Supergirl, the Flash, and What If Physics (with Maia Rigot)

Supergirl, the Flash, and What If Physics (with Maia Rigot)
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On April 25th 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode III took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on super-speed, Supergirl, and the Flash

In this final post-podcast for Episode III, you’ll hear from Maia Rigot, a physics student at TU Delft.  In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Maia discusses the physics behind some”What if” questions about Supergirl and the Flash, what inspired her to study physics, and the cultural importance of Black Panther.

You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode III from April 25th 2019 online, including Maia’s talk, at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XQ4yXdocxo.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Supergirl, the Flash, and Aerodynamic drag (with Alexander Spoelstra)

Supergirl, the Flash, and Aerodynamic drag (with Alexander Spoelstra)
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On April 25th 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode III took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on super-speed, Supergirl, and the Flash

In this first post-podcast for Episode III, you’ll hear from Alexander Spoelstra, a PhD student in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft.  In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Alexander discusses his study of aerodynamical drag encountered by cyclists, his current work, and how he uses his research when he competes in triathlon events.

You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode III from April 25th 2019 online, including Alexander’s talk, at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XQ4yXdocxo.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Things aren’t the same after Avengers: Endgame

It’s just over two weeks since the release of Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and the impact of the film has been extraordinary. To date I’ve seen the film FIVE (5) times, and I plan to see the film a couple of more times before it leaves cinemas. Four too many times for some, but for someone like me it’s only the beginning.

I’m more than aware that some people have yet to see the film, which is now the 2nd highest grossing film of all time, so there won’t be any spoilers here from me. I just couldn’t ruin the film for anyone who is waiting for the hype to die down and the theatres to be half empty before they decide to go watch the 182 minute superhero extravaganza.

All I’ll say right now is that the film is fun, exciting, emotional, and there are scenes that will leave you speechless. Of course, like most films these days, there are some things that could have been better, but for me they are minor. To others, these issues are major. In one or two weeks I’ll write a more extensive blog on the film.

Avengers: Endgame – Focused on breaking the box office!

In the build-up to the release of the film, my work on superheroes was featured in a number of publications in the Netherlands. First up my work was featured in an article in New Scientist, in part promoting a talk that I gave as part of the Imagine Film Festival on April 14th. Next, my work was featured in an article written by Nick Kivits for Dutch Men’s Health magazine. I’ve got to say that was very very cool! Finally, Coen van Zwol featured my work in an article with the NRC newspaper.

It’s always great to see articles about my work reach the national press. It’s another thing to see my superhero research make an impact. Of course I cannot take credit for all of the work as I’ve had the opportunity to work with some inspiring students and researchers at TU Delft and further afield.

I promise an in-depth blog about Avengers: Endgame in the near future. But unlike other publications online, this article is spoiler free.

Think super!

BWF

Daredevil and Super-Senses: Preview of Next Live Event

Daredevil and Super-Senses: Preview of Next Live Event
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A preview of BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode IV, which takes place at the Aula Auditorium on the TU Delft campus on Monday May 13th 2019 from 19.30 – 21.00.

The focus of Episode IV is on super-senses and Daredevil.

The podcast includes details of the speakers, Daredevil, and what to expect at Episode IV.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft and BW Science, and is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Preview of Next Live Event: Episode III – Super-speed

Preview of Next Live Event: Episode III – Super-speed
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A preview of BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II, which takes place at the Aula Auditorium on the TU Delft campus on Thursday April 25th 2019 from 19.30 – 21.00.

The focus of Episode III is super-speed and the main characters to be discussed during the event are Supergirl and The Flash.

The podcast includes details of the speakers, the superheroes and superpower of interest, and some study suggestions in terms of Netflix superhero series.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft and BW Science, and is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Post Podcast – Episode II – Jessica Jones, Human Rights, and Ethics

Post Podcast – Episode II – Jessica Jones, Human Rights, and Ethics
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On April 2nd 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on genetic engineering, CRISPR/Cas9, and Jessica Jones.

