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Q&A Cons of Antimatter Weaponry

In the story I'm creating, a major weapon type of humanity will be Antimatter based weaponry. This is a fairly new technology, as antimatter production facilities have just reached the size and cap...

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

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Q&A Is this a reasonable way to enforce a ban on exotic weapons in an interstellar setting?

In the late 23rd century certain groups of mankind stared down the barrel of what may be possible in the future: cross galactic relativistic kill missile storms, gamma-ray Dyson Beams, Kugelblitz b...

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

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Q&A Space-based black hole weapon effects

For the fluff of my story one of the space-ships is equipped with what I hope is one of the biggest F-you weapons in ship-to-ship combat: a miniature black hole launcher. The launcher fires a whop...

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

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Q&A How does Wildfire work?

Don't you just hate when Euron injures your pet dragons and perforates your fleet with a ballista? Don't worry, all you need is a shipful of Wildfire and a very long fuse (or Mehdi Sadaghdar with ...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of The Absorbic Bomb from The Killing Star

I have come across a weapon by The Killing Star, which is called the Absorbic Bomb. Apparently, it reverses the formula E = mc^2, of how matter is converted to energy during standard nuclear blast...

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

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Q&A How quickly could a spaceborne missile accelerate?

Is there any practical g-limit for unmanned spacecraft, or could you theoretically push a missile to significant fractions of c in hours or minutes while pulling hundreds or thousands of Gs? I need...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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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 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Creating a Hard and Feasible Molecular Disrupting Beam

A common weapon in science fiction is the Molecular Disrupting Beam, which disintegrates anything caught by the beam into basic atoms and molecules with no wound or gash, more as if a portion of th...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of Relativistic Artillery / Kill Vehicles

As far as it is known, Relativistic Kill Vehicles are a common weapon in science fiction and are rendered as powerful as nukes just due to their kinetic energy alone, a finite mass being propelled ...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of Ordinatus' Hellfire Missiles

I was looking for special missiles that do more than just explode or release radiation, thus I looked at some of the harder Warhammer 40k weapons, until I came across the Hellfire Missile. To desc...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of H.G. Wells' Continuously-Exploding Atomic Bombs

I came across this interesting weapon by H.G. Wells, from his novel, The World Set Free, about a special type of atomic bomb that will explode indefinitely. Here is a description on Wikipedia: ...

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

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Q&A The opposite to Worldbuilding: World Destruction

I am looking at different ways to destroy a planet. I am assuming the planet is of a similar size and composition to the Earth just to keep things simple. I am starting at boiling the atmosphere t...

25 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jimmery‭

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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 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Feasibility of Warhammer 40k Weapons Part 2: Exterminatus

So the Plasma Cannon proved to be a bust, now to the next weapon, what which is commonly associated with 'Exterminatus', the Atmospheric Incineration Torpedo. This bomb is far more powerful than a...

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

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Q&A Civilization self destruction prevention

In 1950 physicist Enrico Fermi wondered why we have found no alien civilizations even though there are about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the observable universe. Among other things, h...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Fermi paradox‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fermi paradox‭

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Rigorous Science Is it possible to build a black hole (kugelblitz) gun?

Assume that space warfare is dominated by gamma and x-ray lasers (Wakefield-Plasma and Free Electron Lasers) capable of killing targets several light-seconds away. Stealth in space is possible due ...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of Larry Niven's Wunderland Treatymaker

So it seems that the Nuclear Handgun, Powergun and Absorbic Bomb have all been busted, but this one might be more interesting, Larry Niven's Wunderland Treatymaker. Description of how the weapon (...

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

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Q&A What's a safer design for a relativistic kill vehicle?

A large railgun mounted on the spine of a mega-scale starship (20-32km) or an antimatter-powered missile launched outside the ship? For clarification's sake, when I say "safer" I'm referring to "sa...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A How do spaceship-mounted railguns not destroy the ships firing them?

And I'm not talking about the wimpy 32"‰MJ kind we have in the real world, I'm talking about the superweapon kind. Anyone familiar with Knights of Sidonia and their flagship's Heavy Mass Cannons wi...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A We need help with our xenoforming weapon of mass destruction

Our empire has been at the mercy of violent marauders who are not working with the Will of Dozin and instead trying to break away from our cosmic union. In our archives, we have found a xenoformin...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Mr Kusnetsov‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Mr Kusnetsov‭

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Q&A A weapon to rapidly change the Earth's atmosphere

I am seeking information and ideas from all you clever people. What I am trying to imagine is a chemical reaction that would change Earths atmosphere rapidly into something else which would be mo...

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

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Q&A How to ignite the atmosphere?

Before the first nuclear weapon was dropped, a scientist (whose name has escaped me) had a thought: could it ignite the atmosphere? But this was during World War II, when they didn't have the maths...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Alex Robinson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Alex Robinson‭

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Rigorous Science Is it possible to kill all life on Earth?

Edit: It has been suggested that my question is a duplicate of What could humans do to render the earth uninhabitable?. That question only asks what would be necessary to make human life impossibl...

21 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A Anti Personel Radiation Incendary Long Fallout Orbital Onset Laser Sattelite

For a story I'm working on I'm designing a sattelite to take down infantry from orbit, but without the power to take down tanks or infrastructure. The goal would be to kill off a military base, or ...

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

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Q&A Super-sized parabolic mirror in space: Building the Nazi Sun Gun

The ODESSA network, a highly secretive organisation of former SS members, decides to hold the former Allied nations to ransom; with a giant parabolic mirror in space that can focus sunlight into an...

