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Q&A How long can a wooden door last?

The setting I've cooked up for a D&amp;D campaign I'm running features a fair amount of buildings that have been totally abandoned by civilization for hundreds or even a thousand years. Obviously w...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dylan B‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Dylan B‭

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Q&A Using Molten Metal as Mortar--Would it Work Today?

So I just got back from watching an episode of the Science Channel program Unearthed, a show focusing on archaeological discoveries. In the episode in question, the subject was on the Lighthouse o...

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

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Q&A How do you get steel outside Earth?

I'm looking for a more economical and efficient method of making steel for my project Death Star Unlimited, a mega infrastructure orbiting Mars with a mass of 500,000,000 metric ton give or take 1%...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Maximum Size Limit for a Wooden-and-Bamboo Neo-Ziggurat

There is a concern that's been brought up only recently--steel and concrete buildings are environmentally wasteful. In further clarification, they waste away too much greenhouse gases. And consid...

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

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Q&A Skysteading: How to build a flying city

I am building a city in the sky; it floats thanks to hot air balloons and hydrogen. The main issue I have is how to make it grow, as this is not some kind of giant structure to start, it is a small...

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

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Q&A How to ride a fish?

In my world, there are giant fish, reptiles, and bugs. My question is, how would you be able to put a harness or saddle on a fish? Info: Swamp bio being ridden by humans Fish range in all differ...

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

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Q&A Most optimal hallways with random gravity inside?

Lets say you have a space ship. This ship will do a lot of maneuvers causing a lot of G forces to go in different directions through the ship. During straight acceleration it pushes the people insi...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A Would it be possible to build a submarine-like city?

I mean as in a city that is not situated at the bottom of the ocean but is not floating on the surface of it either. What would a plausible size and population size be for this kind of construct? C...

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

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Q&A How deep can underground tunnels be within the scope of science?

If the Earth's interior was not hot and liquid, how deep could we dig before the tunnels collapsed by the pressure or the air became too pressurized to be breathable? In other words: how deep can u...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Irigi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Irigi‭

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Q&A Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user2702772‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user2702772‭

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Q&A Floating Pumice Road. Slab Size

So based on the question can pumice stone be use as castle material on water? I wanted to take pumice and use it to construct a floating road, so my Lava People can safely travel from one volcanic ...

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

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Q&A Would skyscrapers tip over if people fell sideways?

Suppose that for some reason gravity magically changes, but only for people. While this goes on, instead of gravity pulling people down, it pushes them East. To be clear, it's just people. Not anim...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jason Clyde‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jason Clyde‭

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Q&A Would It Be Feasible to Hollow Mount Everest Into a Palace?

Let's say that some Oriental emperor had decreed that he should move his palatial residence from China to Everest. Specifically, he wanted Mount Everest to be his palace, which means hollowing the...

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

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Q&A Building a launch loop

A launch loop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_loop is a proposed way to put lots of things into space at lower unit cost than rockets (only need to pay the energy cost in electricity for each ...

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

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Q&A Bridge over Lake Baikal

Note: this takes place in a world populated by humanoid bears, where the population density in Siberia is much higher. The northern part of Russia is taken up by a country called Medwedia. As said...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A How can a long spaceship combat torsion and shear stress while moving in space?

Set in the late 22nd century AD, spaceship designs are becoming more streamlined and have longer bodies measuring from the tip at the front of ship to the thruster located at the back of the ship. ...

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

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Q&A Would tunnel walls be stronger if built using cut granite block walls reinforced with carbon based cords?

I have been drafting the concept of a future world based on current research. I have been contemplating the long lasting transportation tunnels of the future. I am asking about the likelihood of th...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dev Slocum‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dev Slocum‭

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Q&A A Glass Window in an Underwater City

In this scenario, an underwater city is a collection of domes interconnected by tunnels 17 feet wide and 17 tall. The largest of the city's domes is 71,000 square feet in area and 137 feet tall. ...

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

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Q&A Can You Mix Glass in a Metal Alloy?

Long ago, I asked for a kind of steel alloy under an alternative recipe. Right now, the list is as follows: Carbon (2%) (Reasonable material and amount) Chromium (12%) (Reasonable material a...

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

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Q&A Reduced gravity on surface of planet

This is a simple question, hopefully not broad. My colonizing company wants to put little habitats on the surface of a planet with more gravity (2.0G) than earth. Is there a way to reduce gravit...

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

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Q&A Practical height of towers without elevators

I'm writing about a setting where building technology is quite advanced, but elevators have not yet been invented, so the limiting factor on height is ergonomic. What would be the maximum practica...

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

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Q&A How high could a Lego tower be?

I just won the national lottery! I am a billionaire, and can do whatever I want with my money! Tv interviewer asks me what would I do with this money. Then, come the Idea. I remember this guy whe...

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

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Q&A What would it take to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain?

I had this idea the other day just for the heck of debating about if it would be feasible to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain. I mean from St-John's (Newfoundl...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user178386‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user178386‭

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Q&A How deep would a pit have to be to make climbing out implausible

Assuming that there is a prison somewhat akin to the one in The Dark Knight Rises, except being nothing more than a cylindrical hole in the earth, how deep would it have to be to make escape attemp...

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

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Q&A How big must a building/spaceship be to create an indoor weather system?

The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building and the proposed Nazi Volkshalle are cited to be "big enough for weather systems to form inside them". The building has at least 10,000 tons of air conditioni...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by March Ho‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by March Ho‭

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Q&A How fast can giant underground shelters be built?

Detailed Synopsis: I started writing a story wherein advanced technology slowly stop working (starting from most advanced, and progressing until only handmade items function), while the global clim...

