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Q&A Analogue Encryption, without converting to digital

Hello! I am thinking about analogue mobile telephones, but they have some severe flaws- the most significant being privacy. How could an analogue system be encrypted? It doesn't need to be complet...

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Bianca_Railway‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Maarten Bodewes‭

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Q&A Exploration of a 50 mile high mountain

My friends and I are building a world with a 50 mile high volcano on it. The mountain is the result of some bored god deciding to play a joke on everyone. Or, some other god got angry and decided ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Green‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How to survive and become self-sufficient in the nature?

Brad and his family are tired of society and the concept of money. They want to live a primitive lifestyle. They need a strong, comfortable and cheap refuge that will protect them from the elements...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Seraph Myrmidon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science Difference between 'AWPP' and standard quantum physics

Quantum Computers are considered a more powerful type of computer than so called 'classical' computers. While a typical classical computer could be considered as a black box that can solve Polynomi...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mithrandir24601‭

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Q&A Why buy tech from the future?

The Demonstration You're a rich, successful CEO/capitalist working in the electronics business. Your R&D division is exceptional and routinely fabs state of the art processors at bleeding edg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jordan‭

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Q&A Exploration of a 50 mile high mountain [duplicate]

My friends and I are building a world with a 50 mile high volcano on it. The mountain is the result of some bored god deciding to play a joke on everyone. Or, some other god got angry and decided ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Green‭  ·  closed as duplicate 3y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A 3D Printer / Replicator : Raw Materials and Distribution Cables

So let's say you have a starship like in Star Trek and you want a Replicator, but don't have the ability to convert matter to an energy form to pass their electrical cables. Basically you have an a...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Durakken‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Is it possible to create a beam of non-relativistic neutrinos?

Neutrinos have extremely low masses, and it's quite easy for them to reach high energies and speeds. As such, it almost always makes sense to treat a neutrino as being relativistic. I've been doing...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dmckee‭

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Q&A Why do flying saucers have to spin while flying?

Set during the Cold War period, the then-president rented five (5) flying saucers from the extraterrestrial aliens and a few training exercises were conducted in the air space above Roswell. My fat...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A How feasible would gliders or the like be on a flat plain, with no cliffs to launch from?

How effective or possible would flying machines that are not powered by a machine be on a flat plain? I have a setting where much of the world is a relatively flat grassland, and the people have n...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by AlexT‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by AlexT‭

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Q&A Detection systems and trigger mechanism in a pre-electronic world?

I am building a setting that is essentially steampunk,being exact it would be pneumatic punk. What electronics and electronic equivalent exists, are primitive and extremely expensive. Thus the majo...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A How to discretely sustain a plasma life-form?

I have some plasma life forms that have evolved within the photosphere of a star and also capable of existing on a neutron star and the ergoshpere or accretion disk of a blackhole. This lifeform c...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Could we build a roof over the Grand Canyon?

(or some other Lesser Canyon) I'm playing with story ideas for a videogame that takes place in the post-post-apocalyptic US. Everything is overrun with monsters and ocean horrors and whatnot, you'...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Appleguysnake‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Appleguysnake‭

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Q&A Would Alcubierre Drive Technology Allow for Artificial Event Horizons?

So, my understanding of how Alcubierre drives would theoretically work is not particularly complete. I know it involves compressing and expanding space, but I don't really have an intuitive grasp ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭

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Q&A A clothing material or other method to slow free-fall descent down walls

I'm working on a military sci-fi piece that involves a lot of exo-skeleton enhanced, well, parkour -- for lack of a better term -- and was wondering how to deal with descents from great heights. ...

23 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Delirium‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Delirium‭

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Q&A Would it be possible for humans to fly with mechanical wings?

This is something I'm thinking about. Now, these would be wings that are not powered by the person themself, since we do not have the strength for it (and I don't want to use legs). They'd be power...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jenny‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jenny‭

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Q&A Is it possible to retrofit white blood cells with neural network technology to fight infection?