In this third post-podcast for Episode II, you’ll hear from two more speakers from the live event. Florence Warren and Lara van Meurs are students based at Leiden University. Between October 2018 and January 2019, they worked on a project based on CRISPR/Cas as part of a minor in Responsible Innovation. In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Florence and Lara discuss their project, human rights, ethics, and superheroes.

You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II from April 2nd 2019 online, including Charlotte’s talk, at the link: https://youtu.be/D5yCGhVgV9Q.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Post Podcast – Episode II – Jessica Jones, Bioethics, and Bio-art

Post Podcast – Episode II – Jessica Jones, Bioethics, and Bio-art
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On April 2nd 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on genetic engineering, CRISPR/Cas9, and Jessica Jones.

In this second post-podcast for the event, you’ll hear from two more speakers from the live event. Britte Bouchaut is a PhD student in Biotechnology and Society at TU Delft, and Lucas Evers is based at Waag Amsterdam where he runs the Open WetLab. In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Britte and Lucas discuss bioethics, bioart, genetic engineering, their own work, and of course superheroes.

You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II from April 2nd 2019 online, including Charlotte’s talk, at the link: https://youtu.be/D5yCGhVgV9Q.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Post Podcast Episode I – Bulletproof Materials

Post Podcast Episode I – Bulletproof Materials
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On March 14th 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science kicked off at TU Delft with Episode I where the focus was on impenetrable or bulletproof materials. Superheroes such as Luke Cage, Colossus, Superman, and Wonder Woman all have access to impenetrable materials but could we make such materials in the real world?

In this podcast, you’ll hear more from those who spoke on this topic in Episode I. You’ll hear from Jalila Essaïdi of BioArt Laboratories Eindhoven and her incredible work with spider silk and bulletproof skin. You’ll also hear about the work of three TU Delft students – Leyi Hsu, Jeannet Liang, and Max Wouters – who worked on a responsible innovation project with regards to the use of spider-silk inspired materials in future healthcare.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgdelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).

Get Ready for BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science

Superheroes BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science (Studium Generale, TU Delft, BW Science)

Superheroes BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science (Studium Generale, TU Delft, BW Science)

Exciting superhero-themed news!

I’m delighted to announce that in collaboration with Studium Generale (SG) Delft, I am arranging a brand new series of talks at TU Delft entitled BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science.

BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science consists of four events that will take place at the Aula Auditorium on the TU Delft campus. The talk series combines binge-watch culture, the superhero genre, and current scientific research that is taking place at TU Delft and other research institutes around the Netherlands. Each talk series will focus on a particular superhero or superheroes that have appeared in Netflix series and consider how their powers might come to be and how these powers could benefit society.

For these talks, I’m going to be the MC and can’t wait for you see our exciting program! And for the first event in the series I’ll get a chance to talk a little bit more about my work on impenetrable materials.

Further details on BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science are available at the SG Delft website.

And stay tuned for further announcements on the podcast series that will accompany BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science!

Think super!

BWF

Summer is over but Autumn will be Super

After a heatwave that never seemed like it would or want to end, autumn is on the way with falling leaves and torrential showers forecast. Well that’s what I’m expecting in the Netherlands in any case. The impending arrival of autumn also signals a busy few months ahead with events in the Netherlands, China, the UK, and Ireland on the horizon. Travelling the world with my superhero message.

First up is the Opening of the Academic Year (OAY) at TU Delft on Monday September 3rd. Each year, the OAY is a significant event in TU Delft’s calendar as the latest batch of undergraduate students are saluted as they set forth on the next stage of their education adventure. The theme for this year’s OAY is superheroes with the event entitled “Unchain Your Inner Superhero“. For the event I’ll be the keynote speaker during which I’ll talk about the Secrets of Superhero Science and the lessons that the new students can learn from superheroes. Thereafter, two TU Delft researchers will speak about their research and why it is so important for the superheroes and a possible superpower future. At the end of the event there’ll be a superhero-themed quiz with the audience answering the questions. Stay tuned for a blog on the event next week.

I’ve also got some very exciting news in relation to another scientific publication on superheroes. Stay tuned for the announcement over the coming weeks. And of course my open access journal “Superhero Science and Technology” will be publishing some more exciting superhero-themed papers in the autumn.

Lots of super-events and super-output ahead.

BWF