Ask an academic

Writer: Jeremy Swan

This month we’re launching a new feature in Aloud where you get to quiz our experts.

Have you ever wanted to know what the oldest living creature is? How long it would take astronauts to fly to Mars? Or whether it’s possible to resurrect dinosaurs using modern technology?

Now is your chance.

Send in your questions to or tweet @DerbyUniAlumni using the hashtag #AskAnAcademic.

We’ll publish the best questions in next month’s issue of Aloud along with the answers from our experts.

To get things started, Dr Ian Turner explores how close we are to having real superhero powers.