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Q&A Does the sun being blocked affect electricity?

I feel like this is the most noobish question ever. Anyway, imagine an asteroid hits Earth and the atmosphere is now full of particles, successfully blocking the Sun from Earth. There are people st...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by KaguraRap‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Q&A A Mammal with Electrical Defenses

I'd like to create a land-based mammal that uses its electricity NOT for navigation or hunting, but only as a defense (enough to stun creatures approximately its own size or marginally larger, with...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by user3556983‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user3556983‭

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Q&A What would happen to Earth if the Oceans were electrocuted

If the earth's oceans were electrocuted (from the ocean floor), not worrying about how the energy is gotten to electrocute it, what would happen too everything in the ocean,( fish, algae, etc.) wha...

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

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Q&A Electrosynthetic Autotrophs

Photosynthesis has an abysmal efficiency with regards to converting solar energy into useful fuel for a plant, and I was wondering: 1) If it would be possible to engineer a plant to accept electri...

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

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Q&A Can gamma radiation be used to generate electricity on earth?

Since gamma radiation consists of photons, just like visible light does, albeit on a different frequency, isn't there a plausible way that in, say, 200 years into the future, we could harness the p...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hyfnae‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hyfnae‭

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Q&A How do I explain a unicorn discharging powerful electricity at a distance?

I am thinking of copying the design of an electric eel to create the horn, however as air is not a good conductor of electricity it cannot discharge any electrical shock unless there is a physical ...

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

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Q&A Plausibility Check: Is it possible to make a lightning dragon plausible?

I was having a discussion with several people on whether or not a lightning dragon can be biologically plausible, without any magic involved. We came to two main possibilities and I'd love to see f...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lilian Silva‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lilian Silva‭

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Q&A Would a being with electrical powers be able to stick to things using electricity in some way?

I have a character that can produce electricity. Would he be able to stick to things and move around on walls and ceilings using his electricity power in some way? It would need to be able to suppo...

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

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Q&A Gravitational and Electric Forces in the Movements of Planets

Now that we know about the electric nature of the cosmos, the question arises: "How much are planets affected by electric forces while moving through the universe?" We have been taught that the mov...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Marino Klisovich‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Marino Klisovich‭

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Q&A Is it possible for a multicellular organism to evolve a capacitor?

Is it possible for an organism to evolve a capacitor if the conditions were right (carnivore that stuns fish, living in complete darkness, etc.)? What kind of challenges would there be to evolve so...

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

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Q&A Electricity without electrons

The universe so far: If charged lepton fields are eliminated from the universe, charged pions become stable (having no decay path that preserves charge), replacing electrons to form bound "atomic"...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A Electrokinesis, direct, and based on technology

Superhumans in my setting work based on advanced technology (but not clarketech; no violations of physical laws, no FTL). My question is, how can a superhuman direct electricity? From my under...

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

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Q&A How useful would a hydroelectric power plant be in the post-apocalypse world?

The details don't matter, just that a large fraction of people have died (let's say 90%) and society has completely collapsed. It's only a year or two later, and people have started to gather toge...

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

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Q&A Would dumping vast amounts of electric charge into a traversable wormhole be a viable way to keep the wormhole open?

It's possible to have lots of electric charge while having only a small amount of mass, and a black hole with a significant electric charge has properties that are different from one with no electr...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A Feasibility of Thermoelectric Metabolism

Larry Niven's "Known Universe" (KU) features "The Outsiders" as one of its most prominent alien races. As per KU canon, the Outsiders evolved in a frigid moon (similar to Nereida) and they sustai...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by luis.espinal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by luis.espinal‭

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Q&A Car headlights in a world without electricity

In a world like ours in the 1980s, but which for whatever reason does not use any form of electricity. (Either it does not exist or batteries and generators etc have not been invented.) For purpos...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by lijat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by lijat‭

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Q&A How damaging would a major solar flare induced EMP event really be?

With specific attention to national electricity power grids. Some pertinent details needed to answer the question might be. What parts of the power grid get damaged by such an event How do they...