I have been toying the idea of fusing our white blood cells which search and destroy malicious foreign bodies with artificial intelligence to fight various disease causing pathogens, my worry is th...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What could some alternative eating utensils be like?

I know it's not really all that exciting, but things like eating will be very prominent in the cultures and show up a lot in my story... In my world I want my race to have at least two different t...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jester Gleeful‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jester Gleeful‭

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Q&A How would someone actively search for titanium ores or other minerals?

I'm working on a story where the main character has to search for titanium (or rather ores containing titanium) in order to repair the hull of a ship. She's on a habitable world that's essentially ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭

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Q&A What is the force of impact for a failing space elevator given the following conditions?

The local sapient species on a relatively Earthlike planet has constructed a space elevator. It is anchored along the equator. Due to unfortunate circumstances (and potentially divine intervention)...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MUSE-42‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MUSE-42‭

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Q&A toilet for mermaid?

I want to know what kind of toilet design for mermaid is, considering they live surrounded by water and they poop through the anus (or whatever the organs name is) that located in the front rather ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A Despite almost zero energy consumption why does my spaceship scheduled cryostasis in shifts?

In the distant future a breakthrough in cryostasis technology can put healthy people into frozen state so that all metabolism halts and cells never age a bit, the spaceship is carrying them across ...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors o...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Delirium‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Delirium‭

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Q&A Could it be possible to quantum entangle particles on a mass scale?

So in the world I'm building, I'm considering to give one of my characters the ability to quantum entangle specific particles on demand. Now although for many years we thought quantum entanglement ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A Powertrain for mid-19th century mecha

I'm writing a steampunk/weird west story set in 1867 and I want to incorporate some form of armored battle "walkers" (aka mechs). Looking for ideas for powertrains that could conceivably run such a...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ryan Williamson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ryan Williamson‭

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Q&A Could yet unobserved baryons constitute useful building materials?

The setting is a science fiction story set roughly 500 years in the future. Looking at Wikipedia, I see a number of baryons that have so far never been observed. I'm interested in exploring this s...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A How could medical petrification work?

So, turning people into stone. You only have to add reversibility to the mix, and it becomes the BEST paramedical tool available. But, what does petrification need to accomplish to become just tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How can antibodies induce a demigod transformation?

The Greek gods were sufficiently advanced aliens with access to powerful technology. In the begining of our worlds formation, Zeus created mankind from his own flesh. These mortals were made in the...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How can a "magic" mirror flash blind people?

My "magic" mirrors are purely technological and are only able to transmit light. More precisely, they can display the visible and infrared spectrums, and communicate via radio waves. They're basica...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Technological "dungeon" designed to last for millennia

You are Alien McGee. For some reason ( don't ask why ) you need to hide an artifact in our solar system for roughly 20,000 years before coming back and taking it. Said artifact is a magical vase ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Bogdan 705‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bogdan 705‭

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Q&A What technologies could be made with the manipulation of quarks?

I'm trying to speculate on manipulating things on the level of quarks for a story. What could I do with that type of technology?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Shawn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Shawn‭

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Q&A Is it theoreticaly possible to phase shift between alternate universe and/or realities?

It's something that's been used several times as a plot device on Star Trek, notably in the TOS episode "The Tholian Web", and the TNG episodes "The Next Phase" and "The Pegasus". I'm certain it's ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Hewholooksskyward‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Hewholooksskyward‭

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Q&A How could an iceberg be created quickly?

For my middle-grade science-fiction novel, I need to come up with an invention or chemical that could rapidly create icebergs to refreeze the Arctic and slow climate change. Kurt Vonnegut's Ice-9 i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by George Brewington‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by George Brewington‭

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Q&A Methods for melting metals in space

I was wondering what the best ways for turning minerals mined in the asteroid belt into useable materials would be, so far I came up with three methods, utilizing nuclear, electromagnets, and final...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Daikael‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Daikael‭

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Q&A How to prevent ship's AI from initiating self destruct sequence regardless of captain's permission?

