Superhero Science: The Hulk

Superhero Science: The Hulk

Hulk smash!

We've all felt as angry as The Hulk, but has anyone managed to transform into a big green monster?

How does The Hulk transform?

Different versions of The Hulk give us different reasons for his transformation.

In all of them, a high dose of gamma rays are involved. The gamma rays mutate Bruce Banner's DNA and cause him to transform into The Hulk whenever he's angry.

Gamma rays good?

Not in the real world! Gamma rays are a type of high-energy radiation. If we were exposed to high doses of gamma rays, our cell DNA would be mutated or even destroyed. This is fatal. Marie Curie died from illnesses caused by gamma radiation poisoning.

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Gamma radiation is usually fatal for humans

What about The Hulk's powers?

The Hulk is a big green strength machine! Lots of animals are very strong, but can they transform from a weak animal to a strong animal very quickly?

Scientists haven't found an animal that can do this yet. Some animals, like butterflies and beetles, transform from a juvenile form to an adult form. The two forms look very different, like caterpillars and butterflies. This transformation takes weeks or even months.

Bruce Banner's weight increases by eight times when he turns into The Hulk. To increase your weight and volume like this would be incredibly difficult. Where would you get the energy from? Where does all The Hulk's mass come from?

Maybe you can be the scientist who works out the science behind The Hulk!

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