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

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Q&A How to design an electrical grid for a flare star planet?

The most popular type of stars are red dwarves, which regrettably tend to be flare stars. Yes, I know that geomagnetic storms and power lines do not like each other. Technology level: More or less...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A How might an astronaut in a vacuum create an electrical field sufficient to affect a cloud of particulates?

My protagonist is in a sticky situation: floating in space (fortunately in a spacesuit) and about to be attacked by an alien avatar made from smart matter; tiny specks of dust which share a distrib...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Dom Dulley‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dom Dulley‭

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Q&A What size EMP device would be necessary to wipe all data in a Google-sized server farm, without major physical damage?

I'm not sure if it's even feasible, but I have a server farm in my book, of a size that puts it on par with Google's. I want to wipe out all the data stored on the hard drives, without destroying ...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John S.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John S.‭

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Q&A How might a group (with an electrical engineer) restore downed power lines post-apocalypse?

In the scenario I'm envisioning, my group is in a city. They've got a source of hydroelectric power, but a few downed power lines/utility poles are making it difficult for them to transmit the ele...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Peter A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Peter A‭

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Q&A What would happen to a human if he steps inside a zone that strips electrons?

PREMISE The zone will make all electrons disappear. QUESTIONS If a person walks in that zone with his whole body, would he die from heart failure? What happens if he just sticks his hand in? H...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Cygnus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cygnus‭

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Q&A Alien Senses: Active electrolocation

In the course of designing fictional species I often find myself wishing to use exotic senses which we humans lack. This poses a unique and interesting challenge as without possessing the sense mys...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mike Nichols‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mike Nichols‭

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Q&A What would it take for a plant to produce electric shocks?

I'm designing an alien plant soecies that has evolved to produce electric shocks, as a way to keep insects away from it. My question is, how would it produce electricity in the first place? Also, c...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John Michailidis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Michailidis‭

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Q&A How much electricity could an iron core moon passing over a copper deposit on a planet generate?

Assuming the moon is the same size as ours and its core is generating a magnetic field, and the copper deposits are quite large, consisting of a tectonic plate containing huge deposits of native co...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Clay Deitas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Clay Deitas‭

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Q&A Modern technology during WW2, can it be powered safely?

Imagine someone from the modern day somehow gets transported back in time around the same time of WW2 without warning ahead of time. He has with him a laptop, graphing calculator (and a hand full ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Fantastic gas, part 1: could a gas be 'polluted', 'rarified', or otherwise react negatively to electricity, excluding methane-like explosions?

I previously asked a broad enough question about designing a fictional gas but it was advised by two users to split it into smaller questions. So here I am. The main property I want this gas to ha...

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

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Q&A Storing 200TJ of Electricity for rapid discharge

Here's the problem I'm having. I need a solution for the following situation. I have a sci-fi starship drive that needs 140TJ of energy every 6 hours. I have a Fusion Reactor that can produce 200T...

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

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Q&A Batteries and resource restrictions

I've prefigured a specific setting as being middling in technological progress when compared with its neighbors. This setting does not have access to hydrocarbons, has severe cultural and politica...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user49466‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user49466‭

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Q&A How does the Ash Manor get electricity?

Previously on the same setting (: How close is too close for a human habitation to be near an erupting volcano? What factors could delay the rescue of a small group of survivors on a Pacific volc...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mindwin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mindwin‭

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Q&A Would lightning strike a flying island?

Looking for someone with meteorology/physics knowledge to help with this one. Let's say I've got an island that floats in the sky--nothing special, these are a staple of fantasy these days. For ar...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by DM Relenzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DM Relenzo‭

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Q&A How far can a time traveller go into the past before his electrical equipment becomes unchargeable?

My time traveller has a maybe 20-minutes-into-the-future smartphone and laptop. They can store large amounts of data, on the Petabytes level or higher. The time traveller can effectively store the ...

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

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Q&A Could charged plasma be used as a working fluid to spin a magnetic turbine to generate electricity?

