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Rachel and Rick Deckard in Blade Runner



Rachel [left] is a replicant who thinks she is human. Rick, is a replicant hunter, who falls in love with the confused synthetic.


The chimp muscle itself is about 1.5 to 2 times stronger than human muscle. Added to that is the increase in muscle mass. Chimp biceps are about twice the weight of humans of the same size, and the biceps are also about twice as thick. Meaning they are roughly 4 times stronger than you'd expect.

Just imagine how strong you'd have to be to support your own body weight while hanging from a branch, or to swing yourself from tree limbs, as chimps and orangutans can. The very best Olympic athletes cannot do that.

Chimps are adapted to forest life, climbing trees and living among the branches. Humans, on the other hand, abandoned the forest a long time ago - a change of setting that required a different set of physical and cognitive adaptations. Over time, weíve become less reliant on muscular strength for our survival, while chimps have retained their tree-climbing, branch-swinging strength, naturally.

This is primarily due to the chimpís higher fast-twitch fiber content, which enables high force and power, but lower endurance. Chimpanzee muscle is composed of approximately 67 percent fast-twitch fibers, compared to about 40 percent in humans.

A 2006 study found that bonobos can jump one-third higher than top-level human athletes, and bonobo legs generate as much force as humans nearly two times heavier.

They say that a big reason chimps can lift heavier things than we can, is that they have less control over how much muscle they use each time they lift. Humans have a lot more fine motor control than chimps: we can do things like play a guitar, paint teeny tiny lines or thread a needle.

Chimps canít, because of the way their neurons activate their muscles - they canít pick and choose just a few muscle fibers at a time.

Ants have been known to carry objects 50 times larger than themselves over long distances. For example, one species of ant can lift an object that is 100 times its weight! This means that if a human were the same size as the ants we would easily be able to lift several cars at once or even a small elephant with ease.

The average ant can carry between 10 and 50 times its own body weight, and run at approximately 300 meters an hour, a rate of nearly 800 times its body length a minute. This is equivalent to the average western man carrying between 850 and 4500kg (4.5 tonnes) over his head, and running at a speed of 83km or 52 miles per hour. The neck joint of an ant can support 5,000 times its body mass, before giving way. Thankfully, they are very small and don't invade other countries. Though, they do raid rival nests and take prisoners.


As with mechanical and electrical engineering, it is all about design. A human with lighter and stronger bones, and more muscle mass, with stronger contraction force - and of course the best geometry - can be many times the strength and speed of another fit human.













Not quite replicants, but cloning of a pre-existing human - The Boys From Brazil is a film about Neo-Nazis trying to bring Adolf Hitler back to life.






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