[extropy-chat] Looking for examples of naturally evolved X-ray vision?
thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Jan 17 23:06:33 UTC 2006
At 04:35 PM 1/17/2006 -0500, Robert Bradbury wrote:
>You can sense IR photons (as heat) if there are sufficient numbers of
>them.... X-rays in fact are so energetic that they break the bonds in the
>water molecules and produce multiple free radicals which cause extensive
>DNA damage. This is why X-ray exposure must be limited.
Superman's eyes, as everyone knows, emitted copious quantities of infrared
photons, as well as streams of X-rays (although how he used the latter to
see with has never been clear to me, since the whole point is that they
mostly pass through objects rather than bouncing off them). But it's
noticeable that he hasn't been in the news lately; I happen to know that
he's lying very low, trying to evade the tremendously expensive class
actions from families of all the people he killed with his X-rays, most
heartbreakingly his radiation poisoned foster parents and the
cancer-riddled Lana Lang and Lois Lane.
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