Scientists are ruining the fun again, as CinemaBlend have tracked down a study that points out the problems with the way The Flash uses his powers, saying that he'd be likely to do more harm than good.
The study comes from a group of physics students from the University of Leicester, who use the famous scene from the CW pilot for The Flash in which Barry saves a cyclist from an oncoming car. The speed at which Barry was traveling, they reason, would actually cause much more damage than the car could have.
Of course -- as CinemaBlend states -- Barry's powers can help to compensate for the potential for damage in ways that science can't account for since the powers operate in a fictional universe and have physics of their own.
Not only is the Speed Force a factor -- I'm pretty sure that during Mark Waid's long run on the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths version of The Flash he dealt with this very issue -- but so are other abilities he has, such as the ability to lend or borrow velocity to people or objects, and to vibrate through objects, and/or at a speed that makes him in- or semi-tangible.
Nevertheless, for math and science types, it could be fun to check out the study and chime in at the bottom to let us know what you think.