Thor’s Hammer: The Science

Thor’s hammer isn’t real, unless you believe recent Swedish news that Thor’s hammer has been found in Stockholm. No, only in the hearts and minds of comic book and movie fans does it exist. But, assuming it did, would anyone be able to lift it?

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Legend says only the worthy can lift it, and depending on which source you read, it’s made from a dying star. If that is the case, then it would have to weigh as much as a herd of 300-billion elephants according to Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you’re wondering, the average weight of a male African bush elephant is a bit more than 12,000 pounds, so about 4.6 trillion metric tons. Watch a video by Vsauce3 which nicely explains the concept:

If we were to follow the legend that Thor’s hammer was made from metal from Asgard, it would only weighed 42.3 pounds. That is far less than 4.6 trillion metric tons.

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Most likely if it was made from existing metals it would be made of carbon steel.  Die steel refers to a variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well-suited to be made into tools. Their suitability comes from their distinctive hardness, resistance to abrasion, their ability to hold a cutting edge, and/or their resistance to deformation at elevated temperatures (red-hardness).

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Shanghai Metal manufactures the carbon steel in hammers. Die Steel is mainly used for manufacture of cold-work dies with high abrasive resistance and small shock load. SMC is delighted to provide wide range of alloy steel to the customers; we also accept customizations according to your requirements. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Sources: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Swedish news, Vsauce3

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Become Bullet Proof …Using Water

In most movies, the superhero escapes certain death by simply jumping into water. Or if he’s Aqua Man: go back home. But would that actually save him from someone shooting at him? The answer is yes and no. Myth Busters found the answers.

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It depends on the bullet, and how fast it goes. Paradoxically, the slower the bullet, the deeper it can go. The reason for this is because of the force at which it hits the water. If it hits hard enough, the bullet will shatter and become harmless. But if it is going slow enough, it will continue through the water at speeds fast enough to penetrate human flesh. 

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Supersonic bullets, up to .50-caliber, disintegrate in less than three feet of water, while pistol rounds need up to eight feet to become non lethal. Shotguns slugs require even deeper water. While these are the technical measurements, in most actual situations the bullet would enter the water at an angle, reducing the amount of water necessary to make it non-lethal. This is shown in the refraction picture here.

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Shanghai Metal manufactures the Copper Clad Steel used to make bullets. Copper clad means both side of carbon steel is covered with T2 copper. This is a novel alloy material which can be used in a variety of applications.  To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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What Hollywood finally got right about science

 

Hollywood has continually been cited for incorrectly depicting science in their movies; for example X-men’s fast speed genetic mutation that scientists pose would likely take millions of years of subtle changes, The Avengers franchise’s attempt to convince us of how nuclear radiation causes superpowers, and the infamous ‘light-speed’ concept from the Star Wars franchise.

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However, one unlikely movie stands alone in presenting factual science – Angels and Demons. One character, whilst trying to explain why she withheld the albeit non-factual dangerous technology, described the failings of the sustainable energy market.

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“Commercialism was critical for the success of any new energy resource…or be vilified by politics and PR fiascoes that had killed nuclear and solar power. Nuclear had proliferated before it was safe….solar had proliferated before it was efficient”.

 

Despite the endless benefits of renewable energy, it has yet to gain any reputable market share in the energy sector. So what is even more unlikely solution? Stainless steel.

According to World-Stainless, stainless steel would take, biofuel, nuclear and solar power to more sustainable and efficient heights.The production of biofuel involves corrosive processes, which require most of the tanks and pipes to be made from stainless steel.

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Stainless steel components is used in all stages of the nuclear cycle, contributing to the safe and reliable production of nuclear energy.

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With solar power, stainless steel tanks for molten salt offer a heat storage system for solar farms that allows solar heat to be kept for 10—15 hours.

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Subsequently, stainless steel is instrumental in solving today’s biggest challenge: emission-free production of electrical energy.

Shanghai Metal Corporation (SMC) is committed to the sustainable production of value added stainless steel products used in these processes.

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Sources: WorldStainlessPlanet Ivy

 

Siobhan R.//SMC Editor