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Q&A Composite armor based on diamonds, could it work?

Under normal circumstances, monolithic diamond is pretty terrible at resisting impact, due to it being weak in certain planes, also known as cleavage planes. To solve this, why don't we just make ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Mr. Mistoffelees‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A How would utility fluids move and stay together?

The concept of utility fogs is actually pretty old. The idea is a swarm of fairly small micromachines (about 100 micrometers in length) that would be able to mimic most materials and objects. Each...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Mr. Mistoffelees‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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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 2y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user6760‭

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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 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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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 3y ago by Shawn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Shawn‭

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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 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who has skin made from rock and can manipulate the molecular structure of natural minerals?

Okay, so I want you to think of someone similar to Clayface here, only he's not limited to just clay. What I got for him so far is that he was once an ordinary man until a cluster of specifically...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A Would nanotechnology-scale devices be vulnerable to EMP?

For the purposes of this question, let's use the definition of nanotechnology from the tag wiki excerpt: "technology that works with sizes of less than 100 nanometres". An EMP can vary in frequenc...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How could the most destructive spell work in my Barrier Magic?

The core concept is a bastardized fusion of utility fogs, and the magical barriers of witches from the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Utility fogs are swarms of 100 micrometer robots, foglets, t...

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

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Q&A What adaptations should a utility fog, that's meant to be an air-fuel explosive, have?

I found a way to ensure that even if either the Japanese Self-Defense Force or the U.S Army invades my fantasy world, its inhabitants would still have a fighting chance. Utiltiy Fog Hall thoug...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How to control a nanobot swarm

Say you somehow invented 50 thousand nanobots that are the size of medium sized bottle caps. Each are capable of hovering for a limited amount of time but do recharge with both solar energy and plu...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A How would a Grey Goo robot compute given that it has no fixed form?

This is something that confuses me with amorphous characters, monsters, robots etc... How do they compute when their particles don't have a fixed form? They are in a sense modular robots only taken...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Utility-fog wind?

So, I have this draft for a story. It's basically a parody(?) of the fantasy tropes originating from LOTR (the movies) with the twist that we're following the bad guy's lackeys, who he abuses more ...

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

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Q&A How can I create strong structures with a drone swarm?

Continuing from my previous questions about a swarm of millimetre-sized drones, I want them to be able to interlock or by some method form into strong functioning structures, like a gun or a baseba...

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

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Q&A Scientific explanation for summoned creatures

Throughout the ages, The Summoners were a prominent family of mages (but technology is magic here), who possess the ability to call forth creatures from cards. Of course they can only summon creatu...

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

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Q&A How to prevent this micromachine swarm from doing anything besides what it was intended to?

So, there is this entity in my story, Slenderman, who's ultimate technique is the Blackout. Blackout causes electronic devices and light-based communication to fail within a 5 km radius of a chose...

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

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Q&A A realistic reason for gods to be incapable of meddling with mortal affairs?

So, gods. What are they. Gods are a race of various creatures that share a two important characteristics: They're connected to The Source. They can successfully produce offspring (though without ...

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

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Q&A So, magic is based on swarm robotics and nanotechnology. How can I have Anti-magic fields?

So, at its core, magic is using a swarm of tiny (50-100 micrometers), naturally occuring robots to deliver substances to a given location and initiate chemical reactions that lead towards the desir...

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

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Q&A The best realistic spell to brick firearms

Okay, so, how does magic work? Magic, at the end of the day, is a swarm of tiny machines (hardly visible to the naked eye, but still within the 10-100 micrometer range) that carry out a task. Indi...

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

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Q&A Nanomachines and deception are the essence of magic, how can I explain meteor showers and similar large-scale weather spells?

So, dragons have access to this thing, called word magic. Word-magic spells are typically need way more energy and processing power than regular magic, they also have nasty cool-down times. A drago...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A What would happen if the Earth was grey-gooed into paperclips?

I'm considering a scenario where Humans cannot live on Earth anymore, and need to settle other planets. Some physicist I follow on YouTube like to remind us that almost no mater what we do to Earth...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sebastien Diot‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sebastien Diot‭

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Q&A It there any conceivable way nanomachines could turn a brain into a semi-organic grey goo, preserving the individual's consciousness?

I'm working on a scenario operating on Clarke's Third Law, with nanotechnology percieved as magic to humanity, and I want to create a non-spiritual afterlife for humanity. My intention was to simpl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wax‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wax‭

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Q&A Scientific reason for incense burners to be an effective ward against malevolent "spirits"

Malevolent Spirit: Malevolent spirits are swarms of barely visible machines that have accidentally been imprinted with a deceased person's memories. They posess swarm intelligence and communicate w...

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

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Q&A Powering a Nanobot Via Nuclear Fission of Its Material

First let me say that I know almost nothing but the basics about nuclear fission. I know more about nano robotics but I've got no degree in the matter, just a rather in depth curiosity and a lot of...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James R.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James R.‭

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Q&A The Requiem quietly plays: Is it possible for molecular machines to read and modify proteins in the brain?

So, I had a concept (a bit large for a single question). One of it's parts is nanomachines rewiring the brain of the subject. Since we don't know much about the exact workings of the human brain, ...

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

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Q&A Metal that glows when near pieces of itself

First question! I'm excited to see if anyone can help me. Any missteps are unintentional, but feel free to tell me so that I may learn. So, I've recently started brainstorming over a possible st...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by menecio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by menecio‭

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Q&A What is the minimum required technology to reanimate someone who has been cryogenically frozen?

