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30 August 2019 – Spiderman is a vigilante

A physics project at the 2019 NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair has shown that Spider-Man is a vigilante, killing at least 85% of the people he punches using his most powerful upper cuts.

Student Bianca Santayana analysed punches thrown by the crime-fighting superhero in the game Spider-Man PS4 and found that the amount of force exerted by Spider-Man in order to punch his opponent (or victim) off the ground by up to 3.25 metres was more than enough to cause an internal decapitation. Explaining the consequences of this in her project she says "only 30% of cases do not end in immediate death and an extra 15% of cases where people survive until the emergency room and die in their subsequent hospital stay."

She thinks "the world is better off without him" and finishes "it should now be clear that Spider-Man should be classified more as a vigilante than a hero which was proven through the experiment and calculations."

Visitors to the NIWA Science Fair tended to agree, but one thought that the word vigilante was too euphemistic. "He's basically going about murdering people" said one surprised father after reading the project.

The science fair is open to the public on Saturday 31 August 2019 from 10am to 5pm.

29 August 2019 – Science Fair

It's that time of year again. The NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair is on tomorrow, Friday 30 August, in the Mt Roskill Grammar School hall. Open to the public from around 6pm, and on Saturday. More info at www.scifair.org.nz.

29 August 2019 – Maths Grid new record time

On 15 August one of my year 8 students broke an almost seven year record for the standard maths grid (which features the 2x to 12x tables, skipping the 10x table, in a 10x10 grid). Her time beat the old record by two seconds. Two other year 8 students have also recently demonstrated they are capable of the same speed or even faster, but have not yet achieved perfect accuracy (or legibility). A fourth year 8 student is less than 20 seconds behind. I expect more records to be set in the coming weeks.

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There are three stages of scientific discovery: first people deny it is true; then they deny it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)