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Q&A Giant planet renders one side of its moon deadly, the 'shadow side' habitable. How?

My project concerns a world "A", that is a moon of a gas giant "Jovi", in a solar system with no other planets to speak of and a host star much like our own. "A" is Earth-sized, has no magnetic fi...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by N. Bleac‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by N. Bleac‭

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Q&A What would a darkness effect capable of blocking all electromagnetic radiation probably do?

(As of 2020, February, the 19th, 12:23, I have decided to use a different method than the one originally proposed. The method itself answers the question) Imagine a spell an effect of utterdarknes...

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

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Q&A What could be the physiological mechanism for a biological Geiger counter?

Some humans have been genetically engineered to be able to detect ionizing radiation to better survive the harsh environments found outside of earth's protective magnetosphere. What could be the ph...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user152017‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user152017‭

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Q&A Is it possible to create an organism that is completely immune to radiation?

Radiation is the ultimate bane of all organic life. Its particles punch holes in our DNA, causing mutations and giving us cancer. But, is there a way to make an organism that is unable to get radia...

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

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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 can solar eclipse magnify the moons effects?

The moon is made up of a substance called warpstone. This rock is solidified Mana compressed into physical form. Pieces of the moon will sometimes fall to earth, which contain magical properties an...

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

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Q&A What gas can replace ozone as a UV filter in a planet's atmosphere?

Consider a planet with life forms, which are different than those found here on Earth, orbiting a star similar to the Sun. Such life forms don't use oxygen and, therefore, the planet's atmosphere i...

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

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Q&A Can midcourse flip pose danger at relativistic speeds?

Consider an interstellar spaceship. It is a rather classical design, somewhat similar to the ISS Venture Star from Avatar: http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Interstellar_Vehicle_Venture...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A Would it be possible for life to evolve on a planet with intense solar radiation, to the point where they can thrive in direct contact?

If you look at one of my previous questions, I ask about a tidally locked planet and it has come to my understanding that such a planet would be under a lot of radiation from the sun. So I'm curiou...

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

Question evolution radiation
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Q&A Requirements for melting snow from orbit using EM radiation

My (your) goal is to melt several tons of snow and ice in a small area using electromagnetic radiation beamed down from a spacecraft in orbit. The atmosphere that's in the way is vaguely Earth-like...

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

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Q&A Protecting a ringworld from solar radiation

How can I protect a ringworld (which creates 1g artificial gravity and has an earth-like atmosphere) from the things that earth's magnetic field protects us? (using real-world physics)

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

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Q&A How might star formation work in a universe similar to the one described in the orthogonal series?

In our universe, in order for a cloud of gas to collapse into a star it needs to release heat energy in the form of radiation, so that it can cool down enough to collapse into a star. I read what ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A How can a space station prevent docked ships from irradiating each other or the station?

I've been puzzling over the logistics of orbital spaceports, and this has been the one sticking point I keep coming to: radiation control between docked, or even neighboring, ships. Mass limitation...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by SkyeAuroline‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SkyeAuroline‭

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Q&A How can I minimize the damage of an unstable nuclear reactor to the surrounding area?

Gods in this universe inhabit a higher plane of existence. Their spirits inhabit large, humanoid forms upwards of 30ft, and watch over humanity by protecting it from outside threats. On occasion, a...

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

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Q&A Can I X-Ray a civilisation to death?

Something in orbit around an inhabited planet blasts it with a hefty dose of gamma rays/x-rays/something else, killing everyone within a relatively short time frame (hours or days) but leaving no o...

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

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Q&A Radiation shielding in the blood?

I wanted a creature that produces something in its blood to protect itself from SEP (solar energetic particles) and GCR (galactic cosmic rays). The skin of the creature is normally sufficient prote...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Johnny‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Johnny‭

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Q&A How could you rapidly increase a black hole's mass?

