I don’t know what’s more impressive: the fact that Meowstic can emit enough energy to disintegrate a truck or that it is able to block this power with just its ears. Meowstic is the Constraint Pokémon, but there may be more here than what meets the eyes. Er, ears.
Let’s start with the adorable anatomy behind floppy ears. While any ear is filled with bones, ears don’t typically have joints in the way the Meowstic hinges its ears. Instead, animals like the Scottish Fold Cat or the Lop Eared Rabbit have gene mutations that effect the cartilage in their bodies, causing the ears to fold over. However, given the amount of control Meowstic has over its ears, I think it’s likely he has a joint in there rather than just cartilage and muscle.
Now that we’ve established that, we can get to the physics (or, the psychics?): how can Meowstic disintegrate a truck, and how can its ears keep that all in?
It all comes down to energy. To grind a truck into dust, Meowstic has to break the bonds between most of the molecules in the truck. Like tearing a piece of paper into smaller and smaller pieces, Meowstic breaks apart the crystalline structure of the metal until its a pile of tiny metal filings. It doesn’t have to be said that this is a huge amount of energy, but we’re going with it.
Energy can be carried by lots of different things. Electric current is carried by moving electrons, light is carried by photons, sound is carried by the air molecules that your voice vibrates, and so on. We’ll never know the exact nature of the pokémon world’s “Psychic Energy”, but whatever it is, for now let’s call them psychons. They could very well be photons or electrons or muons, but to avoid any un-confirmable speculations, we will call them psychons. To speak about them very generally.
So, Meowstic’s ears emits these psychons, which carry enough energy that when they collide with a truck they break a large amount of the metallic bonds. These psychons are particles, which means they have a number of properties which we can describe them.
- Mass. I’m sure you are all familiar with mass. Mass is a measure of how a particle interacts with gravity. Photons do not have mass. I know I said I’d avoid speculations, but I’m going to go ahead and say psychons do not have mass. If they did, the force from the collisions would be way too huge and there would be no way for Meowstic to keep its folded ears attached to its head.
- Electric Charge. Again, fairly straightforward. Electrons have negative charge, protons have positive charge, photons and neutrons are netural.
- Color Charge. This property is really only relevant in quarks. It’s not really a color, it’s just another type of “charge”. Color charge has three options. Electric charge only as two: positive or negative. Color charge has three: red, green, and blue.
- Spin. A lot of particles have intrinsic angular momentum we call spin. Think of it like the Earth rotating on its axis, electrons and photons can do the same. Whether they rotate clockwise or counterclockwise is called “up” or “down” spin.
- Wavelength. Wavelength isn’t really a property of a particle, but rather a measurement of the amount of energy it is carrying. All particles can be treated as if they have wavelengths, not only photons. In any case, this will be important to help us answer the next question.
How does Meowstic folding its ears prevent the psychons from escaping? It really comes down to the properties above, and what Meostic’s ears are made of. For example:
- Electric and Color Charge: If you’ve ever played with magnets, you know that opposite charges attract, and similar charges repel. So, if psychons were negatively charged, and Meowstic’s ears were much more strongly negatively charged, Meowstic’s ears would repel the psychons and prevent them from escaping. Of course, with equal and opposite forces, the ears would also be repelled from the psychons, making it difficult to keep closed.
- Spin: Spin can be filtered like polarizing light. The details are complicated, but there are materials which will only let “up” spin electrons pass through, and all down spins are blocked. So, if all psychons had down-spins and Meowstic’s ears had the appropriate filter, no psychons would get through.
- Wavelength: This is the same idea behind wearing a lead vest while you get an x-ray, or getting wi-fi everywhere in your house. Certain wavelengths can go through certain things, and other’s can’t. For example: x-rays and visible light cannot go through walls, but radio waves can pass through without problems. It has to do with scaling, the size of the wall’s atoms and the spaces between them. A gamma ray going through a wall is like a mouse entering a football stadium, it has no problem getting through. A radio wave going through a wall is like a dinosaur breaking through a sheet of paper. The wall is so small comparatively it offers no threat. But for x-rays and visible rays, it’s like goldilocks and the three bears. They’re just the right size that the wall is an obstacle. So, with the right material in Meowstic’s ears, and psychons at a particular range of wavelengths, Meowstic would successfully prevent the psychons from ripping apart its ears like it does to the truck.
Meowstic’s ears release insane amounts of energy carried by some mystery particle, “psychons”, which can be stopped by folding the ears due to the properties of the particle.
Meowstic art by AlouNea