As part of the story I am writing, an individual has been frozen with relatively crude cryogenic technology, then preserved as well as possible. Given the constraints of biology, what would waking ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Regan Koopmans‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Regan Koopmans‭

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Q&A What is the speed limit on nano-construction?

How fast can nanites work Tangential to the above question. This is for a novel about a somewhat near future. The conceit is that very advanced nanites, plus computers that are able to read our mi...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mara‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mara‭

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Q&A Underwater City- Applications of Nanotech

With the rise of global warming and our leaders not seeming to do enough about it, expanding our ranges past the earth's ground seems like something we must do eventually. Everyone always points to...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by jaxon5225‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by jaxon5225‭

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Q&A Can a one-dimensional blade cut everything ? (chainsaw) (Sword)

I was thinking in a character who has a...kind of Steam powered Chainsaw, and a sword, what make them special is because the blades of the chainsaw are one-dimensional, same with the sword, they ar...

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

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Q&A What's strongest non-nuclear explosive I can make with nanotechnology?

Can I use nanotechnology to make the strongest possible non-nuclear explosive (when compared to the equal amounts of other explosives) or are we already at the peak-level of what can be achieved wi...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How would a nanorobot disease be identified by a scientist

it's pretty straight forward, how could a scientist such as a doctor, identify that nano-robots are the cause of some disease without knowing what it is looking for ? It would somehow need to be b...

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

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Q&A Cybernetic Nucleic Acid

Let's say that a patient is in hospital suffering a terminal disease or at least a physical injury that's very expensive to treat. The only hope of salvation is to have artificial, or cybernetic, ...

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

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Q&A How do you power all the nanobots?

We have successfully put 37 trillion nanobots the size of a red blood cell into the experimental group test subjects' willing participants' bloodstream, but without a power source, the nanobots clo...

18 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Daniel M.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Daniel M.‭

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Q&A Realistic limits to the transforming abilities of nanomachines?

We all know how fiction likes to play fast and loose with nanomachines. But really, what would they be capable of in real life, assuming you had an utterly arbitrary amount of them? What would the ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A Can I program nanobots to behave like sperm and fool an egg?

In short I'm looking at creating an artificial sperm smart enough to fertilize an egg and develop into an embryo, so that would mean the sperm must have some means of carrying information similar t...

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

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Q&A How possible would 'mechanical' life be /andor how might it work?

I am wondering how possible (and also, how it might work) something like nanobots would be. The technology level definitely would be higher than it is currently, to the point of pocket universe tec...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by MCCG‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by MCCG‭

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Q&A Methods of containing/combating "grey goo" Von Neumann nanomachines?

The grey goo end-of-the-world scenario in which lots of little microscopic Von Neumann self-replicating machines basically eat everything to make more of themselves. Eventually everything is grey ...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by neph‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by neph‭

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Q&A Why would aliens design their von Neumann replicators to use nitrogen?

I want to contrive a scenario in which 23rd century humanity faces a dire crisis due to an extraterrestrial von Neumann ecology that rapidly consumes Nitrogen as a part of its life cycle. So rapidl...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A How physically small can human intelligence get?

A common trope in science fiction is the idea that a human's consciousness and intelligence can be downloaded onto a computer. I recently had the idea that maybe in some apocalyptic scenario, mill...

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

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Q&A Light armor from carbon allotropes

I want to make a powered light armor for my sci-fi setting. The candidate material is carbon, as it's lightweight and has a whole rainbow of different allotropes with different properties. I want...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Would it be possible to create a machine that (safely) split atoms and rearrange them differently?

I'm currently working on a story and I'm having some interrogations about the plausibility of a civilization. Quick backstory: Humans had to abandon Earth a few thousand years ago for the classic ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Garnovski‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Garnovski‭

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Q&A Quick Question: Ionocraft with nanotechnology?

So basically there is this ionocraft thingy and it would be used frequently by one of my stories, mainly by a lightweight character (6.3 kg). Now the question: If I were to use nanotechnology to c...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Effects of nitrogen deprivation on the body?

I'm trying to build a designer organism that would prove a threat to all life on Earth. Sort of a semi-organic von Neumann ecology of microscopic nitrogen-eaters that rapidly consume nitrogen to fu...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A How could nanobots in the body be discovered via a routine blood/medical test?

I have a scenario where a person has nanorobots unknowingly injected into his bloodstream. I'd like his doctor to discover them through some kind of medical test, preferably a blood test. Of cour...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by nanoguy‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by nanoguy‭

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Q&A Instant army with nanites

This question's main focus is the building aspect of the nanites. Rulez: No pseudo-science. No handwavium. The backstory is not (that) important. Lame puns ahead, proceed with caution. P...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How could I make something "immune" to nanotechnological disassembly?

Let me pitch you a setting: a scientific prodigy with not a lot of common sense decides to release a horde of nanotech dissasemblers into the environment. These "dissasemblers" can dissasemble AN...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by AnAspiringAuthor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by AnAspiringAuthor‭

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Q&A Non-magical protective talisman (or, sapient money)

There are two societies. One highly advanced with AI, posthumans, post-scarcity economy and off-Earth resources. So gold and platinum is what a Mercury base resident just calls "rocks". They hav...

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

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Q&A Are there any elements that wouldn't be useful to a self-replicating machine?

I wanna have a scene where the protagonists see the gray goo excreting human skeletons because they can't use the calcium in them for anything. But is this true? Would a self-replicating machine re...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A Do the physics of my gray goo scenario check out?

Basically what I'm picturing is a slight variation of the usual model that relies on flux pinning (a.k.a quantum locking) to resist damage. The swarm has a macroscopic "core", some sort of electrom...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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