The Science of Firestorm the Nuclear Men #4

Slim pickings from this issue which has given an otherwise decent amount of science material to sift through in the past.  In fact I could only find two things to mention here.  There was some transmutation, but it goes without saying that it is comic book science.  Still one of these I just had to write about.  (as always there are spoilers here) 

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Electromagnetic Radiation

At first when I looked at this I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, then I realized that it was two holes in a man’s head, then I realized that they got there by him looking through binoculars at some sort of an explosion which results in the Firestorm protocol being unleashed.  Seeing as they are called the Nuclear Men, it is fair to assume that this is nuclear energy which is being released, which is an easy way to say the entire spectrum of electromagnetic energy.  What is not clear is what happened here.  The observers are clearly at what is considered a safe distance from the bombardment of radiation, otherwise they would need more protection than a pair of goggles, except for the guy that wasn’t wearing goggles, it burned a hole through his head.  Binoculars work primarily by magnifying visible light, thus theoretically he might get a little bit more out of this, but not enough to burn through his skull.  Maybe there is some other explanation for this, but even so that would make this more akin to comic book science than bad science.

Verdict: Bad Science 

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Quantum Cryptography and Reverse Engineering

On the flip side of the bad science above this admission intrigued me.  The concept of reverse engineering something is not really one which necessarily leaves a lot of room for error.  So the deliberate introduction of false information seemed a little bit of a stretch.  Except there is a case where this would work.  It is a theoretical field but this is comics so theoretical can mean completely possible.  Using quantum cryptography this might be possible.  Granted this is well beyond my knowledge of physics, but in any atom there are electrons which spin around it.  At each level these electrons spin in a different direction, and if information wanted to be passed, it could base off the spins that it pass one way and not the other.  A pretty complicated procedure and one which is well beyond the capacity of modern computers, but still a potentially interesting application.  Just too bad the writers didn’t know about it. 

Verdict:  Comic Book Science

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