. While it can be fun to imagine how such abilities could exist, most comic book heroes defy science; they don’t teach it. The American Physical Society is trying to change that with Spectra.

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