First a grad student builds a suit that gives its wearer Spidey sense. And now a trio of physics students have used SCIENCE to confirm that the scene in Spider-Man 2 where Spidey uses webbing to stop a subway could actually happen. If someone chances across sentient black goo next, I'm out.
Geeks like to argue about things. After seeing Spider-Man 2 back in 2004, my friend and I got into a heated argument over whether or not the big train-stopping scene was possible. Would the webs hold up? Is Spidey's grip strong enough to hold the webs? Would his arms get ripped off? What about all the things he's shooting webs onto, would they hold up? Rather than argue over Chinese food like we did, some students at the University of Leicester actually used physics to settle the debate once and for all, and they published their results.