Say you were using a black hole as a propulsion drive á la Crane and Westmoreland http://arxiv.org/pdf/0908.1803.pdf- so your black hole has a radius of around .9 attometers - super tiny - around ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by B. Evett‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by B. Evett‭

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Q&A Using light as a barrier to block people without grilling them

We know that light exerts pressure upon matter. I'm imagining a hallway where an intense light source on one end shines towards the other end. The goal is to have the beam of light exert so much p...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user60406‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user60406‭

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Q&A Worms that create wormholes - can we find and track them underground?

In a future Earth it has been discovered that earthworms can actually create wormholes. There is a lot more to this and I will be asking other questions, however at this point I just want to know...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

Question biology radiation
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Q&A Magnetic field flipping and solar flares

Assuming that the magnetic field on Earth can suddenly flip, if really bad timing were to occur, wherein some of the biggest solar flares Earth has ever experienced rained down on the planet, could...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Private Name‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Private Name‭

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Q&A Radiation Levels and Effects on Planet with 27 Suns

Other posts from this thread will be posted here: How to make an Earth with 27 suns work (Closed as a duplicate of the follow up, Attempt Two) How To Make an Earth with 27 Suns Work, Attempt Two...

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

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Q&A Is it possible for an organism to convert magnetic radiation into a sustainable energy source?

For backgrounds sake, let's say that there are large, and I mean large beings living underneath the icy surface of Europa. Now consider this excerpt from NASA's page on Europa: One of the most...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cole Simchick‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cole Simchick‭

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Q&A Inducing cancer to enemy politicians, spies, world-leaders

Would a state be able (with currently available technology) to cause cancer to its enemies, which it can't silence in a different way? (e.g. staged accidents, assassinations, imprisonment) Hugo Ch...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Fermi paradox‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fermi paradox‭

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Q&A Why would a radioactive moon not give everyone cancer?

The moon in question is composed entirely of a radioactive substance, and showers the earth with strong radiation. It is responsible for a particular kind of cancer that causes the cells to multipl...

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

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Q&A How could living cells harness nuclear radiation for energy?

Question: many SF stories (e.g. The Expanse) put living organisms in highly radioactive environments and show them consuming that energy in some way. How might organisms put into these environments...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Jim2B‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jim2B‭

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Q&A Permanent flag for space pirates

Space is filled with all kinds of things that are unkind to cloth, such as dust and radiation, and they are the reason why sticking a nylon national flag on the moon isn't permanent. In my world I...

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

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Q&A How much liquid hydrogen to stop neutron radiation?

I have a spaceship that's powered by an efficient hydrogen fusion drive, but the drive outputs a large amount of dangerous neutron radiation as a side effect, and those neutrons are not captured an...

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

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Q&A Could a solar flare create terrestrial areas of background radiation?

Inspired by this question from yesterday. Solar flares can give off a large amount of radiation, but on Earth this is typically absorbed before it reaches anywhere but the poles, and even then on...

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

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Q&A Small-scale aviation without fossil fuels

In my setting, fossil fuels do not exist. I'm handwaving an alternative behavior of radioactive material, and alternative magnetism-like forces. These are explained below. My question now is: Can ...

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

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Q&A Tracking unique radiation signature?

In movies like The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible 4, and Star Trek: Beyond, we see characters attempting to track another person by a unique radiation signature emitted from their body. In the cas...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭

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Q&A Could edible fish live in a large water tank used as a radiation shield on a spacecraft?

As a source of food, would it be possible to have fish and/or plants living inside a water tank situated between the fusion or fission power plant and the crew quarters of a ship? The ship in ques...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Smoj‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Smoj‭

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Q&A Could natural armor plating protect a creature from radiation?

I was wondering if a creature could use natural armor plating to protect itself from radiation. For some numbers, I would like the creature to survive normally very lethal radiation, 30 Grays, for ...

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

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Q&A How would nuclear fallout affect the oceans?

I'm trying to build a setting in which humankind would have no other choice than to live underwater to survive. Suppose there was a nuclear war in which a huge part of the human population died, ...

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

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Q&A How can a person without Geiger counter and modern education in physics learn the concept of radioactivity?

Imagine there are two regions, one of which has a significantly higher level of radiation. Think of Pripyat (higher level of radiation) and its surroundings (lower levels). How can a person withou...

