Real Life Daredevil Sees Using Only SoundTHE SUPERHERO: Daredevil
THE SUPERPOWER: Sees using only sound, and can therefore "see" better than anyone. Peak physical strength and enhanced hearing, and an insane ability in acrobatics.
THE REAL-LIFE SUPERPOWER:
Ben Underwood is a blind boy whose eyes were removed (he lost them to cancer) when he was three, leaving him with absolutely no vision at all.
He can play video games, he can shoot a great game of basketball, he rides his bike around town (Sacramento, California) and even rollerblades every now and then. He can also find objects around the house for his mom.
Ben uses many aides for the blind, such as a braille keyboard and sound software to use computers. But according to this report, it's what he doesn't use that makes him remarkable. He doesn't use a seeing eye dog, or even a cane. He emits a moderately loud click with his mouth wherever he goes, which allows him to use the bouncing off of the sound to "hear" his surroundings. He can "see" walls, couches, desks, stairs, and anything else around him. This allows him to move around like someone who could see. This isn't "easy," or even possible for normal people.
He is the only person in the world who "sees" using only echo-location, kind of like a bat.
Check out the video for a 10-minute feature on Ben, and his incredible abilities. Now all he needs to do is become a lawyer (like the Daredevil in the comics), and make sure the Ben Affleck doesn't get the rights to his life story.
Skin Can Conduct Electricity Like ElectroSUPERHERO: Electro (alright, so he's a supervillain, but he's a little more recognizable than Black Lightning and Static Shock).
THE POWER: His skin/body can not only absorb electricity, but can conduct it as well.
THE REAL-LIFE POWER:
According to the Beijing Sci-Tech Report, a man named Ma Xiangang can fix electrical circuits by using his bare hands. He doesn't wear any safeguards, gloves, or coat his hands in anything. They say, "he can hold a positive wire in one hand and a negative wire in the other and a bulb will light up."
Of course, anybody could do this with enough electricity, but they would most likely die, or at least convulse.
Like most superheroes, he discovered his power due to an accident, when he saw that the television he was watching with his wife broke. He went outside to check on the wiring and found a broken wire that he started picking at, touching and twisting it. After he pulled on the wire for a while, he realized that the line was actually live and could have shocked him severely. Knowing this wasn't normal, he boldly touched the power line harder...and he was still not affected.
Apparently, he can bear 220volts without any damage to his body, which is incredible.
His powers stem from his horribly, horribly dry skin. Apparently, his hands are much rougher and drier than a normal person's, which allows his skin to act like a pair of insulated gloves. His rough, thick skin prevents most of the electricity from entering his body, which means that what does get through, he absorbs and passes it through a part of his body.
After learning of his power, he became addicted to touching electricity and learning how to control the voltage passing through his body.
He now uses his "super power" to conduct electrotherapy and massages.
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Can Attract Metal, Like a MagnetTHE SUPERHERO: Magneto (who is more of a villain most of the time.)
THE SUPERPOWER: To attract, control, and stick to metal. Magneto is the master of magnetism and can manipulate metal at will.
THE REAL LIFE SUPERPOWER:
73-year-old Liew Tho Lin of Malaysia has been able to magnetize his skin for the past 10 years. He noticed his ability while working in construction, and his tools started sticking to him while he was shirtless.
Sort of like the moisture-induced suction of the Spider-Man contraption, Liew Tho's skin has an extra suction property to it that helps metal and other objects stick to his skin.
He can also pull a one-ton car using an iron suctioned to his stomach, which adds extra coolness to his ability.
His powers are "not an illusion," scientists said when trying to investigate into Liew Thow's body ability, and while his abilities definitely seem magnetic, they're actually a suction-based nature.
Click here for the full story and additional pictures of Liew Thow Lin showing off his powers.
Invisibility CloaksTHE SUPERHERO: The Invisible Woman (or the Predator, from the movies or hey, even Harry Potter)
THE SUPERPOWER: Invisibility
THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
Scientists in Tokyo University, Japan, have invented a coat which makes those wearing it appear "invisible." The coat is made with a special type of "retro-reflective material" that acts as a photographic screen. A camera exists behind the person who is wearing the coat, and that camera reflects onto the coat so that the wearer appears transparent.
Check out the video to see it in action.
Before it's "turned on," it looks like a normal grey windbreaker. The practical application of this? Well, other than being mindblowingly, face-meltingly awesome, it is actually to help surgeons see patient's bodies all the way through, so that they can analyze every single part, never missing a tumor, or what they can't see behind organs normally.
This can also be used by pilots to make the floors of their planes appear transparent to help them land...which if they did that to the entire plane, it would be Wonder Woman technology.
More recently, US and UK scientists have developed a technology that bring us one step closer to something that is less like the moderate invisibility invented by the Japanese and more like TRUE invisibility, but don't get your Hollow-Manesque fantasies rockin' just yet, this wouldn't hit the market for YEARS.
Here's the report:
"Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Imperial College London used their cloak, made using photonic crystals with a structure resembling piles of wood, to conceal a small bump on a gold surface, they wrote in Science.
"'It's kind of like hiding a small object underneath a carpet--except this time the carpet also disappears,' they said.
"'We put an object under a microscopic structure, a little like a reflective carpet,' said Nicholas Stenger, one of the researchers who worked on the project.
"'When we looked at it through a lens and did spectroscopy, no matter what angle we looked at the object from, we saw nothing. The bump became invisible,' said Stenger.
"The 'cloak' they used to make the microscopic bump disappear was composed of special lenses that work by bending light waves to suppress light as it scattered from the bump, the study says.
"The invisibility cloak was minute, measuring 100 microns by 30 microns -- one micron being one-thousandth of a millimeter -- and the bump it hid was 10 times smaller, said Stenger.
"The researchers are working now to recreate the disappearing bump but on a larger scale, but Stenger said Harry Potter's invisibility cloak would not be hanging in would-be wizards' wardrobes in the near future.
"'Theoretically, it would be possible to do this on a large scale but technically, it's totally impossible with the knowledge we have now,' he said."
(via Discovery News)
Jet-Man Invents a Working JetpackTHE SUPERHERO: The Rocketeer, or the main character in the popular indie comic Ex Machina.
THE SUPERPOWER: Flight via Jetpack
THE REAL-LIFE TECHNOLOGY:
A man named Yves Rossi claims to be a huge Batman fan, and was actually inspired by Batman (because if there's something everyone attributes to Batman, it's flying around in a jetpack). He uses his invention to fly relatively long distances for up to six minutes, and can hit speeds of up to 160 mph.
According to this article on MSNBC, the only problem/stagnation in the development of true Jet-Pack technology is the insane amount of fuel that it would need. In order to truly lift up a human from the ground, you would need so much power that in order to make a long trip that would be worth it, you would need hundreds of gallons of gasoline–which kind of defeats the purpose since you'd need to carry something that carries those...which would be enormous or, let's say, the size of an, I don't know...PLANE.
Why Jetpacks don't work yet.
Here's an example of another Jetpack that isn't as cool, but can take off from the ground, and can take an average-sized person 30 miles in 30 minutes on only five gallons of gasoline: Ground Take-Off Jet-Pack
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