Set in a distant future, every interstellar spaceship runs on antimatter propulsion which can achieve fractional speed of light travel. There is a doctrine stating that all spaceships with mass exc...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How would evolution be influenced by the remnants of humanities servant robots?

So let me explain the frame/world first, I actually think all of it is relevant as some details would probably have quite the impact on the outcome. I was hesitant to post the question as it's quit...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Stefan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Stefan‭

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Q&A Feasibility of Hydrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere

My augmented society of humans have managed to engineer their power-hungry cyborg components to run on a hydrogen fusion reactor. Whilst they have so far managed to fuel it by drinking lots of wate...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Starsong67‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Starsong67‭

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Q&A How can space cop arrest the suspicious spacecraft moving at sub-luminal velocity?

Set in a distant future, reports of alien and drug traffickings have been on the rise and there was mounting pressure for Mr User6760, president of intergalactic interpol to resign. The traffickers...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A On our way to Mars: how do we do the laundry?

A human crew of 6 has been sent on mission to Mars The lowest energy transfer to Mars is a Hohmann transfer orbit, which would involve an approximately 9 month travel time from Earth to Mars, a...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Scientific explanation for extreme fighting strength

I was wondering if there is a scientific way to explain how my characters are capable of extreme levels of strength when engaging in combat. My characters are biological but have implants that all...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A How do you send out SOS in space if there is no absolute coordinate?

Imagine your spaceship encountered a gravitational anomaly and discovered that you are lost in space, your computer tells you that you are still inside the Milky Way galaxy but it cannot find the S...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What are some ways to hide a planet?

A major plot point for my story is the Protagonist stumbling upon a planet that was purposely hidden from the rest of the galaxy (at the edge of the galaxy) as it's being used by high level governm...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Primordial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Primordial‭

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Q&A How could humans control a body made of nanobots?

My species lives on a world that is filled with very few storms, lush environments, and naturally forming metallic monoliths. The species are like humans, but one thing that sets them apart from hu...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Silent Planet: Effects of Natural Psionic Evolution on Communication Tech?

"Imagine that. A planet teeming with life, entwined with one another with mere thought and nothing more. A silent harmony, a quiet world." Context Through some still unknown science, and on this ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Millennium‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Millennium‭

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Q&A A drinks party underwater?

Landia, a land based civilisation, has recently established diplomatic relations with Aquatica, a civilisation of fish people. The two peoples exchange gifts to each other - including from Landia, ...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Fhnuzoag‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fhnuzoag‭

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Q&A How to prevent crew from accidentally teleporting oneself outside a spaceship with portal gun?

Set in the year 3020 CE, every crew on board has a personal issued portal gun to easily get around the interior of the spaceship. The handheld portal gun can instantly teleport the user along with ...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Would Mind Uploaded People on Fast Computers have any Unique Skills or Knowledge?

In my setting, there are basically no biological life forms left, as everyone has either been mind-uploaded or is an artificial intelligence. It is supposed to take place at a very distant point i...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ZestyNesquik‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ZestyNesquik‭

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Q&A Intergalactic Communication?

I am building a science fiction world with technology comparable to the Halo Universe (AKA Warp Drives are a thing). The story is set in a section of the galaxy with various nations controlling mul...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Tigershad0w‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tigershad0w‭

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Q&A How could a portable handheld weather machine work?

Intro: As some of you may know, the character shown in this picture is none other than the Weather Wizard, one of the Flash's most dangerous adversaries. With the help of rod-like device in his h...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A Can a high power EMP generator keeps killer robots at bay?

Set in the near future, thousands of killer robots resemble those featured in the terminator film, I'm referring to the 800 series model are now marching in as we speaks. I am a sole survivor on a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