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New video series explores the science behind superheroes


TED-Ed—the education arm of TED, whose mission is to amplify the voice of great teachers—has added a new six-video educational series called “Superhero Science,” which poses the question: “If superpowers were real…”

Each of the six free animated videos explores the scientific fallacies of a different superpower—speed, strength, invisibility, body mass, immortality, and flight—with voice-over work done by James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Fred Flintstone and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo, among other roles. Each lesson was written by Joy Lin, a high school science teacher from Austin, Texas.

For instance, did you know that if you were invisible, then you wouldn’t be able to see—because no light would reflect off your retina? Or that, if you had super strength and actually caught a falling damsel in distress, you’d do more damage to her body than the ground would?

The six “Superhero Science” videos join TED-Ed’s dozens of other educational videos, organized into series such as Inventions that Shape History, Math in Real Life, How Things Work, and Awesome Nature. Each video also includes a “flip this video” button that lets you turn the video into a customized lesson that can be assigned to students or shared more widely. You can add further context, questions, or follow-up suggestions.

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