If you ever thought crime-fighting comic book superheroes were just fantasy, think again. And not just Batman's fancy car and Iron Man's high-tech suit - we're talking real super powers.

Engineers have now produced two devices that will bring to life Superman's x-ray vision and Spider-Man's ability to crawl up walls.

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In a recent post on her engineering education blog, Celeste Baine estimates that there were about 4,000 engineers involved in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, doing things like planning the pyrotechnics of the torch lighting and creating the fastest and most efficient running shoe.

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