We the Geeks: The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of

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Obama and Spider-Man
President Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office. Nicholas was trick-or-treating with his father, White House aide Nate Tamarin in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Coinciding with Comic-Con International, this week’s We the Geek hangout focuses on real-life superpowers, including invisibility and super strength. Scientists and engineers will discuss some cool developments in materials science; you can watch live on WhiteHouse.gov and on the White House Google+ page on Friday, July 19, at 12:00 pm EDT.

The panelists include James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes; Nathan Landy, who’s working on an invisibility cloak; Zhenan Bao, researching self-healing and touch-sensitive synthetic skin; and Norman Wagner, researching on liquid armor.

For more information, visit WhiteHouse.gov.

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