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In real life, there are actually some people who dress differently and patrol the streets on their own, occasionally fighting crime. But is it possible for a true comic book hero to exist in real life?
The 10 superheroes below could be saving the planet now, or sometime in the future.
Sure, some comparisons are a bit of a stretch, but this is inevitable or we would actually have superheroes walking our streets.
Cyclops, one of the leaders of the X-Men, shoots a powerful beam of energy from his eyes. This sounds like pure science fiction, but physicists at Massachusetts General Hospital have already managed to alter human cells so that they can emit light of their own. The team modified human kidney cells to produce the green fluorescent protein that makes the jellyfish glow.
Illuminated cells are easier to control, which has positive implications for cancer treatment. As a side effect, however, the researchers said this could cause people to shoot beams from their eyes.
Unfortunately, it would probably be more like a flashlight than a death ray.
9. The Swamp Monster
In the comics, Alec Holland was a scientist working with swamp samples when a bomb is detonated in his laboratory. Instead of killing him, the explosion made him the Swamp Monster - half plant, half man. He has super strength and the ability to communicate with plants.
Although communication with plants is not possible in real life, one thing that is theoretically possible is to have a hybrid energy, half human, half vegetable. Specifically, it is possible for humans to receive energy from the sun through photosynthesis. Most animals, including humans, do not use photosynthesis for energy. However, scientists have found that a small group of animals do, like the pea aphid and the eastern mango. The only vertebrate animal that uses photosynthesis is the spotted salamander.
In 2011, a University of California biologist injected zebrafish embryos with photosynthetic bacteria. Although fish has not started photosynthesis, it has accepted bacteria in the body well. This gives hope that other animals, even us, may one day use such bacteria to capture energy.
However, we would still need leaves or some similar organ to maximize the amount of energy from the sun. To absorb solar energy, a flat shape that humans simply do not have is required. So while it is theoretically possible for us to become more “plants,” it would be a terrible superpower to have.
8. Captain America
When World War II broke out, Steve Rogers wanted to fight the Nazis. He was a small, weak man, but he had a big heart. So he was chosen for the Super Soldier project and injected with a serum that made him strong and powerful - he became Captain America.
It is not possible to get taller through drugs like Steve Rogers did. Bones just don't grow like that. However, it is possible to become taller through painful surgeries. Doctors break bones and implant sticks that extend at the rate of 1 millimeter per day. One man managed to grow 15 centimeters after two surgeries.
In addition to growing, the fictional Rogers also got much stronger from just one injection, which is possible. A team from the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (USA) has developed a “vaccine” that increases muscle mass with a single injection.
It uses a virus that encodes folistatin protein, which suppresses a gene called myostatin, a muscle growth inhibitor. This injection is intended for patients suffering from muscle diseases. The muscles do not grow overnight, but for six months.
Wolverine is known for many things, including his incredible healing power and his adamantium-reinforced skeleton, an almost indestructible fictional metal. A Harvard researcher accidentally found a gene that could help with rapid regeneration. Researching cancer, he pierced the ears of genetically engineered mice with a gene that renews stem cells. A short time later, the holes in the ears had healed.
Other scientists are studying the joining of organic materials and metals to increase resistance. Two researchers at the Max Planck Institute (Germany) have developed a process called atomic layer deposition that can be used to strengthen bones.
Finally, researchers are developing ever stronger metals. In 2008, a group from North Carolina State University (USA) developed an iron alloy from nanoscale crystals that is stronger than any other alloy and maintains its shape even at very high temperatures.
Is it possible to have your genetics altered by a spider? Theoretically, yes, but it is quite unlikely. The spider would need to infect the patient with a retrovirus, which carries genetic information. Genetic information, then, would have to alter the DNA of almost every cell in the body. If the alteration in the DNA gave the person the hair of a spider, then he could scale walls - but the "hero's" hands and feet would be super-hairy. These hairs could also explain Spider-Man's sixth sense, but one would only feel vibrations and changes in nearby air pressure.
A possible alternative to hairy hands and feet is to use stickers that were developed by DARPA, an American defense agency, based on geckos. They give grip and allow people to climb vertical surfaces. But these "paddles" are terribly large, due to the weight of humans, and are still in testing.
Another aspect that makes Spider-Man unique is its ability to shoot webs. Spider silk is extremely complex and has evolved over millions of years. The human body simply does not have the proteins needed to recreate it, so a major biological change would be needed beyond what a retrovirus could do.
However, if it were possible to throw cobwebs from a human's wrists, it would indeed be strong enough to support us - spider silk is five times stronger than steel of the same diameter.
