SPIDERMAN: All consumer products have embedded carbon. So let’s chat about Spiderman’s fancy spandex suit. Which weighs more: the suit itself, or the pounds of carbon released (energy equivalent) in the making of the suit?


 
CORRECT: The pounds of carbon dioxide released in making the suit

Using something called Life Cycle Assessment, we can calculate the carbon footprint of our materials – like spandex – by looking at how much energy it takes to dig up the raw materials, transport them to a production facility, refine and actually make the materials, and then ship those materials to our stores.


 
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THE ANSWER IS: The pounds of carbon dioxide released in making the suit     

Using something called Life Cycle Assessment, we can calculate the carbon footprint of our materials – like spandex – by looking at how much energy it takes to dig up the raw materials, transport them to a production facility, refine and actually make the materials, and then ship those materials to our stores.

 
SUPERMAN: Which of Superman’s abilities would require the most energy use?


 
CORRECT: Flight

All of Superman's superpowers have real world analogies, and flight is by far the most carbon intensive activity (especially when each "flight" carries just one red & blue clad passenger).

 
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THE ANSWER IS: Flight

All of Superman's superpowers have real world analogies, and flight is by far the most carbon intensive activity (especially when each "flight" carries just one red & blue clad passenger).

 
BATMAN: A Toyota Prius gets somewhere around 55 miles to the gallon in fuel efficiency. What is the estimated fuel efficiency for the Batmobile (closest to without going over)?


 
CORRECT:
8 miles / gallon

The Batmobile has no real-world prototype, but it's safe to assume it's somewhere between a high-end sportscar and an armored military vehicle.

 
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THE ANSWER IS: 8 miles / gallon

The Batmobile has no real-world prototype, but it's safe to assume it's somewhere between a high-end sportscar and an armored military vehicle.

 
SWAMP THING: In a way, Swamp Thing is just a human-shaped plant. Ideally, Swamp Thing could remove just over 2 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere each year. To compensate for  the annual carbon emissions of ALL Americans, we would need enough “Swamp Things” to cover what percent of Earth’s land surface?


 
CORRECT: 70% of the Earth's surface

*Note: It's possible that Swamp Thing is sequestering carbon in anoxic instead of oxidized conditions, and the methanogenesis rates may vary. This answer assumes idealized sequestration rates.

 
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THE ANSWER IS: 70% of the Earth's surface

*Note: It's possible that Swamp Thing is sequestering carbon in anoxic instead of oxidized conditions, and the methanogenesis rates may vary. This answer assumes idealized sequestration rates.

 
FLASH: The Flash runs at ridiculous speeds (he can reach the speed of light), so he needs to eat enough food to get the necessary calories. Assuming speed of light velocity, an entire adventure would take less than a hundredth-of-a-second. How big of a hamburger would he need to eat to get those calories for that adventure?


 
CORRECT: The size of a school bus

BONUS FACT - According to the FDA, it would not be possible to safely cook a hamburger with these dimensions.

 
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THE ANSWER IS: The size of a school bus

BONUS FACT - According to the FDA, it would not be possible to safely cook a hamburger with these dimensions.

 
IRONMAN: Tony Stark created the ARC reactor to power his gadgets. It’s basically a miniaturized nuclear fusion reactor. Now, even energy sources like solar still have a carbon footprint because of manufacturing and transportation requirements. Given that, how much cleaner is Ironman’s ARC reactor than today’s real-life solar technology?


 
CORRECT: 2,000 times cleaner

FYI, sustained cold fusion doesn’t exist yet (unless DARPA developed it and they just haven't told us yet – totally possible). So, in the meantime, installing rooftop solar panels is a win-win!

 
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THE ANSWER IS: 2,000 times cleaner

FYI, sustained cold fusion doesn’t exist yet (unless DARPA developed it and they just haven't told us yet – totally possible). So, in the meantime, installing rooftop solar panels is a win-win!

 
*BONUS NERD CREDITS* For this project, Miles Traer calculated the carbon footprints of nine Marvel and DC superheroes. Here is a list of their names. Choose which ones belong to the Marvel universe:


 
CORRECT: The Marvel Superheroes are Ironman, Firebird, Spiderman and Jessica Jones.

 
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The Marvel Superheroes are Ironman, Firebird, Spiderman and Jessica Jones.

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