If you've always been upset that puberty came and went (helloooo bacne!) and you didn't get those mutant abilities you were promised, put down that radioactive spider and listen. Science is moving us ever closer to real life super powers, some of which wont even be used for evil! Here are 6 super powers that are happening in our lifetime. Try not to SNIKT your pants.
There are already amazing advancements in implants that can allow control over robotic limbs and software that can use eye movement to communicate written language, but new advancements would prove to be far less invasive and more readily available.
The size and weight of a temporary tattoo, scientists are developing a device that when placed directly on the skin can use brain waves in conjunction with electric signals and tiny solar panels to allow the user to move linked objects with their mind. When placed on the throat it can also allow for wireless, silent communication through monitoring the throats muscle movement.
Cheating on tests just got even easier!
Although there are imperfect cloaking devices out there already there has yet to be a functional prototype that can fully work with movement and complex dimensional objects to be entirely convincing. But we're not too far off from taking the invisibility cloak down to the shrieking shack (IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN). It's pretty complex stuff but it's just on the horizonÉI think.
If you think there are doping controversies in sports now, wait til you get a load of the new super soldier serums coming to a ballpark near you. Muscle disease specialists at Ohio State University have been studying myostatin, the protein that regulates and curbs muscle growth. Another protein, follistatin was shown to be a subatomic c#$^ blocker of myostatin, stopping key development in the muscle. Researchers artificially injected the follistatin gene into the thigh muscles of six macaque monkeys which lead to15 percent muscle growth in the area as a result and one monkey experienced an incredible 78 percent increase in strength.
I'm positive that nothing can go wrong with creating super strong monkeys in a lab. Definitely not a problem.
While Spider Man and his arachnid ilk take all the credit, science has looked to the gecko for not only their car insurance premiums but their wall crawling attributes as well. The military are refining a suit known as a Z man suit that can see its wearer scale sheer surfaces with a load up to 660 pounds. Other private sectors have matched these results using vacuum like systems, but with far less cool costume possibilities.
No word yet on adamantium claws, but Wolverine's actual mutant power is getting the real life application treatment. Using the part of old living tissues called the extracellular matrix tissue has been shown to re-grow giving people with severe muscle injuries new hope for a more complete recovery. Now if only they can re-grow the human/mutant heart, ÒJEEeeAAN!Ó.
Iron Man's Suit
The problem with Iron Man's suit for realistic interpretations is that unlike Tony Stark we've yet to come up with a powerful yet portable enough power source. But recent exoskeleton innovation has made huge strides in allowing those who could not walk before to use their minds literally over the matter.
But it's all fun and games until you realize the company that created these marvels is called CYBERDYNE. That's the future folks, it's apes v robots and I for one welcome them both.
Which super power listed would you most want? Let me know in the comments!
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