In the comics, Peter Parker creates a sniper that is attached to his wrist, which can also be done. German inventor Patrick Priebe created a web shooter using an electromagnet. In addition, a team led by Uri Gat of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem developed a genetically modified spiderweb fiber. Maybe it's just a matter of time before these two inventions come together.
Groot is a great tree-like being who can feel, walk, hear and speak (although his vocabulary is somewhat limited). This is not total fiction. Plants have senses, for example, know when they are being touched. They also have a sense of space, which prevents most of them from sprouting if planted upside down.
Plants still feel vibrations, allowing them to enter a defensive mode. Experts even believe that animals and plants are very similar when it comes to sensation, because both go through chemical processes when they react.
On Earth there could not be a Groot - a true plant-animal hybrid that can walk or move quickly. Plants move as they grow toward sunlight, but because of the way their cells are structured, they simply cannot form muscles. But Groot is an alien, and these restrictions only apply to terrestrial plants.
On alien planets, plants can think for themselves. These plants do not need to be rooted in the soil. Animals developed the ability to think so that they could find food, so if plants developed the ability to think, they could become beings just like Groot. Who knows if the first extraterrestrial we meet isn't a Groot?Continues after advertising
Growing up on land, Arthur Curry thought he was just another normal human being until he discovered he was the true king of Atlantis. He had two remarkable powers: the ability to breathe underwater and to communicate with all life at sea.
It is difficult to communicate with all marine life, but in fact we may be able to talk to some animals. For example, researchers have been trying to communicate with dolphins for years - and they are getting close. These smart, social animals use “whistles” to talk to each other, and we can create artificial whistles to talk to them as well.
Surprisingly, even breathing underwater can be possible without the aid of paraphernalia. In 2014, scientists developed a substance that could one day allow humans to do just that. At the University of Southern Denmark, scientists created a crystalline cobalt substance that absorbs oxygen and releases a small amount of it when heated.
The crystal, called "Aquaman", is quite powerful. For example, a bucket would absorb all the oxygen in a room. Therefore, if a diver wanted to give up his diving equipment and use the crystals, he would only need a pair of grains.
Vic Stone was a star athlete until he had a horrible accident. His scientist father replaced more than half of his body with cyber parts. Using these pieces, he gained superhuman strength and could even fiddle with computers using his mind. Although it was invented 30 years ago, Cyborg is one of the most realistic superheroes.
For example, today cyber limbs already fuse with nerves in the human brain, allowing the user to move naturally. Muscle reinnervation surgery uses muscles that send messages between the brain and the artificial limb. It is estimated that 50% of the human body may, or will, be available for "cyber improvement" in the near future.
The other feature that sets Cyborg apart from other mere mortals is its ability to use its mind to control computers. This ability is also starting to become a reality. Researchers at the University of Washington (USA) were able to transfer thoughts electronically, allowing a person to activate a keyboard on a computer in front of someone else.
2. Iron Man
Parts of Iron Man's armor are complete fiction. A suit would not be able to fly vertically, would not have a reactor etc. However, consider some exoskeletons that are already being made, such as the Raytheon XOS 2. So far, it allows you to carry 90 kg without fatigue.
Other developing exoskeletons allow humans to run faster, jump higher, climb better, and so on. In addition, costumes such as the TALOS, which is being developed by the US military, are super sturdy and come equipped with a computer that gives battlefield information, monitors vital signs and is even able to stop serious bleeding - that is. if any bullet can penetrate it.
Batman is the most likely superhero to exist because he doesn't have any fanciful superpowers. That doesn't mean it's easy to be Batman.
First of all, Batman and Bruce Wayne would have trouble coexisting. If Batman gets into physical fights every night, it's exhausting; He needs to sleep all day and could not run Wayne Enterprises.
As for the character's lifestyle, one site estimates that Batman would have spent $ 648 million plus annual maintenance costs to be who he is and to do everything he did in the movies.
In addition to being super rich, Batman needs to be incredibly smart. He has excellent knowledge in chemistry, criminology, engineering and computer programming. Even if I had studied each of these fields in just two years, it still represents at least eight years of college. He would then have to stay current in each field and be innovative at the same time.
Still, if any well-educated billionaire decides to become Batman, he must improve his physical strength, train speed and martial arts and be one of the best fighters in the world. Besides, Batman doesn't kill anyone, so he would need to have a tremendous amount of control. After becoming great at everything, he would still need to adapt his quick movements to his suit - at least 20 total years of physical and emotional training.
After all this, Batman's career would last only a few years, if you take into account all the injuries he is sure to sustain while fighting crime. By some estimates, this career would be only two or three years.
So while Batman has no superpowers, for him to exist in real life, he would need to excel in different disciplines, have hundreds of millions of dollars, and be as physically fit or more than any professional athlete. Even so, his crime-fighting career would end almost immediately.