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

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Q&A How much energy to destroy the crust of a planet?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode The Die is Cast. A planetary bombardment scene occured where 17 shots was stated to have destroyed 30% of a planet's crust. Now obviously that's a HUGE amo...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by John K. Fitzgerald jr.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by John K. Fitzgerald jr.‭

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Q&A Shooting an energy beam into the Sun (from the Earth) in order to destroy it

This question is about a fictional scenario where an evil suicidal scientist has built a high-energy weapon somewhere on earth. His intention is to shoot a beam of some form of energy (or high-ener...

17 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by x457812‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by x457812‭

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Q&A Wormholes as Weapons of Mass Destruction

A wormhole (or Einstein"“Rosen bridge) is a speculative structure linking disparate points in spacetime, and is based on a special solution of the Einstein field equations solved using a Jac...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A How many deaths can be caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection (Solar Flare)?

Where should I shoot a solar flare that is at least as strong as the solar flare(s) in 2012 for the most death? What else would happen? And how much death, in percentage of world population, would ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Malady‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Malady‭

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Q&A The Worldkillers - Method I: Oceans

This series will focus on a Worldkillers: a group of interstellar outlaws who specialize in destroying worlds. Each question has the objective to explore a different way to kill a planet - a word...

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

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Q&A Human caused disasters creating a whole new continent

So my world needs to be destroyed because of a variety of things. New land masses would be created and destroyed and joined till we had a single continent. In the future, people saw the possibili...

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

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Q&A With current technology, genetically modified virus able to end mankind

Description : Even in the ⅩⅩth century, biological warfare was studying only existing diseases. But recently we're able to modify viruses in order to cure genetic impairments. Would it be pos...

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user2284570‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user2284570‭

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Q&A How much antimatter would we need in order to wipe out all humans, eradicate all animals and blow up the Earth?

Supposing we had many thousands of antimatter bombs (they can be detonated in many different locations), how much total antimatter would we need in order to wipe out all humans on Earth? Supposing...

8 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by BuildingBetterWorlds‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by BuildingBetterWorlds‭

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Q&A Restricting antimatter - practical rather than legal measures

Antimatter is relatively easy, but heinously expensive, to make using modern technology. I have two universes with the same problem; energy is free and for all practical purposes infinite, this sho...

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

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Q&A Could a thermonuclear detonation be ignited in a star by addition of sufficient energy instantaneously in a small region?

While it does not occur in nature, I have wondered if a sufficient amount of energy deposited in a sufficiently small space in a sufficiently small amount of time could ignite a thermonuclear deton...

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

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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 9y ago by Shokhet‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Shokhet‭

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Q&A Piercing the Earth

How much force, momentum, and energy would be needed to have an object pierce through the Earth? I've tried to research this, but I could not find results for a mathematical value. Assume the Eart...

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

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Q&A What would happen to a planet after a quarter of it had been blown up?

An alien species has created a weapon. The alien stands on a planet, points the weapon at the ground, and pushes a button. A large amount of matter condenses itself into a mass, creating a huge hol...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lindy Ray‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Lindy Ray‭

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Q&A What are the safety margins for destroying a planet from space?

My empire's flagship, the Persecutor class UJBHE1 Abhorrent, rides into the home system of my greatest enemy, Baron Obsequious, levels its Death Ray2 at his beloved home, and pulls the trigger.3 B...

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

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Q&A A weapon to attack the Solar System

Basis We are in the universe we call our own, on the planet we call Earth, in the physics-set and known reality we assume. There is no flat-out "magic" or other things along those lines, so far a...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Caleb Woodman‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Caleb Woodman‭

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Rigorous Science Azidoazide Azide Storage and Weaponization

AA (azidoazide azide) is a hyper-explosive 14 nitrogen molecule. My questions are: what are some theoretical ways to store it so it doesn't explode on you but on the enemy you throw it at, and what...

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

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Q&A How to destroy a star system?

The admiral of a space fleet that belongs to a Type 3 civilization has been given orders to obliterate all planets within the habitable zone of a Sun like star. Some of the planets have been ident...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Michael Kutz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Michael Kutz‭

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Q&A Could the moon be destroyed with current technology?

Terrorists gain complete control of the world's nuclear weapons and they want to destroy the moon. Could they do this with ICBMs? If not, is there enough power in the arsenal to destroy the moon if...

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

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Q&A Planet loses its Core

What would happen to a planet if its core suddenly disappeared? I'm talking instantly and without warning, gone. I'm not concerned with how scientifically accurate this would be, because I'm absol...

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

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Q&A By what mechanism can lasers destroy an entire planet?

What circumstances must be met in order to destroy a planet with just a single laser beam hit? If this is possible at all then, please, try to provide some possible details: an approximate energ...

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

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Q&A Make a cracked planet whole again

If a flourishing planet was cracked into several parts by some external force like a weapon of mass destruction, would it be possible to put it back together again? What possible ways can be used t...

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

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Q&A Could a strong solar flare blind the eyes of living things that were out in the open?

I would like to know on how powerful a solar flare must be to affect blind the eyes of living things, if it's indeed possible. Will it blind only half of the planet, or will it emit for a day or tw...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by undulationer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by undulationer‭

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Q&A How many people would survive the nuclear winter after a full-scale nuclear war, and where?

Could anyone could survive a nuclear war and all that follows? I have read many things saying they would, and read other science-based answers, but they all talked about a nuclear war that was re...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by TechPro19‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by TechPro19‭

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Q&A How long after a global nuclear disaster would the world become habitable by humans again?

So at some point in the future, humans have small colonies on the Moon, on Mars and many space stations in orbit of all the planets in the solar system. Everything is going great until one day some...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by fiend‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by fiend‭

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Q&A Antimatter Explosion Signature

The DoomFleet returns! And this time, it's with a more "Conventional" weapon - That is, projectiles with an antimatter core. Ultra-simple explanation is they have a "small" amount of antimatter in...

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