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

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Q&A What can temporarily disrupt Earth's magnetosphere?

I'm trying to find some type of space weather or other natural occurrences that would result in the intensity of Earth's magnetic field dropping for a few hours to maybe a week or two at most. Pola...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by C. Hess‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by C. Hess‭

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Q&A Alternative absorption spectra for plants

Chlorophyll-a (the primary one), chlorophyll-b, and(?) beta-carotene (plus other accessory pigments / carotenoids) dictate which portions of the EM spectrum are used as energy by plants. Pla...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user3082‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user3082‭

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Q&A How can I make humans not negatively affected by radiation?

My people are traveling in a generation ship. For some reason they can't make the ship radiation-proof. Their solution: genetically modify their descendants to be radiation proof. How could one mod...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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Q&A Is there a practical method of storing a kugelblitz?

Could a kugelblitz be stored in a container lined with metamaterials to reflect back the outpouring of hawking radiation or would it require something more exotic? Could it be pinned in the center ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Joe Kissling‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Joe Kissling‭

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Q&A Are there any other colors to radioluminescence?

You are probably aware of that certain radioactive things glow, usually a soft green. But is there any way to add compounds or what have you to achieve a different color, say, orange? I know Chere...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by armorhide406‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by armorhide406‭

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Q&A Could exoplanet with Earth's magnetic field orbiting a binary star system harbour intelligent life?

The binary stars system is comprises of a red giant with 6 solar masses and a Sun-like star, the exoplanet is orbiting in the Goldilock's zone with a molten iron core which generate a magnetic fiel...

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

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Q&A Are there any issues with using water as radiation shielding on a Martian colony?

Let's say that after decades of development there are now cities on Mars. Most of their facilities are located underground in order to protect them from radiation and small meteorites, as well as p...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by D-Nate‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by D-Nate‭

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Q&A mountain fallout glasshouse construction

In the future (based on present/emerging tech) someone builds what is effectively a mountain bunker to survive a nuclear winter. But bunkers don't have natural light. So, the plan is to build a b...

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

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Q&A Aliens picking up human radio and TV: how might it really happen?

In the Carl Sagan novel Contact and the 1997 film of the book, aliens from Vega have picked up TV pictures of Hitler opening the 1936 Olympics, which is depicted as the first TV signal powerful eno...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Lostinfrance‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Lostinfrance‭

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Q&A Could there be a (pseudo-)scientific explanation for a green atomic breath?

Everyone familiar with Godzilla should know of his iconic blue atomic breath. I've seen "theories" (technically not really theories) on how Godzilla's atomic breath works on the web. However, wha...

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

Question radiation chemistry
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Q&A Could radiation affect human DNA and environment in a positive way and how?

I know there are different types and levels of radiation with different affects. I read about some positive affects of ionizing radiation like : Useful for imaging parts of the body and other obj...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by BarefootJedi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by BarefootJedi‭

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Q&A Could a creature evolve to have a biological Geiger Counter?

I was thinking of a situation in which a creature lives in a region in which the levels of radioactivity varies from harmless to lethal from place to place and time to time. It takes millions of y...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A A spacecraft the size of Apollo 11's lunar module, composed of antimatter, around a normal star

After writing this question, I came up with a new question. Consideration The considerations are mostly similar to the linked question (reading it is highly encouraged, as I am trying to post as...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Hendrik Lie‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Hendrik Lie‭

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Q&A Radiation sudden stop

It is not hard sci fi, but I need something plausible. A spaceship falls on a planet and destroys itself. The area surrounding the wreck becomes highly radioactive. It can be because of the leak...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by nekron‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by nekron‭

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Q&A Long-term ecological effects of a global (but strategic) thermonuclear war

I'm currently toying with a post-nuclear apocalypse, with most, if not all, human survivors living in underground bunkers or vaults, and probably away from previous population centers"”my test case...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Jeremy Avalon‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Jeremy Avalon‭

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Q&A Astronomical Phenomena that cause Tidal Waves

Suppose a world suddenly is being attacked by frequent tidal waves caused by some event in space. What type of event could have caused this? Any side effects caused by the event, such as the relea...

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