Nobody ever sees Superman stop for a burger, spots Catwoman lurking around the back of a fish and chip shop or catches Mr Fantastic using his elastic arms to foil the nefarious schemes of a broken vending machine.
That’s because, as years of films, TV shows and comics have taught us, the most fundamental superpower of all is not having to eat, drink or sleep. Instead, superheroes get their energy from other sources, like the sun’s magnetic rays, magic amazon rituals or Batman’s massive bank account.
But PhD students don’t need any of these things, which is probably just as well, come to think of it: postgraduate researchers aren’t renowned for their association with pseudo-science, supernatural hokum or corporate empires.
Instead, PhD students possess the power to convert far more mundane materials into a near infinite source of research power. Who needs gamma radiation, ancient magic or a trust fund when you’ve got a pot noodle, half a bag of crisps and a lot of coffee?