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

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Q&A How would a building handle being submerged?

A common question seems to be how to survive tsunamis / floodings and the like. However I'm interested in what a building would look like after a year under the water. Depending on the depth and t...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Reaces‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Reaces‭

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Q&A Building the Death Star with today's tech

I found an interesting Wikipedia article, quoted in an answer here. I'm looking into writing a story where someone has built a Death Star. The purpose of this craft is important to the story (and ...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Shokhet‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Shokhet‭

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Q&A How Can I Build Ice On an Iceberg With Primitive Tech?

Let's say a group of people live on icebergs. They want to shape them - e.g., let's say they want to add a pier to their iceberg, how do they "grow" the ice. Prefer a primitive answer, but if ther...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bob the Guest‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bob the Guest‭

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Q&A Interstellar construction between star systems

Asked a similar question before but didn't think it through and mangled it. Anyway would it be possible to build a structure between two star systems? Basic scenario is that you have two stars su...

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

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Q&A Non-Iron Skyscraper Framing

I'll confess that I have a real issue with iron--it rusts quickly. In fact, the History Channel program Life After People constantly states that, left to its own devices, the iron that makes up a ...

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

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Q&A What sort of forces can be expected in the sudden stop of a rotating space station ring?

This is a bit hard for me to put into to words, but it is an idea I have been working on for a few days, with input from a few other people. I have actually brought up part of this in a previous qu...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by TitaniumTurtle‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by TitaniumTurtle‭

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Q&A What reasons could there be for cement not setting?

I'm writing a scene set on a construction site where the builders notice that the cement they pour is not setting: it just remains in its liquid state or it is taking a very long time to set. This ...

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

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Q&A What level of technology would be necessary to allow a worldwide system of massive canals be built?

Following up on my Martian canals theme from this question and assuming the canals can be constructed, I would now like to ask what level of technology is required to do that. The basic problem Th...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Diamond as a building material

So lots of Sci-fi works use mono-crystalline diamond as a wonder material used to build all sorts of impressive and in some cases seemingly impossible structures, I'd like to ask about the science ...

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

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Q&A What are the feasible means of keeping a space station existing and operational for thousands of years?

In my space western setting, I went nuts with the time scale, so now I have a faction living entirely in space stations (with planets used for transit and agriculture, but that's irrelevant for now...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Lighter-Than-Air Bridge Technology

Imagine a very long bridge (Visbi Bridge - named after the designer) across an immense canyon - really almost a wide deep gorge -use on an earth-like world. My concept is that part of the support o...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by clarkland‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by clarkland‭

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Q&A Could you have more than one building in the same spot by "stacking" them in 4th dimensional space?

In my universe a 4th SPACIAL dimension exists around our 3 dimensions. I'm playing with ideas for a society that has access to a 4th spacial dimension and am currently thinking of what they would b...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by AJ D.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by AJ D.‭

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Q&A How long a footbridge could you make from natural materials?

In many scenes you see something like this: If I was designing a world for a culture living in a rain-forest and their land was cut through by many vast ravines then what sort of spans could the...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tim B‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Tim B‭

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Q&A How high can a city be built on a mound in a flood plain?

This is a followup to this question about city building on flood plains. There is a civilization that developed along the rich varzea flooded forests of an enormous rainforest river, larger than ...

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

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Q&A Drilling a tunnel into the core of Mimas

I was told that building a tunnel into the centre of Enceladus is not possible, since it has subsurface ocean and molten, rocky core. But its brother, Mimas is a bit smaller, and shows no sign of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A Establishing an under-ice base on Europa - ice drilling/melting?

If life were discovered in the supposed ocean on Europa, it would be a popular destination for scientists and researchers. I am curious as to what life on Europa would be like, in terms of engineer...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Innovine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Innovine‭

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Q&A Drilling a tunnel into the core of Enceladus

The extreme pressure and temperature greatly reduces our ability to drill holes deeper than some kilometers into Earth's mantle. However, on a body smaller, colder and less dense, this would be a ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A How To Eat the Moon

An ASI (Artificial Super Intelligence) has come to the conclusion that we humans should be put in a simulation. It has also decided that it would rather not turn the Earth into computronium. Fortun...

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

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Q&A Where to Anchor My Space Elevator

Thanks to the recent discovery of handwavium "¡ filaments that can in principle be extruded to any length, we will be able to build space elevators sooner than most people would expect. The inte...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Erosion of buildings on geological timescales

I'm looking at a science fiction scenario similar to Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness where buildings are exposed to the elements for millions of years. I have a feeling they wouldn't be qui...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rwallace‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by rwallace‭

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Q&A In modern world, what is the largest building that could be built overnight?

I've worked a couple of Habitat for Humanity mass builds where entire houses go from a poured foundation to complete in the course of a few days, and whole neighborhoods are built in a week. There'...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SRM‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SRM‭

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Q&A Extending the Kola Superdeep Borehole

In an effort to accurately map and predict earthquakes and tectonic plate movements, scientists wish to insert sensors through the earth's crust and into the upper mantle. Through some Excel wizar...

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

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Q&A Cheaper, Faster, Better Housing

The year is 2026 and there's angry talk of repealing old free-trade deals as politicians claim jobs are being destroyed by foreign competition. That is, Chinese and Indian construction companies ar...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Viability of domed cities on a planet with extreme temperature ranges

I'm working on a world where the human race lives on a planet that is much closer to its star than Earth is. The temperatures range from 150C to 300C in the day and below 0C at night. My question...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by supersaiyanscooby‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by supersaiyanscooby‭