As the title suggests, this is a conceptual physics kinda question. What is the feasibility of using an electrically charged (as in not neutral) plasma as the working fluid in a turbine where the...

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

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Q&A Would it be possible for a non-aquatic species to exhibit bioelectrogenesis?

This is my first post on these forums, sorry if I've accidentally overlooked any rules or etiquette. Please let me know if more detail is necessary or would be helpful. This question is about a spe...

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

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Q&A Why would we use direct current instead of alternating current?

What could be reasons to use direct current in the distribution of power? I know that it is more efficient to distribute current at high voltages to reduce heat loss and that it is easier to step ...

16 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by endofline‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by endofline‭

Question electricity city
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Q&A Can a biological creature detect and absorb electricity from power sources?

Is it possible (either through genetic engineering or evolution) for a biological creature to be able to detect and absorb electricity from power sources like batteries or other animals? I know th...

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

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Q&A Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity

This is the first question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The second one is Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation. The premise: An Earth-like planet plunged into an ice age roughly 2,0...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Could a blimp be powered using thunderstorms?

Could a untethered blimp be built strong enough to with stand a thunderstorm? Could wind generators be placed on it to transfer turbulence of shifting wind into wind power? Rain could be collected...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Does my shipboard computer slow down as I approach light speed?

This question about time dilation got me thinking. The speed of an electron through copper is a whole heckofa lot slower than the speed of light, but if I understand the limits of relativity corre...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A The Electric Dragon

The Volt Dragon is an incredibly dangerous beast that reeks havoc on any attempted air travel. This dragon generates many small but powerful magnetic fields whose strength can be varied voluntarily...

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

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Q&A Electrical grid based on devices in series using constant currents, not devices in parallel using constant voltages

Mains power electrical systems on Earth supply a fixed standardized voltage to a number of devices, which are all wired in parallel with each other. However, on the planet I'm writng about, they d...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by AJMansfield‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by AJMansfield‭

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Q&A Metal Armour vs lightning strikes?

So I'm thinking about having my race of lightning wielding rabbits wear metal armour. The first one that came to mind was gold. And then a quick Google search later told me gold is one of the best ...

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

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Q&A Sky Train Blimp Plane?

Can using blimps to hold power lines and implement laser filamentation of ablout 7 meter span from the source of power for a contact free power supply to power an electric engine (designed to run o...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A How broken would my jPhone be if I traveled back in time 24 hours?

I have a character who ends up jumping backwards in time by 24 hours. Essentially nothing else changes, but the character has their jPhone in their pocket at the time of the jump. How functional sh...

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

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Q&A How could we produce electricity thanks to antimatter?

Imagine we had an easy way to produce antimatter, we could use it for interstellar travel, deadly weapons or more; but I've thought: How could we use it to produce electricity? As Antimatter annih...

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

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Q&A How could an organism produce energy from electricity?

So I've created this planet that's about 90% the size of Earth, orbits a binary yellow dwarf star and has an extremely electrified atmosphere. Cloud plumes coming from volcanoes contain various con...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by IJoinedCozIcan‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by IJoinedCozIcan‭

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Q&A A fruit that electrically shocks you

I want my world to contain a fruit that electrically shocks you to the point where it's painful, whenever you bite into it. Now, there are many organisms in nature that produce sensations similar t...

16 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Riley‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Riley‭

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Q&A Can we 'beam' energy from the moon?

Really can't believe I have to edit this in, but this question has no bearing on our current use and generation of nuclear energy on Earth. There are dangers to nuclear energy generation, or we...

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

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Q&A What gases are made by a live, crackling, exposed electrical wire?

Are gases altered by live electricity, such as might be found along a humming electric fence? They could be formed directly or indirectly through effects on EM field, ionization, or hydrolysis - My...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A What conditions would cause electricity to create carbon monoxide?

I've been mulling whether the local gaseous makeup of air is changed by electricity running along a wire. My previous question is on hold, and this one is different anyway. I couldn't find exactl...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DPT‭